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Beyond the Bale : Apr 07 - May 07
What's your cost of production? 3 AWI NEWS BEYOND THE BALE Welcome to the wool pages A comprehensive directory of the Australian sheep and wool industry is now available for 2007.The 11th edition of Wool Pages contains 88 pages of contacts, from sheep breed organisations through to education, spinning mills, wool buyers, tourism, wool products and crafts, plus a calendar of wool-related events.With AWI support, the Wool Pages directory is printed annually to facilitate communications throughout the entire wool industry.This useful, concise and easy-to-use booklet contains all the necessary contact details, including email addresses and websites. It answers many of those frustrating and time-consuming 'Where can I find?' queries.The directory is small enough to fit in the car glove box and smart enough to leave beside the phone. Wool Pages is produced by the Australian Wool Showcase, a voluntary wool promotion group, and reaches more than 2500 Australian and international readers annually. Wool Pages can be downloaded free from the AWI website at www.wool.com.au/publications. Hard copies are available direct from Australian Wool Showcase for $5 each, including delivery. ú More information: Australian Wool Showcase, 03 5233 6241, PO Box 34, Birregurra,Victoria, 3242 Cost of production is a key factor affecting profitability, and a new resource for woolgrowers that calculates those costs has been launched online. By understanding cost of production, producers can identify areas where improvements in business performance can be made. Available at the Woolcheque website, the Cost of Production (CoP) Calculator tells growers how much it costs to produce each kilogram of clean wool.Woolcheque is an online pricing tool available exclusively to woolgrowers and the CoP Calculator has been added to further improve it. The calculator is split into several sections where growers simply fill in details based on their own flock and financial records, including labour and overheads, over a 12-month period of their choosing.The calculator does the rest. Results can be compared year-on-year and with others in the wool industry, to reveal if there is scope for improvement or if the business is performing well. Improvements can come from increasing productivity or decreasing costs or both. AWI's program manager for sustainable systems, Lu Hogan, says the program has an ideal home on the Woolcheque website where it can be used alongside the successful wool-pricing program to maximise returns and performance and help with wool marketing decisions. "Once you know your cost of production, you can determine whether the current value of your wool is sufficient to give you an appropriate margin above those costs," she says. The calculator is a tool in the upcoming 'Making More from Sheep' package, developed by Ms Hogan's department at AWI and MLA to maximise sheep business performance. To be launched mid-2007, the package contains 11 modules covering key aspects of wool production systems, including business planning, people management, pastures, soils, animal health, genetics, marketing and 'Planning for Success', where the calculator tool is located. Growers will be able to order a folder of printed materials or download information relevant to their business from the package. It will be supported by seminars, forums and training. "Each module has a set of key procedures that are the major things you need to focus on for a profitable and successful business," Ms Hogan says. "It also has a range of tools you can use to undertake those procedures: the Cost of Production Calculator is one of those tools, as is Woolcheque." Go to www.woolcheque.com.au to price your wool and use the AWI Cost of Production Calculator. -- MELISSA MARINO Key functions of the CoP Calculator ú Measure the performance of your wool enterprise year-on-year. ú Compare the efficiency of your enterprise annually with other wool producers and find out if there is scope for improvement, or if your enterprise is already performing well. ú Use the cost of production information to help with wool marketing decisions. More information: Lu Hogan, AWI, 02 9299 5155, firstname.lastname@example.org Dial-up resource Information on every aspect of AWI's involvement in the wool industry is just a phone call away with the AWI Helpline, 1800 070 099.The toll-free service gives growers access to AWI products and publications, as well as staff who can assist with information on anything from natural resource management, mulesing, shearing and genetics through to scholarships, extension networks, market information and on to processing, apparel, retail information and fashion.The Helpline also has information relating to AWI events, the AWI website and AWI's new retail resource, Buy Merino. Buy Merino -- available on AWI's website at www.wool.com.au/buymerino -- is a useful source of information for woolgrowers and the wool industry, listing retailers around Australia that stock Merino wool garments. Helpline staff are experienced in dealing with farming issues and have a good understanding of Australian woolgrowers.While most calls to the Helpline focus on farm management, the Helpline staff can also provide access to specialist AWI staff when more in-depth information is required.The Helpline operates from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. Since the Helpline's inception, staff have handled nearly 10,000 calls. In 2006, more than 2500 calls were received, nearly half of them to obtain AWI resources on topics ranging from shearing, animal health, mulesing and blowfly control to drought management. -- FIONA CONROY
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