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Learning with AWI Extension networks

The six AWI state-based extension networks have all been renamed. However, they will continue as before to deliver practical information and training programs to increase woolgrowers’ adoption of best practice on-farm production and management.

The six state-based AWI Extension Networks will continue to deliver the same valuable and timely on-farm information as usual through workshops, webinars, newsletters, field days, social media and conferences to their growing combined membership of about 17,000 woolgrowers.

All networks are guided by a Producer Advisory Panel (PAP) of woolgrowers and industry stakeholders from across the state. Meeting at least twice a year, the PAPs allow woolgrowers to drive the adoption of seasonally-relevant, valuable, and timely information.

The newly-named AWI Extension networks:

  • AWI Extension NSW (formerly AWI Sheep Connect NSW)
  • AWI Extension VIC (continuing to invest through BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB)
  • AWI Extension SA (formerly AWI Sheep Connect SA)
  • AWI Extension WA (formerly The Sheep’s Back)
  • AWI Extension TAS (formerly AWI Sheep Connect Tasmania)
  • AWI Extension QLD (continuing to invest through Leading Sheep)

AWI National Extension Manager Emily King says the AWI Extension Networks continue to be a vital link between the research, development and marketing body AWI and the woolgrowers it works for.

“The AWI Extension Networks are well placed to assist all woolgrowers to improve their businesses, regardless of size of operation, age of farmers, level of expertise or where they live,” Emily said.

“Whether it be new topics, for example innovative woolshed designs or different models of production such as summer sown legumes, or perennial issues such as lice, flies and worms, the AWI Extension Network in your state can provide information and workshops about the issue.”

The AWI Extension Networks also promote and deliver key AWI programs, including the AWI-developed workshops Winning With Weaners, RAMping Up Repro and Picking Performer Ewes. The Networks are also playing a significant role in the delivery of the AWI SimpliFlyTM and ClassiFlyTM workshops for woolgrowers planning on improved flystrike protection of their flock.

In addition, the organisation of AWI’s Future Wool events are being helped by the AWI Extension Networks. These events are often conducted over a dinner and comprise an overview of AWI’s R&D and marketing activities, and a chance to see the latest garments made of wool.

“The AWI Extension Networks are a great resource for any woolgrower looking to improve their enterprise or for anyone simply wanting to meet and enjoy the company and experience of other woolgrowers. All woolgrowers are encouraged to get involved,” Emily added.

All the AWI Extension Networks will be run by the same organisations as previously. (AWI Extension WA changed its provider last year.)

More information: To find contact details about the AWI Extension Network in your state, head to or phone the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099.


This article appeared in the March 2024 edition of AWI’s Beyond the Bale magazine. Reproduction of the article is encouraged.

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