AWI grower networks
AWI's grower networks are fundamental to the spread of new ideas, continuing education and the adoption of best practice.
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Improved climate forecasting that allows woolgrowers to better match stocking rates to feed availability is a priority for the long-term sustainability and productivity of Australia's wool industry.
AWI is working to provide woolgrowers with practical tools and tactics to manage climate variability while maintaining productivity.
Land, Water & Wool (LWW) was the wool industry's nation-wide program to develop better ways of management for more profit and a healthier environment. The LWW Managing Climate Variability sub-program worked with pastoral zone woolgrowers to make more effective use of improved seasonal climate forecasts in grazing management decisions.
Six national Managing Climate Variability projects had ongoing, direct contact with more than 1,000 woolgrowers through newsletters, on-line resources, local workshops and grower groups. The project increased woolgrower awareness and use of seasonal forecasts in sustainable grazing management decisions in drought-prone regions.
AWI supports the Climate Champions program to improve communication between scientists and farmers about managing climate risk. Three AWI-funded woolgrowers joined the Climate Champions program to:
Southern Livestock Adaptation 2030 is a detailed climate modelling project based upon regional data from both researchers and producers from across 80 locations. For more information on the project and its findings visit the PICCC's Southern Livestock Adaptation page.
Betting on Rain - a guide to tools for managing seasonal risk, based on climatological data and the findings from the Managing Climate Variability sub program of Land, Water & Wool. View or download here (PDF 2.8Mb).
Climate Champions - 37 farmers working to improve communication between scientists and farmers about managing climate risk:
Australian CliMate - a suite of climate analysis tools for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Use the App allows to interrogate climate records (over the last 60 years), and ask questions relating to rainfall, temperature, radiation, heat sums, soil water and soil nitrate. Visit: Australian CliMate
FarmGAS calculator - estimate your farm's annual greenhouse gas emissions, both at the individual enterprise activity level and for the farm as a whole, then examine the financial impacts that different greenhouse mitigation options may have on farm business profitability. Developed by the Australian Farm Institute. Visit FarmGAS.
Climate links - a range of on-line resources are available to woolgrowers wanting to better manage climate risk: