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Beyond the Bale : June August 2009
2 Contents cover story 12 Woolgrowers share their best shed profit tips A new DVD that analyses the wool-handling practices of five woolgrowers offers valuable insights into where money can be made and saved WoolPoll 2009: your vote counts WoolPoll 2009 is the once-inthree-years opportunity for Australian wool levy payers to help guide the future direction of their industry oN farm 04 mulesing phase-out gains pace in 2009 04 National Wool Declaration use will reward growers 05 Lifetime ewe management Program feeds productivity 06 astute spending can lower costs of production 08 twin sowing: a new rotation road tested 10 software assesses high fertiliser prices 11 a guide to making more profit from pastures creatiNg DemaND 14 on assignment: marketing wool in Korea 16 success for shower clean suit in Japan 18 sydney show crowds warm to wool awards 20 Woolmark celebrates the ‘little black dress’ 21 Designer gary Bigeni shapes wool into his future PiPeLiNe 22 sheep reveal their climatic resilience 22 Wool classers add value 23 apparel forum predicts industry rationalisation 23 an international celebration of natural fibres The poll provides the opportunity for wool levy payers to determine the proportion of their wool income to be allocated to fund wool marketing and R&D activities for the three financial years from 1 July 2010. The funds raised by the levy are invested by AWI to improve the long-term profitability of Australian woolgrowers. Currently, woolgrowers are paying a levy of two per cent, which is split 60:40 between AWI’s off-farm (demand) and on-farm (supply) endeavours. Woolgrowers who have paid $100 or more in wool sales levy in the three years to 30 June 2009 are eligible to vote in WoolPoll 2009. There are five levy rate options included in the WoolPoll 2009 vote: three per cent, 2.5 per cent, two per cent, one per cent and zero. In the lead-up to the November ballot, the WoolPoll 2009 process WooLPoLL 2009 timetaBLe activity Levy payers advised of voting entitlements Voting entitlement cut-off date (deadline for levy payers to query voting entitlements) Voting kits mailed to levy payers Deadline for levy payers to cast votes Cover photo: Tom Small photographed by Brad Collis. Announcement of WoolPoll result at AWI AGM Date from which voted rate is applicable Executive editor: Richard Smith, AWI Corporate Communications AWI, Level 30, 580 George St, Sydney NSW 2000 AWI, GPO Box 4177, Sydney NSW 2001 P 02 8295 3100 F 02 8295 4100 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.woolinnovation.com Beyond the Bale is published by Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI), a company funded by Australian woolgrowers and the Australian Government. AWI’s goal is to increase the demand for wool by actively selling Merino wool and its attributes through investments in marketing and R&D. Beyond the Bale is online at http://digital.wool.com.au AWI Helpline, 1800 070 099 Subscription: Beyond the Bale is available free. To subscribe contact AWI: P 02 8295 3100 E email@example.com Copyright: Material in Beyond the Bale is copyright. Reproduction of the material is encouraged. However due acknowledgement is required. Disclaimer: Information in Beyond the Bale is not intended as professional advice. AWI will not accept responsibility for any liability arising from reliance on the contents. is being presided over by an independent panel made up of industry specialists and advocates, chaired by Will Roberts. The WoolPoll panel recommended to AWI the most appropriate levy rate options. The panel will also be responsible for making recommendations regarding voting information offered at the poll and for ensuring that the WoolPoll process runs effectively and as required under the Wool Levy Poll Regulations 2003. Woolgrowers will be provided with a Voter Information Memorandum in September, which will explain how WoolPoll works and how AWI proposes to invest the levy funds at each levy rate option. Included with the Memorandum will be a ballot paper and a summary of a Review of Performance of AWI. The AWI Board will make a recommendation to industry in September on what level of investment it supports. Under the Wool Services Privatisation Act 2000, AWI is required to conduct a poll of woolgrower levy payers every three years. The previous WoolPoll was held in 2006. date 3 September 2009 11 September 2009 25 September 2009 6 november 2009 20 november 2009 1 July 2010 Beyond the Bale is written and produced for AWI by Coretext Pty Ltd. Editor: Kellie Penfold Creative director: Tim Claeys Coretext, PO Box 12542, Melbourne Vic 8006 P 03 9670 1168 F 03 9670 1127 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.coretext.com.au AWI is a commercially aware company and the decision to include advertising in Beyond the Bale has been taken as a demonstration of its commitment to provide the best service at minimum costs. Advertising sales: Max Hyde, Hyde Media Pty Ltd P 03 9870 4161 F 03 9870 4163 E email@example.com Advertising is subject to terms and conditions published on the ratecard, which is available from Hyde Media. ISSN: 1447-9680 June – August 2009 Beyond the Bale
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