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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2012-13
Environment and climate change (continued) Work is under way to generate decision making tools for producers on management of an intensive rotational system for improved and native pastures, as well as implications for carbon sequestration. Over 300 producers and agricultural students have visited experimental sites at the Orange Agricultural Institute and Panuara in 2012/2013 to learn about stocking rate, paddock number and rotation speed, for a typical productive native and introduced pasture. The extension and adoption phase of EverGraze continued with the development of decision making regional packages. A new interactive website has been developed, where woolgrowers can access extensive information on farming systems based on perennials. Key outcomes from the Southern Livestock Adaptation to climate variability project (undertaken in 89 distinct locations across southern Australia) were distributed in brochure form. The Climate Champions continue to work with scientists and the wool industry to provide relevant tailored information, feedback on research results and adaptation options for wool production. Carbon The Wool Carbon Alliance met twice for robust discussions on carbon and environmental issues across the wool supply chain and make recommendations to AWI. Work is progressing in field testing of an intra-ruminal device for measuring gases from ruminants. This will help wool producers measure the amount of wasted energy released through ruminal gases (including methane), hence improve feed use efficiency and opportunity to participate in carbon markets. The Carbon Credentials for the Australian Wool Industry' are being assessed to determine the relative contribution of wool in the landscape. This will assist AWI to demonstrate and market the industry's environmental stewardship. To do this, carbon stores and fluxes in the mixed sheep/cropping zone in Western Australia and the high rainfall specialist wool production regions in western Victoria will be assessed. Woolgrowers in the Eyre Peninsula, and south-east South Australia have taken the initiative to understand the role of wool in carbon capture and enhancing mixed farming productivity through increasing carbon stocks and soil health. The farm carbon story has been completed on 15 farm businesses, detailing sequestration and emissions on 19 enterprises. Provenance, verification and promotion of wool carbon eco-credentials The wool lifecycle analysis (LCA) is being concluded. Extensive on-farm data collection and modelling is expected to confirm the low carbon footprint of wool (from cradle to farmgate). The findings will be communicated to the IWTO. Peer reviewed publication is under way. Work is progressing in the development of a woolgrower self-assessment tool which covers animal welfare, people and carbon among other things. In particular, the AWI On-farm team is building robust science to support the carbon component of the tool to meet market requirements and provide credibility in a LCA and standards based framework. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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