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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2012-13
The Australian Government is a major investor in AWI, collecting and disbursing statutory levies and providing taxpayer funds for eligible industry research, development and extension (RD&E) activities. As the wool industry's Rural Research and Development Corporation (RDC), AWI is the Australian Government's primary vehicle for funding innovation in the wool industry. AWI's plan for RD&E delivery is an element of the National RD&E Framework, an Australian Government initiative to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of RD&E. The initiative is delivering strategies for all agricultural sectors including wool and sheepmeat, and cross sector strategies including animal welfare, biosecurity and climate change. The RDCs, State Government agencies, CSIRO and universities are all signatories to the initiative. AWI participates in the National RD&E Framework through its support of the implementation of several strategies sitting under the framework in partnership with other RDCs: National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy, Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI), National Animal Biosecurity RD&E Strategy, Australian Wool Industry Animal Biosecurity RD&E Strategy, National Sheepmeat Production RD&E Strategy, and its own sector strategy, the National Wool RD&E Strategy. AWI participates in an annual forum of researchers and industry stakeholders to identify R&D or extension projects. AWI has committed to fund one project of the two presented to date. AWI participates in CCRSPI and its affiliate research programs such as "Filling the Gaps" in relation to efficient livestock production. AWI links to the National Sheepmeat Production RD&E Strategy through the National Wool RD&E Strategy in cofunding sheep research. Beyond project investment, AWI is collaborating on improving the efficiency of the management of research through harmonisation of research contracts. AWI, the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia and NSW Departmet of Primary Industries continue to lead the implementation of the National Wool RD&E Strategy. The Researcher Forum was held in September 2012 to address the priorities from growers and others listed under the program framework in the National Wool RDE Strategy. Six proposals being developed from that forum (either new concepts or supported concepts) are: developing mobile apps for parasite control; nationally coordinating and supporting the FlyBoss, WormBoss and LiceBoss entities; remote monitoring for production and animal welfare; mobile biosecurity/disease/feral animal alerts; selecting for lifetime productivity; and reviewing adoption of parasite control tools. Projects commissioned this year from last year's 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, the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Murdoch University, CSIRO, Deakin University, AWTA, the University of New England and the University of Sydney. Under this strategy's links to the National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy, AWI is funding a community attitudes survey with the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and Australian Pork Limited. AWI appreciates the access it has to the outcomes of the Unified Filed Index project under the welfare strategy to enhance its own grower self-assessment tool development, despite not funding this project. R&D collaboration with other organisations during 2012/13 made AWI investments more efficient and effective by reducing duplication, maximising leverage and providing a greater platform for adoption. Collaboration, especially with other RDCs, also helped AWI and the collaborating parties address the Government's National Research Priorities (NRPs) and Rural Research and Development Priorities (RRDPs) -- see the following section overleaf on page 42. Given that the primary ruminant at the heart of AWI's R&D and marketing efforts (ie sheep) is also of interest to a number of other RDCs, AWI has a demonstrated history of collaborating on R&D projects with other members of the RDC family. During 2012/13, AWI was involved in a significant number of collaborations with research bodies such as RDCs, government departments of agriculture, industry organisations, CSIRO, universities and commercial partners. Major collaborations during 2012/13 include: WormBoss, which is helping producers with worm management practices (with the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation and leading Australian parasitologists, researchers and consultants) LiceBoss, which is helping producers with lice management practices (with the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation) helping to overcome predation by wild dogs and foxes, and helping to develop new control options for rabbits (with the Invasive Animals CRC and NSW Department of Primary Industries) Sheep Genetics, which is enabling breeders to achieve higher rates of genetic gain (with MLA); EverGraze, which is helping high rainfall producers increase the profitability of grazing systems (with MLA and the Future Farm Industries CRC) shearer and wool handler training with Registered Training Organisation providers around Australia a number of projects with the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation Making More From Sheep, which is the best practice manual plus ongoing workshops for sheep producers (with MLA) Extension activities with state and regional based organisations and departments of agriculture, including BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB (Vic), Sheep Connect NSW, The Sheep's Back (WA), Bestprac (Pastoral), Sheep Connect SA, Leading Sheep (Qld) and Sheep Connect Tasmania. 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