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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
AWI THREE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN Our Strategic Plan for the three financial years 2016/17 to 2018/19 was released on 1 July and is available on the AWI website at www.wool.com. We consulted widely with woolgrowers and their representatives to ensure that industry views are incorporated into the plan. Through AWI’s extensive Planning and Consultation Cycle, we will continue to ensure that woolgrower levies are directed to projects that deliver the greatest value to woolgrowers. An overview of the Strategic Plan was posted to recipients of Beyond the Bale along with this edition. HIGH PERFORMANCE JACKET: OFFER FOR WOOLGROWERS Uses the latest OptimTM technology, Merino wool is able to be woven into an immensely dense fabric that is more resistant to water and wind, while retaining all of Merino wool’s fine properties, such as breathability. The 100 per cent Australian Merino wool fabric has recently been commercially launched and is being used in both the fashion and outdoor markets. To enable wool levy payers to experience the benefits of Merino wool in this innovative way, at cost price, we have produced an exclusive jacket – the Woolmark Optim WR jacket – that is now available for purchase online at www.wool.com/woolstore. See the back cover for further details. WOOL EXCHANGE PORTAL AWI has engaged a Wool Exchange Portal (WEP) Working Group to assess the viability of the major recommendation of the Wool Selling Systems Review (WSSR): the creation of an online WEP. The WSSR Panel’s Final Report (available at www.wool.com/wssr) stated a WEP would address a number of issues raised by industry, including reducing transaction costs and digitising the exchange of wool whilst creating greater transparency in the process. The Working Group has been asked to provide AWI with a clear yes or no decision on a WEP and for this decision to be provided by the time of AWI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 18 November this year. FLYSTRIKE R&D REMAINS HIGH PRIORITY Animal health and welfare is AWI’s highest research priority. Since 2005, AWI has invested $59 million in animal health and welfare research, development and extension (RD&E), including more than $34 million on flystrike prevention. AWI remains committed to the RD&E program to both reduce the reliance on mulesing and improve the lifetime welfare outcome of sheep. At the National Wool R&D Technical Update on Breech Flystrike Prevention held in July (see page 34), attendees heard about the progress of industry initiatives including breeding for flystrike resistance, the liquid nitrogen process, and two Meloxicam products Buccalgesic® and Metacam® 20. AWI supports all woolgrowers in their choice of best practice animal health and welfare control options to manage flystrike. AWI GENETIC INVESTMENTS The existing Sheep Genetics business plan has concluded successfully, particularly from a wool industry perspective. For the five years from July 2011 to June 2016, Merino breeder membership in MERINOSELECT grew at an average of 8.8% per annum. Sheep Genetics cost recovery targets were comfortably exceeded in each of the past two years, which demonstrated to AWI that the program is self-sustaining. As a consequence, AWI has determined that the MERINOSELECT service no longer requires financial subsidisation, and AWI funding is exclusively focused for genetic research and development activities aligned with AWI’s Strategic Plan targets. This includes expansion of the Merino Lifetime Productivity project; support for Merino Sire Evaluation (see page 46); Merino Bloodline Performance evaluations; development of new, low cost commercial technologies for parentage determination and other targeted research approved on a case by case basis. CANID PEST EJECTORS TO COMBAT WILD DOGS An efficient tool for delivering 1080 into the mouths of wild dogs and foxes is now available across most areas of mainland Australia. Canid Pest Ejectors are baited, spring-activated devices that propel the toxin directly into a predator’s mouth as it pulls upwards on the bait. They are an additional control method – along with regular ground and aerial 1080 baiting, new PAPP baiting, trapping, fencing and shooting – available to woolgrowers and other landholders to reduce wild dog and fox numbers. SUPERFINE MERINO GOOD FOR SKIN HEALTH In positive news for the wool industry, AWI- funded clinical studies have demonstrated that suitably selected Merino base-layer garments are healthy and therapeutic for the skin, especially for those with the most sensitive skin such as eczema sufferers (see page 24). The aim of the research is to ultimately open doors to new markets for wool such as babywear, sleepwear and underwear as well as base layer activewear. These are relatively new markets for wool, containing products that are used every day and can command a high retail price per kilogram of fibre used – which is good news for Australian woolgrowers. AWI ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) The AWI 2016 AGM will be held on Friday 18 November at the Swissotel Sydney at 68 Market St, Sydney. Formal notice and meeting papers will be sent to AWI shareholders in October. AWI shareholders who are unable to attend the AGM in person will be able to view the AGM proceedings via webcast. Further details are available on the AWI website at www.wool.com/agm. The AWI 2015/16 Annual Report will also be released in October. GETTING ON WITH BUSINESS We are continuing with initiatives to help increase the demand for wool through investments in marketing and R&D – from farm to fashion. Stuart McCullough Chief Executive Officer Australian Wool Innovation UPFRONT 3
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