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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2012-13
Shearer and wool handler training 1571 shearers and 983 wool handlers were trained directly through AWI-funded programs in 2012/13 across NSW, WA, Vic, SA, Qld and Tas. An additional 786 participants attended a range of shearing and wool handling workshops. These workshops serve an important role in providing training across a wide range of skills and knowledge. 1370 school students in WA were provided with an introduction to the wool harvesting industry by AWI-funded coaches through in-shed or at school demonstrations of shearing and woolhandling. AWI increased investment across recruitment and training activities in 2012/13 and this was reflected in a significant increase in participation. AWI provided support to 47 shearing competitions to a total of $127,100 in 2012/13. Part of AWI's support includes payment of entry fees for learner shearers and novice wool handlers. The aims are to promote excellence in the wool harvesting industry, encourage young people to join the industry, and encourage continued development of techniques in shearing and woolhandling. Consistency workshops for trainers were conducted in August 2012 at Dubbo (NSW) for Queensland and northern NSW trainers; Ballarat (Vic) for southern NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia trainers, and at Narrogin (WA) for CY O'Connor College of TAFE and Great Southern Institute of Technology (WA) trainers. Planning was undertaken for consistency workshops conducted in July/August 2013 at Wagga Wagga (NSW) and Katanning (WA). Exchange programs have been established with New Zealand for young potential trainers, and both interstate and with New Zealand for senior trainers. Elite trainer workshops have been conducted for: o Shearers -- Dubbo (NSW) o Woolhandlers -- Ballarat (Vic) o Sharpening & Grinding -- Roseworthy (SA) Environment and climate change Three projects are under way that seek to explore ways by which producers can better utilize phosphorous (P) which is the key nutrient in legume driven pasture systems. This is expected to reduce the cost of fertilizer use by at least 30 per cent. P efficiency rankings and critical P requirements by legume genotype has been completed. Work is progressing that seeks to address questions of how productivity and P efficiency could be increased from native or naturalised pastures. Initial results indicate that the commonly-sown pasture species accessed relatively little sparingly soluble P, whereas the native grasses took up a much larger proportion of their P from these forms. Sparingly soluble P is defined as P that is not extracted by the Colwell extract. New techniques to measure the capacity of plants to access "stored P" that is not detected by conventional soil tests of plant-available' P such as Olsen and Colwell are being tested. These techniques permit a comparison of the capacity of different pasture species (native and naturalised) to access "stored P" from major soil groups in the perennial pasture zone of southern Australia. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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