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Beyond the Bale : June 2014
40 ON-FARM Applications for the 2015 AWI Nuffield Woolgrower Scholarship close on 30 June 2014. The scholarship is a unique opportunity for a woolgrower to study a particular subject of interest, and increase practical farming knowledge and management skills and techniques in the Australian wool industry. Successful applicants for Nuffield Farming Scholarships spend a total of 16 weeks travelling the world -- including six weeks of group travel through the global powerhouses of agriculture, including countries such as China, India, South Africa, USA and through Europe. Scholars then travel for a further 10 weeks by themselves, to drill down into a research topic of interest to them and of value to industry. Recent AWI Nuffield woolgrower scholars and their study areas or report titles are: 2014 -- Tim Gubbins, Moyston, Victoria. Tim is currently studying DNA markers and electronic identification to lift Merino weaning rates. 2013 -- Matthew Ipsen, Wareek, Victoria. Matthew is currently studying world's best practice in sheep reproduction and lamb survival. 2012 -- James Walker, Longreach, Queensland. James is currently studying if the multiple reproductive cycle trait of ewes can be capitalised to speed up the lamb-to- lamb interval using real-time, remote weight and health management. 2011 -- James Robertson, Renmark, South Australia. Report: "Improving sheep efficiency through weaning nutrition". 2009 -- David Cussons, Kojunup, Western Australia. Report: "Talking agriculture - a study of communication techniques and approaches to crisis communication". 2008 -- Ben Ranford, Cleve, South Australia. Report: "The role of farmer collaboration in creating supply solutions". 2007 -- James Walker, Carrick, Tasmania. 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". More information: For more information and/or to apply for the scholarship, or to access Nuffield students' reports, visit www.nuffield.com.au FAST FACTS l AWI invites woolgrowers from across Australia to apply for the 2015 AWI Nuffield Woolgrower Scholarship. lThe scholarship, worth $30,000, will enable a woolgrower to travel overseas and study an agricultural topic of his/her choice. June 2014 BEYOND THE BALE Woolgrower James Robertson from South Australia was the 2011 recipient of the Nuffield Woolgrower Scholarship sponsored by AWI. His report "Improving sheep efficiency through weaning nutrition" is now available on the Nuffield website. 2015 Nuffield Scholarships