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Beyond the Bale : Oct 07 - Nov 07
3 AWI NEWS BEYOND THE BALE NEW CRC TO TARGET WHOLE SHEEP INDUSTRY A new future for Australia's $6.2 billion sheep industr y was unveiled with the launch of the new Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) by former Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Gwyder John Anderson MP at the University of New England in Armidale. The new Sheep CRC is co-funded under the Australian Government's CRC Program and represents a $111 million investment over seven years by government and industr y, harnessing the research activities and exper tise of 20 leading research and industry organisations, including AWI. Sheep Industry Innovation CRC chairman Dr John Keniry says the new body will focus on transforming the sheep industr y as a whole and specifically target slow adoption rates for new technology as a barrier to productivity and quality. "It is impor tant to note that we are a sheep CRC: we are not a wool CRC or a meat CRC," Dr Kenir y says. "We are deliberately focused on the whole animal and aiming to optimise its performance. "In the past, Australia's sheep industr y has often let itself down through slow adoption rates for new technology. Arguably, the gap between the science available to the industr y and its application is as large now as it has ever been in our 200-year history.The new CRC is looking to change that dynamic through the application of the latest genetic technology to develop better sheep, better meat and better wool." Newly appointed CEO for the CRC Professor James Rowe echoes Dr Kenir y's sentiments on the need to address the gap between technology development and its adoption, par ticularly by producers. "Research for its own sake counts for very little," Professor Rowe says. "The real value of the Sheep Industry Innovation CRC is in producing outcomes that can be adopted by producers, delivering to them practical benefits and positive economic outcomes." The Sheep Industry Innovation CRC has four research programs: transforming sheep and their management, next-generation wool quality, next-generation meat quality and the 'Information Nucleus'.The research programs are suppor ted by two programs designed to deliver results to industr y: education and training, and commercialisation and adoption. Professor Rowe says the new CRC has set itself ambitious goals in terms of productivity gains, which are achievable in light of the scientific basis for the proposed research activities and its commitment to achieving rapid industr y adoption. "This is what the CRC model is all about -- bringing together a national team with international linkages to work in a coordinated way to create new oppor tunities for the sheep industry." More information: www.sheepcrc.org.au AWI's 2007 AGM in Geelong Woolgrowers are asked to mark Wednesday 14 November on their calendars as the date for AWI's 2007 Annual General Meeting (AGM). It will be held at 2pm at the Kardinia Heights Centre, at the corner of Anakie and Ballarat Roads, Bell Post Hill (four kilometres north-west of Geelong) in Victoria. A program of events from 8.30 in the morning will feature interactive displays from AWI's on-farm portfolio, focused on wool harvesting, mulesing alternatives, environmental sustainability, genetics and 'eco' wool; plus a showcase of AWI's apparel product development and international activities in retail, trade and fashion. Following the success of Shear$marter in Dubbo in June, a feature of the morning program will be an opportunity to hear from shearing and wool-handling experts on how to prepare your clip for maximum profit, as well as to see a top Australian team perform a one-hour run.The event is designed to give insight into shearing and wool-handling best practice and offers a great opportunity to meet and network with local shearing contractors. AWI shareholders will be sent the formal AGM notice of meeting and proxy voting papers with the annual report in mid-October. Using the AWI website, AWI shareholders can opt to receive corporate shareholder communications by email notification and can also use the website to check their shareholding details and voting entitlements. Shareholders should go to www.woolinnovation.com. au/shares, then to 'Share Registry Service'.Woolgrowers will need their Shareholder Reference Number (SRN) to access the online share registry section and view their details. For further information on electronic communication options or voting entitlement, AWI shareholders should telephone Link Market Services toll free on 1800 113 373. More information: AGM and forum, 1800 070 099; shareholder information, www.woolinnovation.com.au/shares, 1800 113 373 A national identification system The recent outbreak of equine influenza has renewed focus on Australian agriculture's ability to respond effectively to a disease outbreak. Other outbreaks of exotic diseases in livestock around the world over the past two to three years have highlighted the need for a system in Australia that delivers lifetime traceability of all our livestock.The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) goes a long way to meeting this requirement to ensure the minimisation of the social and financial impact of a disease outbreak. Ask South Australian woolgrower Geoff Power to sum up the NLIS and he will give you just three words: security of markets. Geoff firmly believes the introduction of NLIS can only benefit Australian farmers as it will help maintain access to key export markets. "NLIS isn't about imposing costs on farmers," Geoff says. "It's more about preventing the loss of income should a disease outbreak occur. "I think the key benefit of the system is to maintain our reputation as a producer of quality product. It's an effective and fast trace-back system to really minimise disruption to industry." Although NLIS has slight differences in every state, the key outcome remains the same. By ensuring sheep are identified throughout their lives, Australian farmers are ensuring that an outbreak of disease does not have to mean the end of our markets. AWI shareholders will have received an NLIS brief for their state with this issue of Beyond the Bale. The chairman of the previous Sheep CRC, Ian Sinclair (left), with Dr John Keniry, chairman of the new Sheep Industry Innovation CRC. WIN $10,000 OVERSEAS STUDY TOUR Raising the Baa A competition to recognise innovative sheep and wool producers. National winner prize valued at $10,000 overseas sheep or wool study tour for two Six state winner prizes valued at $4,200 study tour around Australia visiting other state winners Key judging criteria • Production systems and efficiency • Ease of management • Enterprise development and innovation • Environmental impact and benefits Kondinin Group and partners invite sheep and wool producers to enter this national competition. For details and entry form contact Kondinin Group on 1800 677 761 or www.kondinin.com.au Entries close 19 October 2007. Partners and funders Supported by
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