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Federal Drought Assistance for farmers

A drought assistance package has recently been released to provide help and support for producers in drought declared regions. If you are one of these producers there may be opportunites for you to recieve help.

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New Innovations – Accelerating Pastoral Zone Innovation

Pastoral producers are looking for savvier ways to make life and work easier, more efficient, and more productive. This year Bestprac and Australian Wool Innovation are profiling innovations from Australian pastoral properties to help you find...

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Genetic Benchmarking; Potential For Further Commercialisation Of AWI Funded Or Part Funded Projects Post June 2015

AWI welcomes responses to this consultation document to be received by Monday 8 March 2014 by post to Mary Foster, GPO Box 4177, Sydney, 2001 or email to mary.foster@wool.com

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ABC Landline Story: 'Prickle Factor'

On Sunday the 5/10/2013, Landline featured a story on 'Prickle Factor'.  

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Wool producers and social media

By Katie Fisher from AgriHort Communications

Farming can be an isolated business but, with the advent of social media, communication in agriculture has been made easier and more enjoyable. For many producers, social media has rapidly become the...

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Decision Making in All Seasons:

Bestprac, Agencies and Businesses join forces for Collerrina farming communityReport by Mark Gardner, Vanguard Business ServicesBestprac and other sponsors brought together a range of government agencies and industry in Collerrina, some 30km NW...

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Follow Andrew Miller in the MLA Challenge

Andrew Miller is the Owner Manager of Coniston Station, Quilpie Qld and has been working on the Bestprac Project Advisory Panel over the past year.  Andrew has recently become involved in the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Challenge. 

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Participants ‘look beyond the horizon’ at the Hawker Forum

By Pene Keynes

After a long period of dry, rain on the roof was a welcome sound at the joint Natural Resources Arid Lands and Bestprac forum, ‘Looking beyond the Horizon’ in Hawker on May 31. 

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Wool Markets and Emerging Opportunities

By Pene Keynes

At Hawker, presenters and producers alike were positive about the direction and future of the wool industry. It was interesting to learn about what Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and producers can do to help maintain and grow...

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Succession planning for best outcomes

By Pene Keynes

Katherine Vincent, Senior Associate from Johnston Withers has seen the best and worst scenarios for succession in farming businesses and at 'Looking Beyond the Horizon' she was willing to share.

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Bestprac Project Advisory Panel – SA Position Available for Producer or Industry Representative

If you are passionate about the future of the pastoral wool industry, this is your opportunity to have your say and represent your industry at a national level.The national Bestprac program currently has a postion available for a South...

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Attracting and retaining staff

From Beyond the Bale

With many rural-based businesses adjusting to greater competition for skilled labour and the continued migration of people to urban centres, a recent study has highlighted the important role that employers play in attracting...

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Nuffield Australia Applications open for 2014

Nuffield Australia has just opened its application process for 2014 Scholarships on 1st April and a record 24 Scholarships are available to primary producers from across Australia.

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Ag Apps that work!

Over 130 smartphone Apps have been listed and road-tested in a ‘Smartphone Apps for Farmers’ compendium. The free PDF booklet is available from the SA Ag Excellence Alliance website. Check it out here


Growers vote to maintain two per cent levy with record participation

AWI Press Release

Australian woolgrowers have voted to maintain the two per cent levy on wool sales to fund research, development and marketing of the natural fibre.

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Building a Profitable Bank Relationship

by Liz Guerin

Murphy’s Golden Rule states that whoever has the gold makes the rules. It was a rule that, in the 1980’s and early 90’s, many banks followed with their agricultural clients and this has resulted in many producers harbouring...

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Burra’s AWI Wool Clip: a great success

By Pene Keynes The Burra AWI Wool Clip coordinated by Bestprac on 27th of September was a great success with over 50 wool producers and industry members in attendance. The guest presenters were received well by producers and provided very...

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Breeding future leaders

The next generation of leaders within the wool industry has completed the 2012 Breeding Leadership Course, AWI’s professional development course for young woolgrowers.

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Genetic and Genomic research

Dear Woolgrowers and Industry Stakeholders,

I wanted to write to you to confirm Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is committed to meaningful and relevant genetic and genomic research. However to gain investment, projects must show a feasible plan...

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Telecommunications anywhere, anytime

by Liz Guerin Being able to communicate is a vital part of society and now Australian researchers from Flinders University, Adelaide, are working to ensure everyone has access to telecommunications.

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Poor lamb-marking percentages? Let’s ‘webinar’ the topic!

By Allie Jones, Livestock Extension Officer and Charlotte Cavanagh, Veterinary Officer, NSW DPI (Bourke) Staff from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA) received numerous reports of low...

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Ever wondered if you’re making a difference? The truth is, without even trying, everything you do is changing the universe

There is rarely a linear path to create an idea or business. Every decision you make, every action you take in your business, has a flow on effect. The circumstance, the market, the business changes with each decision made.

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Webinars – Bringing the Information to You

by Liz Guerin

Keeping up to date with the latest information or innovations has always been a responsibility of producers. However in pastoral areas, this becomes an additional challenge for producers when the tyranny of distance is considered.

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AW Howard Memorial Study Awards

AW Howard Memorial Study Awards for Australian Grazing or Rangeland Extension Consultants, Advisers and Agribusiness Specialists; and Australian Graziers or Rangelands Pastoralists.

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Nuffield scholarship a life-changing opportunity

Applications for the 2013 round of Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships will open on the 1st April 2012.

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Key Farm Financial Benchmarks

What should I be monitoring?

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Innovation a way of life

By Liz Guerin If a nagging idea of how to do things better has kept you up at night, or if you’ve woken at 2am with a brilliant solution to a problem, then you are not alone.

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Calling all farmers to open their gates this FarmDay

“We’ve found that the city families who have participated in FarmDay are now our greatest advocates in metropolitan areas and are educating their friends and family on the importance of supporting Australia’s farmers.

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Carbon Farming – Bestprac Group Webinar

By Wendy Davidson Leonard Cohen from Canopy addressed the Flinders Merino Bestprac group, in September 2011, to discuss Carbon Farming. Leonard spoke extensively about the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) being administered by the Department...

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Pastoral Tourism - Cashing in on Natural Assets

by Liz Guerin

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Carbon Farming Initiative & the Carbon Tax

With the Federal Government’s carbon legislation now passed, many wool growers may be wondering what impact the Carbon Tax will have on their existing operations, or how they can take part in a carbon economy.

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Moving Beyond Reasonable Drought

By John Squires Doug and Wendy Avery of Bonavaree Farm Co Ltd in Marlborough, New Zealand, visited Australia in August to present information at the National Bestprac Forum which was held in Hawker.

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Tourism in the Rangelands

Presentation by Brendan and Carmel Reynolds at the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Principles of Succession Planning

Presentation by John Squires at Bestprac National Forum 2011

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On the Road in South Africa

By Sally Ware, I & I NSW

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FlyBoss all good at Goondiwindi

Mark and Vicki Murphy, ‘Karbullah’ via Goondiwindi have moved-on from a ‘cure’ approach to flystrike.

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Sheep and wool studies

University of New England (UNE) offers the most comprehensive range of sheep and wool units in Australia.

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Precision Sheep Management Webinars

The Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation webinars are available on the CRC website.

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Time Spent Off-Farm Most Profitable

By Liz Guerin

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Managing non- mulesing – A Producer Perspective

by Liz Guerin

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Programs designed to replace traditional mulesing with welfare-improved practices – non surgical alternatives

The Australian wool industry has done extensive research to find an effective intradermal agent.

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Snowgum offer

Australian outdoor clothing company Snowgum is offering Australian woolgrowers a 20% discount off the price of its Australian superfine Merino apparel.

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July Feature: Business Boot Camp

By Liz Guerin

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Decline in Plant Poisonings in Western NSW

By Greg Curran Regional Veterinary Officer NSW Dept Industry & Investment

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The FlyBoss takes off

A major resource for the entire Australian sheep industry has been launched.

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Think Tank: Ensuring Sustainability and Embracing Change in the SA Rangelands

As part of the DAFF Funded project a forum was held in Orroroo, SA, on June 28.

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New OH&S laws for all

What are the model work health and safety laws? Why do we need model work health and safety laws?

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Praise for UQ rural education initiative

A University of Queensland centre, Rangelands Australia, has become the first University-based initiative to be recognised by an Australian Rural Education Award

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Putting it together at “Etiwanda”

Mark Gardner, Vanguard Business Services, NSW On 2 and 3 July 2009 a dozen people undertook a car convoy trip from Coonamble to Cobar and Nyngan as part of the Innovations project.

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Attracting and Retaining Staff in the Australian Pastoral Industry - Part 1

Summary of Key Findings

By Nandi Herholdt, The Ryder Self Group

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Attracting and Retaining Staff in the Aust Pastoral Industry - Part 2

Industry Feedback

By Nandi Herholdt, The Ryder Self Group

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Determining Cost of Production

By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

What are the key profit drivers in your livestock business? How can profit be influenced or increased?

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Business Planning

By Carlyn Mellors (Rural Directions Pty Ltd)

Why undertake a business plan?

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New Year Goals

 By Carlyn Mellors (Rural Directions Pty Ltd)

As we move into a new year it is important to reflect on the year that was and set goals for the year ahead.

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Holistic Management: Thinking About the WHOLE System

By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

The Mosely Family, based at Cobar, NSW, have adopted the holistic management principles to their business, working on balancing social, environmental and economic outcomes, both now and for future ...

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