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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2012-13
Education and extension to woolgrowers AWI has continued to invest and grow its state based extension networks which have again expanded their membership to 8100 producers. Strong partnerships with state departments, private providers and woolgrowers have secured ongoing funds for Leading Sheep (Qld), Sheep Connect NSW, BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB (Vic), Sheep Connect Tasmania, Sheep Connect South Australia, The Sheep's Back (WA) and Bestprac (pastoral) networks. Making More from Sheep has continued in partnership with Meat & Livestock Australia. 1430 producers have participated in events. A strong emphasis has been placed on evaluation of the events and capturing changes of knowledge, skills, aspirations and attitudes amongst participants. AWI delivered its Wool Clip series of events with local partners to provide growers an update on the outcomes of AWI investments at a local level. A total of 16 events were held across Australia with 728 attendees. Bredwell Fedwell has continued in partnership with Meat & Livestock Australia with 1031 producers participating in workshops held across the country. AWI continued to invest in leadership opportunities for the industry including 2013 Nuffield Scholar Matthew Ispen of Wareek, Victoria who is studying world's best practice in sheep reproduction and lamb survival. Education and extension to stakeholders and the marketplace AWI continued its investment in future professionals of the industry through the Sheep CRC Postgraduate Program. AWI supported undergraduate student Lauren Crothers who is studying at the University of Queensland, through the Horizon Scholarship program -- a joint initiative of RDCs. AWI fostered young advocates for the wool industry as a partner in the Young Farming Champions program which saw Stephanie Grills, Sammi Townsend and Lauren Crothers visit schools and tell their wool story to primary and secondary students involved in the Art4Agriculture program. See page 12. AWI, DAFWA, and NSW DPI lead the implementation of the National Wool RD&E Strategy. The 2012 Researcher Forum process identified six proposals for further development in the areas of apps, parasite extension, remote monitoring for production and animal welfare and selecting for lifetime productivity. Projects commissioned this year from the 2011 forum are the impact of mob size during lambing on twin lamb survival, fail safe guides to grazing pregnant and lambing ewes on cereals and collecting and reviewing past unpublished and published research on fibre quality to identify research gaps to fill market opportunities. These projects collaborate with MLA, DPI Victoria, Murdoch University, CSIRO, Deakin University, AWTA, University of New England and University of Sydney. Wool forecasting and market feedback The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) process continued in 2012/13, under the streamlined arrangements implemented in 2010/11, with AWI providing funding, analytical and secretarial support for the AWPFC, and providing the vehicle for grower and trade communication. Three AWPFC reports were released in 2012/13 (August and December 2012, and April 2013), following the State and National Committee processes. The reports have been made available on AWI's new website for woolgrowers via www.wool.com/en/market-intelligence and AWI's wool trade website via www.woolmark.com/market-intelligence. AWI and MLA continued to collaborate in conduct of the joint "Sheepmeat and Wool" surveys of producers -- surveys were conducted in June and October 2012, and February 2013. AWI and MLA co-invested in conduct of an expert review of the respective wool and lamb production forecasting processes, seeking to identify areas for improvement in forecasting accuracy. While current wool production forecasting accuracy is comparatively very good, at around +/- 2 per cent, some opportunities for ongoing improvement have been identified, and will be considered by the AWPFC. REPORT OF OPERATIONS -- ON-FARM R&D
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