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Beyond the Bale : December 2013
43 ON-FARM December 2013 BEYOND THE BALE The AWI Board recently refunded the AWI and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Sheep Genetics agreement for research, development and extension in MERINOSELECT until 30 June 2015. The Board also requested that AWI consults with ram breeders on the potential for commercialisation of its key genetic benchmarking investments. This commercialisation review will involve defining and/or redefining what the roles and responsibilities of ram breeders and AWI should be in the future, and then the relevant governance models according to what is seen as industry and/or private benefit. Industry, including any breeder group or individual, is asked to comment on the consultation document “Genetic Benchmarking; Potential Commercialisation of AWI Funded or Part Funded Projects Post June 2015” by the 8 March 2014. The consultation document is available on the AWI website at www.wool.com. This will allow time to collate the responses and report back to the AWI Board at its April 2014 meeting and a year to negotiate, plan and implement with MLA and other parties any changes to the business models and funding of MERINOSELECT, Sire Evaluation and Merino Bloodline Performance (Wether and Ewe Trials) starting 1 July 2015. Some of these genetic benchmarking projects have been funded by AWI for a long period of time, which raises the questions of: l What definitions of commercialisation are relevant to these projects? l Why have the outputs from the projects not been fully commercialised to date? l Is there a plan to fully commercialise and when? l What elements, that are necessary for commercialisation, have these projects already achieved in terms of: • governance structures and election/ nomination/appointment processes independent of AWI • membership fees and other funding sources independent of AWI • legal status as an entity • policy and procedures documents • membership agreements in relation to products and services? FAST FACTS l AWI is consulting with ram breeder groups and individuals on the potential for increased breeder responsibility and full commercialisation of its key genetic benchmarking investments. l The industry consultation will take place until 8 March 2014. l A consultation document “Genetic Benchmarking; Potential Commercialisation of AWI Funded or Part Funded Projects Post June 2015” is available on the AWI website. Genetic benchmarking consultation l Where is the analysis of beneficiaries, market failure, market value and future options for allocating roles and responsibilities? The consultation document also outlines: l the current roles and responsibilities l points for and against further commercialisation and breeders taking greater responsibility l rates of adoption l funding sources and potential business model options. More information: The consultation document is available on the AWI website at www.wool.com Smart Innovations Simple Solution s www.perkinz.com.au HAS JUST GOT EASY “It’s just so much easier on a CrutchMaster” ALEX DIREEN CALL NOW 1-800-750-584 Save Time Save Money Save Your Back EBM1001 EBM 1001 CrutchMaster Press Ad 200x128_ƒ.indd 1 4/12/13 5:08 PM