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Beyond the Bale : Dec 06 - Jan 07
COVER STORY Modern pastoral management 10 A Murchison couple are managing their way through an unprecedented drought FEATURES Feeding core breeding stock 4 One grower with long experience of dr y conditions explains why it's wor th it Software removes guesswork 5 StockPlan® has helped producer John Beattie think positively in the face of drought SheepGenomics field day 8 Producers who contributed to the program view its potential Merino Wether Lamb Challenge 9 A pen of lambs that returned $153.54 a head won the hotly contested challenge Road-testing clips 12 Growers have been working with AWI to develop an alternative to mulesing by 2010 ShearEzy gets thumbs up 13 First order placed for shearing platform that 'looks as easy as ironing' A wealth of education 18 Wool4Wealth is helping NSW growers sell more wool at better prices Farming for facts on 50 hectares 19 The Cicerone Project is testing the impact of different farming systems PROFILE Sarah Ackland,Tasmanian grower 20 Beyond the Bale 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.woolinnovation.com.au AWI info line 1800 070 099 Subscription: Beyond the Bale is available free. To subscribe, contact Richard Smith at AWI on 02 9299 5155, email email@example.com Beyond the Bale is online at www.wool.com.au 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. Beyond the Bale is written and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.coretext.com.au ISSN: 1447-9680 Cover photo: Evan Collis Clear mandate delivered for two per cent levy Australian woolgrowers have voted to keep the current levy rate of two per cent, for investment in research, development, innovation and product marketing by AWI. Fifty thousand eligible Australian woolgrowers were given a choice through WoolPoll 2006 of five funding levels for levies.The results, issued by the WoolPoll 2006 Panel, saw 56 per cent of first preference votes cast in favour of a two per cent wool levy. AWI Chairman Ian McLachlan says this is a clear result that will deliver returns for Australian woolgrowers into the future. "I am ver y pleased with this result, and the number of woolgrowers who took par t in WoolPoll 2006," Mr McLachlan says. "This will provide over $21 million per year for on-farm research -- into issues such as mulesing alternatives, shearing replacements, parasites and genetics -- to continue productivity and efficiency gains for Australian woolgrowers. "In the past 18 months we have directed more funds into the off-farm areas of product development and product marketing.This result will provide $35 million in the post-farm area to enable AWI to build upon the direct business relationships already established, and boost demand for Australian Merino wool." In this year's WoolPoll growers were asked two supplementary questions regarding the application of the levy and the scope of AWI's activities. "When asked if the levy should apply to all wool, no matter how it is har vested, 90 per cent voted in favour," Mr McLachlan says. "Regarding the Statutor y Funding Agreement, eligible woolgrowers were asked if this should be amended to give AWI more flexibility to address emerging issues, as long as it is for the benefit of Australian woolgrowers: 80 per cent of votes were in favour of this also. "I would like to thank Dr John Kenir y and the WoolPoll panel for their work providing Australian wool- growers with the information needed to make a decision on the level of investment for the next three years." AWI will make a recommendation to the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry by 22 December 2006 that the Australian Government suppor t the two per cent levy. More information: www.woolpoll.com.au, 1800 209 118 THECONTENTS AWINEWS 2ISSUE 25 DECEMBER 06 -- JANUARY 07
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