HOW TO USE THIS ONLINE MAGAZINE
by clicking the arrows at the side of the page.
by clicking anywhere on the page. A slider will appear, allowing you to adjust your zoom level.
and move the page around when zoomed in by dragging the page.
and return to the original size by clicking on the page again.
by entering text in the search field and click on "In This Issue" or "All Issues" to search the current issue or the archive of back issues
a PDF of this magazine.
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
a page via email, Facebook, Twitter and more.
TO VIEW PREVIOUS EDITIONS
, click the
button at the bottom of the screen.
Beyond the Bale : June 2014
Future Farm Industries CRC collaboration providing returns for woolgrowers FAST FACTS l AWI has been a participant in the Future Farm Industries CRC; ensuring the best outcome for woolgrowers in initiatives including EverGraze, Enrich, EverTrain and salinity projects. l Investment partnerships that involve cost sharing between AWI and third parties maximise benefits to both Australian woolgrowers and AWI partners. l Benefits from collaboration include more cost- effective outcomes, better risk management and increased likelihood of commercial success. R&Dcollaboration with other organisations makes AWI investments more efficient and effective by reducing duplication, maximising leverage and providing a greater platform for adoption. AWI has a demonstrated history of collaborating on R&D projects with other research and extension organsiations. AWI's participation and investment in the Future Farm Industries (FFI) Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is an example of this. The FFI CRC began in 2007 with the stated intention of facilitating the adoption of perennial plants in agricultural systems across southern Australia. As well as AWI, collaborating partners in the FFI CRC have included Meat & Livestock Australia, Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), universities, state departments of agriculture, CSIRO and commercial partners. After seven successful years, the FFI CRC will wind-up on 30 June. The CRC's research projects have either been completed or transitioned to other state agencies or funding bodies to be continued. To celebrate the achievements of the CRC, a "Future Farm Live" event was held in Canberra in April at which the results from a range of its perennials research was presented. The day included interactive sessions featuring videos, panel discussions with researchers and farmers, and audience Q&As. AWI's participation and investment in the FFI CRC and its predecessors has benefited woolgrowers, most notably in the EverGraze, Enrich, EverTrain and salinity projects. Researchers and farmers at the Future Farm Industries CRC "Future Farm Live" event. EVERGRAZE EverGraze is a research, development and extension (RD&E) project to help producers across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia manage their pasture and livestock systems. It has a mantra of putting the 'Right Plant in the Right Place for the Right Purpose with the Right Management'. The project has demonstrated that substantial increases in profitability can be achieved while improving environmental management. While many projects look at improving a particular cultivar or a single component of a livestock system, EverGraze is notable because it looks at the whole-farm system in its entirety. The project has engaged about 12,000 farmers and more than 6000 service providers. It has delivered more than 630 events across southern Australia. EverGraze benefits Participant feedback suggests that up to 2014, EverGraze has prompted practice change on over 4400 Australian farms, impacting more than 900,000 hectares. The CRC's Research Director Dr John McGrath said data from the project further outlines the significance of EverGraze's impact. "A final report on the Caring for Our Country Supporting Sites indicated that changes to feedbase and grazing management practices made by EverGraze participants from 2009 to 2012 resulted in significant production increases," John said. "These were estimated to include an additional 550,000- 800,000kg of greasy wool produced from wool enterprises, and 570,000--820,000kg of greasy wool and 3.5--5.0 million kilograms of lamb (liveweight) produced from prime lamb enterprises. "There is also evidence that changes based on recommendations from EverGraze research have had significant environmental impacts on-farm. "The EverGraze project demonstrated that water loss below the root zone could be significantly reduced through use of persistent summer-active perennial pastures in the right part of the landscape. "More recently, an external analysis of the return on funds invested in EverGraze RD&E between 2012 and 2014 indicated a Benefit Cost Analysis of 1:6.4, excluding environmental benefits. Put another way, every dollar invested in EverGraze over that time returned $6.40 in improved production, as well as the unquantified environmental benefits." 42 ON-FARM June 2014 BEYOND THE BALE