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Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

Australian Wool Innovation is a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 60,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company.

Our mission is to make strategically targeted investments to enhance the profitability, international competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian wool industry. To do this, we invests along the global supply chain for Australian wool to deliver outcomes that benefit Australian woolgrowers.

Commercial opportunity

Wearable tech for sheep lets woolgrowers join the smart tag revolution

Australian Wool Innovation is pioneering smart tags for sheep, giving producers the chance to track, monitor and assess their animals in real time – all the time. For an industry left behind in the smart tag race, it’s welcome news. 

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    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
Wool

New England Merino Lifetime Productivity online field day

The recent New England Field Day was converted from an in-person, on-site experience to an online event featuring the 2018 drop and 2017 drop MLP ewes. A launch webinar and website showcasing sire progeny inspection videos and results, along with a site seasonal overview and associated Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) and New England research updates, will now be available online for the life of the MLP project

  • Led by
    Australian Wool Innovation
  • In collaboration with
    Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association
Wool

Vaccine researchers striking back against flystrike

Australian Wool Innovation is now two years into a major four-year preliminary research project to help develop a commercial vaccine that will protect sheep right across Australia from the Australian sheep blowfly. This $2.5 million collaborative project has achieved much in its first two years. Here, CSIRO project leader Tony Vuocolo provides woolgrowers with an update on his particular area of research on the project.

  • Led by
    Australian Wool Innovation
  • In collaboration with
    CSIRO

Commercial opportunities

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Wearable device for sustainable livestock production

Opportunity for

  • Animal agtech companies interested in developing new products and services
  • Internet of Things (IoT) technology companies interested in developing new products and services
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    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest

  • Readiness
    Mid (TRL 5-7)
    Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).

Research projects

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Feedbase Advisory Panel

The AWI Feedbase Advisory Panel aim is to review previous feedbase research projects, investigate the barriers to adoption and set …
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    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Start date

    14 Aug 2018

  • Research organisation

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

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Australian Pastures Genebank

The Australian Pastures Genebank (APG) Phase 1 was established in 2013 and operates under the framework of the International Treaty on Plant …
  • Led by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2019

  • Research organisation

    South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)

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CRSPI 2018-2020

The Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CRSPI) is a partnership between Australian research organisations to invest in climate research, …
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    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Start date

    1 Jan 2019

  • Research organisations

    AgriFutures Australia, Australian Pork (APL)

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AWI Extension Development

This project developed a range of one-day workshop packages for delivery through AWI's state grower extension networks. These workshops focus …
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    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Start date

    26 Aug 2018

  • Research organisation

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

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Product Development Innovation

This investment focusses on understanding, leveraging and exploiting opportunities for Australian wool products. By understanding global trends for casual dressing …
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    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2018

  • Research organisations

    Aussco Hong Kong Limited, Jadeboard 2015 Limited, KnitWarm Limited, Mira Corporation, Shinhan Wool, Zhejiang Xinao Textiles Inc

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Byborre Innovations: Phase 1

BYBORRE is an Amsterdam based company who in partnership with the Australian Woolmark Company focusses on utilising the material functionality …
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    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Start date

    1 Feb 2019

  • Research organisation

    ByBorre Lab BV

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Dark Ice PD

This investment is a collaboration with Dark Ice Project (DIP) and BYBORRE to produce a mainly Merino wool base and …
  • Led by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Start date

    25 Feb 2019

  • Research organisation

    ByBorre Lab BV

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Process Development

This investment focusses on identifying both opportunities and needs in key market areas for processing innovation of wool. This will …
  • Led by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2018

  • Research organisations

    Intertek Testing Services Hong Kong, SGS Hong Kong Ltd, Zhejiang Xinao Textiles Inc

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Product & Process Development

This investment focusses on working with supply chain manufacturing partners in developing innovative wool products for womenswear, menswear, sports, outdoor …
  • Led by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2019

  • Research organisations

    Chemtax (Stoll) Co. Ltd, Guangdong Institute of Microbiology, Intertek Testing Services Hong Kong, Jiaxing DIWEI Fashion Co. Ltd, KG, Kniteracy Limited, Mira Corporation, Stoll America Knitting Machinery, Suedwolle GmbH & Co, Zhejiang Xinao Textiles Inc

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