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Beyond the Bale : Jun 07 - Jul 07 Supplement
The Beyond the Bale supplement is published by Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI), a company funded by Australian sheep and wool producers and the Australian Government. Executive Editor: Richard Smith, Senior Project Manager, Publications, AWI AWI, Level 5, 16-20 Barrack St, Sydney NSW 2000 AWI, GPO Box 4177, Sydney NSW 2001 P (02) 9299 5155 F (02) 9299 9880 E email@example.com W www.woolinnovation.com.au AWI info line 1800 070 099 Subscription: Beyond the Bale and supplements are available free. To subscribe, contact Richard Smith at AWI on 02 9299 5155, email firstname.lastname@example.org Beyond the Bale is online at www.wool.com.au Copyright: Material in the Beyond the Bale supplement is copyright. Reproduction of the material is encouraged. However due acknowledgement is required. Disclaimer: Information in the Beyond the Bale supplement is not intended as professional advice. AWI will not accept responsibility for any liability arising from reliance on the contents. The Beyond the Bale supplement is produced for AWI by Coretext Pty Ltd Editorial director: Brad Collis Editor: Kellie Penfold Creative director: Tim Claeys Coretext, GPO Box 5357, Melbourne Vic 3001 P (03) 9670 1168 F (03) 9670 1127 E email@example.com W www.coretext.com.au ISSN: 1447-9680 Cover photo: Currie Communications Product number : MA071303 WOOLGROWERS AS ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS 4 SUSTAINABLE PROFIT: ON-THE- MONEY SOLUTIONS 5 PASTURES A KEY TO SOLVING SALINITY 6 BIODIVERSITY BOOSTS THE BOTTOM LINE 8 RANGELANDS PRODUCTIVITY 10 LESS RISK, MORE CONFIDENCE IN MANAGING CLIMATE 11 RIPARIAN REPAIR DIVIDENDS 12 USING THE FUTURE TO SHAPE THE PRESENT 14 WOOL INDUSTRY NEXT STEPS 15 LAND, WATER & WOOL RESOURCES 16 By Tom Dunbabin Tasmanian woolgrower and chair, Sustainable Wool Advisory Group Investment through Land, Water & Wool has put the Australian wool industry at the forefront of world knowledge on sustainable grazing-land management. Land, Water & Wool is the wool industry's nationwide natural resource management program. It has developed better ways of managing for profit and a healthier environment. If you were not directly involved in the program, you may be familiar with many of our trial sites and products detailed throughout this publication. Initiated five years ago by AWI and Land & Water Australia, the program recognised that the wool industry, in common with most agricultural industries, was facing big environmental challenges. Woolgrowers were also faced with the difficulty of finding relevant information on sustainable natural resource management techniques that were applicable to their industry, as well as balancing the commercial realities of running a complex grazing business. In many ways, Land, Water & Wool has now filled that gap. The program worked with more than 4200 woolgrowers to identify and pursue the natural resource management research questions of most importance to them. The program has tackled topics that are at the heart of profitable and sustainable land management for woolgrowers in Australia: ú living with dryland salinity; ú sustaining native vegetation and biodiversity; ú managing our waterways and associated land; ú maintaining and improving the rangelands used for pastoral production; ú developing tools to help woolgrowers manage our variable and changing climate; and ú exploring what the industry's future could be in the next 25 years and the associated environmental issues. Uniquely, much of the research was undertaken during a period of extreme drought, which has resulted in important new natural resource management information for woolgrowers looking to improve business resilience and decision-making in times of low rainfall. The program's findings emphasise that profitable production and sound environmental management are achievable, and highlight ways that woolgrowers can make more money while improving the environment. I thank everyone involved with this tremendous program and commend its findings to anyone interested in the future of the wool industry and the environment of Australia. ú SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES IN THIS ISSUE INTRODUCTION The national Land, Water & Wool program, the wool industry's most significant investment in natural resource management research and development, has revealed profitable wool production and improved environmental management can be highly compatible. Five years of research findings and outcomes from Land, Water & Wool have been consolidated into the Managing for Sustainable Profit repor t for the benefit "No one has asked me before what I want to know about.That's the great thing about this project -- it is looking at things I want answers to." -- MALCOLM SCHAEFER, woolgrower, Kangaroo Island (Left) Tom Dunbabin, chair of the Sustainable Wool Advisory Group, with Ian Rogan, AWI's wool production general manager. 2 BEYOND THE BALE LAND,WATER & WOOL SUPPLEMENT PHOTO: CURRIE COMMUNICATIONS
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