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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2012-13
For the first time, the results and recommendations from the EverGraze research program have been presented as regionally relevant information packages to help producers across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia manage their pasture and livestock systems. The information quantifies the productivity, economic, environmental, risk and lifestyle impacts of implementing changes on farm. The regional packages are available on the new EverGraze website (www.evergraze.com.au) and are a fitting legacy from the research program carried out across six large-scale research sites (proof sites) and more than 60 on-farm demonstration sites in NSW, Victoria, WA, SA and Tasmania between 2003 and 2013. The new packages cover the following five regions: South West Victoria (Lower) North East Victoria, Southern NSW and South West Victoria (Upper) Central Tablelands NSW North West Slopes NSW South Coast WA. Within the regional packages, information is provided according to each region's soils, climate, pastures, livestock systems, and key production and environmental factors. Producers from other regions across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia will also find the tools and information useful. The aims of the EverGraze program were to design, test and implement farming systems based on perennials, which significantly increase profitability of livestock enterprises and at the same time reduce ground water recharge and soil loss by water and wind in the high rainfall zone of southern Australia. To achieve the aims, the project applied a set of principles, which can be summarised as Putting the Right Plant in the Right Place for the Right Purpose with the Right Management. Using a range of extension methods, over the period of the project, EverGraze has engaged over 14,000 farmers and advisors and achieved practice change on more than 4000 farms and at least 200,000ha, with measured increases in productivity and profitability, resulting in a return on funds invested of 5:1. EverGraze is funded by AWI in partnership with the Future Farm Industries CRC and CMAs and Meat & Livestock Australia. Implementing farming systems based on EverGraze principles can improve pasture productivity. Wild dogs cost the wool industry $20.95 million every year. The impact of wild dogs is felt across Queensland, the pastoral and now cereal zones of Western Australia, the NSW pastoral zone, and along the Great Dividing Range in NSW and Victoria. In April, the AWI Board endorsed the investment of $1 million as part of a new Community Wild Dog Control Initiative'. The initiative follows on from AWI's current wild dog control program which has achieved control methods across 1.3 million square kilometres of country in every mainland state of Australia through almost 50 wild dog control groups. Survey results of 259 participants revealed how: 41% intend to reintroduce sheep 71% noticed an increase in native animals 68% intend to increase sheep numbers 94% reported better wellbeing as a result of participating. AWI invests in a comprehensive suite of projects in wild dog control, including: baiting, coordination and support to implement wild dog management plans, supporting woolgrower participation in wild dog advisory groups, understanding social influences on wild dog control, training, and research and analysis. Funding goes towards practical on-ground control activities such as purchasing refrigeration to keep fresh meat for baiting, aerial baiting programs, assistance with wild doggers, and establishing new producer groups. AWI investment is leveraged with funding from local governments and natural resource managers and woolgrowers, to help grower groups protect and rebuild their flocks. AWI is keen to help groups develop long term solutions. Helping bridge the divide between the city and regional areas, Young Farming Champions are breaking the stereotypes of the conventional Australian farmer. Co-sponsored by AWI, the initiative is a program developed by Art4Agriculture -- a network of young people who share a passion about teaching others the pivotal role Australian farmers play in feeding and clothing the world. This program is not only helping build the capability of young rural people to farm with resilience and confidence, but it provides a great platform to spark the next generation's interest in an agricultural career. AWI currently has seven recipients chosen to represent the wool industry and become local faces of sustainable primary production. They go to schools to engage with the students, share stories and improve understanding about woolgrowers and farming, and work together to find possible solutions to the challenges facing the wool industry and the wider community. City students are given an insight into modern woolgrowing practices and the efforts our woolgrowers undertake. In turn, the meetings provide the Young Farming Champions with a better understanding of woolgrowers' urban customers. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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