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Beyond the Bale : Jun 07 - Jul 07 Supplement
LAND,WATER & WOOL SUPPLEMENT BEYOND THE BALE 15 Well-maintained natural resources are the foundation of profitable and sustainable wool businesses. Business profitability will suffer without diverse, productive pastures and bushland, or clean, fresh water, or healthy, active soil. In addition, beautiful, well-managed, biodiverse properties are a source of pride for their owners and a source of motivation for other producers and the community. Land, Water & Wool has developed a range of knowledge, resources and practices that will enable woolgrowers to implement sustainable practices and develop profitable wool enterprises into the future. AWI will continue to invest in projects that develop profitable wool enterprises while improving the natural resource base, and will ensure that the industry's commitment to sound environmental management is demonstrated to the community. Land, Water & Wool knowledge provides the basis for a number of AWI initiatives. EverGraze and Grain & Graze aim to develop new farming systems that are more profitable and improve the natural resource base in the high-rainfall and sheep/wheat zones respectively. By increasing the proportion of perennials in the landscape, applying appropriate grazing management, or improving the pasture phase in cropping rotations, EverGraze aims to improve profitability and regionally relevant natural resource management outcomes. Grain & Graze will increase business profitability through integration of cropping and grazing enterprises, while improving resource outcomes on-farm. These projects will work closely with producers to deliver outcomes that are relevant, practical and achievable on-farm. AWI will invest to deliver knowledge, tools, practices and other resources direct to producers that can be implemented immediately to deliver profitable and sustainable businesses. A joint investment with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), 'Making More from Sheep' is a soon-to-be-released package of information and learning activities designed to help sheep producers lift the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their sheep enterprise. The package details critical procedures that are considered the baseline of best-practice sheep and wool businesses. The package contains modules on aspects of farm management covering business and people, pastures, soils, resource protection and sheep management. Land, Water & Wool knowledge, resources, products and practices will also be delivered direct to end-users, such as producers and regional NRM agencies, to achieve awareness, uptake and implementation of Land, Water & Wool- recommended knowledge. Looking further along the pipeline, there is growing awareness and concern about environmental management issues. AWI and MLA have co-invested with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to develop and trial an environmental-assurance platform for the grazing industries. 'Landleader' seeks NEXT STEPS FOR THE WOOL INDUSTRY AWI is committed to investing in projects that develop the profitability of woolgrowing and, at the same time, improve the natural resource base to establish a framework that incorporates voluntary demonstration of best practices and a system for accounting for the chemical residue, animal welfare and environmental credentials of Australian wool, and for communicating these credentials to customers. Landleader aims to help wool producers and the wool industry demonstrate environmental stewardship and high animal-welfare standards to domestic and international markets to secure the future prosperity of the wool industry and the natural resource base on which it depends. ú More information: Geoff Saul, National EverGraze coordinator, 0419 328 590, firstname.lastname@example.org; Richard Price, national operations coordinator, Grain & Graze, 02 6295 6300, email@example.com; Mary Goodacre, project manager, Making More from Sheep, 02 6859 2591, firstname.lastname@example.org; Russell Pattinson, coordinator, Landleader, 03 5429 1868, 0419 872 684, email@example.com Tree planting in spring 2006 at 'Raywood', Coolamon, NSW, a Grain & Graze focus farm. INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
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