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Wool Stocktake : Annual Report 2006-07
53 Australian Wool Innovation Limited 2006/07 sustAinAble production systems Target Performance against target Pastures Australia, a partnership of ﬁve RDCs, will implement a new approach to support pasture plant breeding, focussing on increased commercial use of existing cultivars, more commercial sector involvement, clearer evaluation of performance of different cultivars. A range of projects underway to increase producer uptake of new pasture varieties such as Serradella, Biserrula and Sulla through better agronomy and management information. Pastures Australia is working with public and private sector plant breeders to scope the potential for a National Va r i e ty Te s t i n g system and to encourage the increased adoption of genetic evaluation tools to increase the efﬁciency of pasture plant breeding and the rate of genetic gain for the industry. A web based Pasture Picker will provide a “one stop” pasture selection tool to industry, drawing on all the latest information relating to pastures and their performance. Implement a new NRM strategy with emphasis on delivery of LWW products, improving rabbit and weed control, and developing a practical Environmental Stewardship program for wool producers. Land, Wate r & Wo ol (LWW) ﬁnal reports launched in Canberra in June. Strong demand for LWW products and tools continued. During 2006/07, 9344 products were ordered and approximately 10,900 unique visitors viewed the website. During the program life, approximately 23,200 woolgrowers interacted with LWW information and activities and 3,200 of these adopted a practice change. Landleader – environmental stewardship program has completed its ﬁrst trial with over 1200 producers participating. Recommendations arising from the trial will be implemented in the following consolidation and collaboration phase involving CMAs. Best Management Practice Guidelines and Case Study brochures for control of Silver leaf Nightshade and Paterson’s Curse released. Brochures for Chilean Needle Grass, African Love Grass, Serrated Tu s s o ck and Thistles are currently in production. A CD on the biological control of Paterson’s Curse was produced for distribution at training and biocontrol agent distribution days. Complete and release an economic analysis of Lifetime Wo ol project beneﬁts. Economic analysis completed for south-west WA and southern Victoria and made available via the Lifetime Wo ol website. Northern NSW analysis still to be completed. Drought feeding and annual pasture feed budgeting tools developed and 5900 copies distributed. During 2006/07, 2250 woolgrowers, 400 consultants and 710 industry peers have been exposed to Lifetime Wo ol messages. Te s t and demonstrate improved productivity of low input pasture systems with beneﬁts for animal production and natural resource management (Evergraze project collaboration with MLA and Salinity CRC). Three proof sites established at Orange, Ta m w o r t h and Albury/Wodonga, NSW to test management techniques to improve the perenniality and productivity of unimproved pasture systems. Up to 50 supporting sites to be established though collaboration with 13 regional NRM bodies and producer productivity groups.
AWI Annual Report 2007-08