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Voting opens for WoolPoll 2015

Monday, 14 September 2015

Woolgrowers are now able to cast their vote in WoolPoll 2015, which will set the R&D and marketing levy for the industry over the next three years. WoolPoll Panel chairman Will Roberts has urged every eligible wool producer to exercise their right to have their say

  WoolPoll 2015

 

Woolgrowers are now able to cast their vote in WoolPoll 2015, which will set the R&D and marketing levy for the industry over the next three years.

WoolPoll Panel chairman Will Roberts has urged every eligible wool producer to exercise their right to have their say.

“I hope every grower in the country, whether they run predominantly Merinos, produce prime lambs or have a mixed farming operation, has their say,” he said.

“Everybody is busy, particularly this time of the year, but it’s still important for growers to make a decision on how much of their income they want to invest for the next three years.

“It’s their money, and their industry’s future, so it’s worth taking the time.”

Every farmer who has paid wool levies of $100 or more over the past three years is eligible to vote on one of five options – 3%, 2.5%, 2%, 1% and 0%.

The final result will determine funding of wool research, development and marketing activities by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) over the next three years.

In the next few days, growers will receive their voting papers as well as the Voter Information Memorandum and summary of Australian Wool Innovation’s Independent Review of Performance (ROP) to assist them in making their decision.

AWI’s CEO Stuart McCullough said the ROP, conducted by Deloitte Private, detailed the results of AWI’s investment in R&D and marketing which showed a return of $2.90 for every dollar invested.

Mr McCullough said programs that have helped growers improve profitability include:

  • Lifetime Ewe Management: AWI investment in this long-term project represented a return of $13 to $44 on every dollar invested. Of those woolgrowers who have taken part in the course, the average participant has improved weaning rates by 11% and reducing ewe mortality by 33%.
  • Wild Dogs: AWI funded $3m and leveraged an additional $2.8m from other partners, representing a return of $8.60 on every dollar invested by AWI. This funding supported 98 community wild dog control groups, reducing self-reported stock losses by more than 70%.
  • Shearer and Wool Handler Training: AWI funded $2.1m, over two years 2012 to 2013, representing a return of $2.60 on every dollar invested. Now, 60% of trained shearers reporting better productivity and 79% reporting improved shearing quality.
  • Supply chains: New supply chains have been developed in emerging countries while more than 20 manufacturers in China, Turkey, Italy and India have improved their technical skills.
  • Woolmark: AWI continues to market wool as a wonderful natural fibre through Woolmark. A new video involving many of the world's largest retailers of woollen and worsted clothing explains what a difference this work has made in recent years

AWI has recommended a continuation of the 2% levy.

“The Federal Government’s co-contribution is maximised for matching R&D at the 2% levy rate. Below this rate, growers are not optimising the funds the government will contribute to the industry,” Mr McCullough said.

Growers can find out more about AWI’s programs and discuss issues directly with AWI management and WoolPoll panel members by attending a roadshow presentation in their local area. Details of times and locations are at woolpoll.com.au

More information and a link to online voting is also available at woolpoll.com.au. Growers can also vote through post and fax.

Voting is open from today until 5pm (AEDT), Friday 30 October 2015. Growers with any WoolPoll queries can call the voter helpline on 1800 990 365.

Released by:

Marius Cuming
Australian Wool Innovation, Corporate Communications
Email: marius.cuming@wool.com
Mobile: +61 400 305 716

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