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Beyond the Bale : December 2016
Felicity McLeod from Wentworth in western NSW has been awarded the 2017 Nuffield Scholarship supported by AWI. NUFFIELD SCHOLARS INCREASING PRACTICAL FARMING KNOWLEDGE RECENT AWI NUFFIELD WOOLGROWER SCHOLARS By supporting the Nuffield Scholarship program, AWI is increasing practical farming knowledge and management skills in the Australian wool industry. Previous AWI Nuffield woolgrower scholars and their study areas are: 2016 - Jack England, Kingston, SA Jack is studying variable rate fertiliser application in livestock systems. 2015 - Robert Webb, Tarana, NSW Robert is studying the use of fire as a native pasture management tool. 2014 - Tim Gubbins, Moyston, Vic Report: Maximising the reproductive potential of the Merino from conception to weaning. 2013 - Matthew Ipsen, Wareek, Vic Report: World’s best practice in lamb survival, in particular the first three days of life. 2012 - James Walker, Longreach, Qld Report: Linking production and financial metrics in agriculture. 2011 - James Robertson, Renmark, SA Report: Improving sheep efficiency through weaning nutrition. 2009 - David Cussons, Kojunup, WA Report: Talking agriculture - a study of communication techniques and approaches to crisis communication. 2008 - Ben Ranford, Cleve, SA Report: The role of farmer collaboration in creating supply solutions. 2007 - James Walker, Carrick, Tas Report: Wool and sheep production in the global market. 2007 - Andrew Bouffler, Lockhart, NSW Report: How to fully utilise and rapidly improve the Australian maternal ewe flock (including Merinos) to ensure continuity of supply into our valuable meat and wool markets. 2006 - Robert Kelly, Guyra, NSW Report: Production versus marketing: where should Australian wool producers focus? MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/nuffield As the recipient of the Nuffield Scholarship, Felicity will investigate how to increase income potential through diversification in pastoral wool enterprises. She will look at utilisation of the natural resource base, flexibility in species mix and multi-species infrastructure to help woolgrowers looking to improve whole-farm profitability, productivity and sustainability. Felicity oversees her family owned property, Tor Downs, which is situated halfway between Broken Hill and Wentworth on the Great Anabranch Creek in western NSW. Tor Downs Station is 40,000ha and is currently carrying 90 per cent of the company’s Merino flock and 50 per cent of its cattle. The three family owned properties – Coombah, Popio and Tor Downs – total an area of approximately 120,000ha. By learning more about the entire farm system involved in the wool supply chain as part of her scholarship, Felicity hopes to improve woolgrowers’ business bottom line, animal health, quality, total grazing pressure and staff health, safety and retention. “I believe that by ensuring producers are aware of the best practices available to suit their enterprise, supply and product consistency could be significantly improved, thereby increasing income,” Felicity said. “I am very excited to have be given this amazing opportunity by AWI.” Felicity has a proven track record of commitment to the Australian farming industry, having participated in various committees to help improve the agricultural industry. Felicity will travel to South America and South Africa as part of her scholarship. After returning from her study tour, Felicity will share her findings with other woolgrowers and stakeholders. “AWI is proud to continue its involvement with Nuffield by offering a specific wool- focused scholarship,” said Julie Davies, AWI Group Manager, Education & Extension. “It is a unique opportunity for a woolgrower to study a particular subject of interest, and increase practical farming knowledge, management skills and techniques in the Australian wool industry. Previous Nuffield Scholars have contributed significantly to our knowledge of our industry.” Nuffield Scholarship recipient Felicity McLeod from Wentworth in western NSW. 44 ON FARM
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