Nuffield Australia 2017 Scholarship winner
Alexander Nixon from Drillham near Roma on the Western Darling Downs of Queensland, receives a 2017 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) North. He will investigate how to make broadacre farming more sustainable, thereby avoiding many of the current issues faced by the industry.
Taking over the family farm in his early twenties, Alexander currently oversees the management and operation of the 6,900-hectare property, together with his brother Thomas. It has 1,600 hectares of rotational cropping and can carry up to 2,000 head of cattle. He is currently in the midst of initiating Wagyu production and offers a contract farming service.
Alexander is passionate about the future of primary production and embraces the challenge of change. These qualities have underpinned his success in developing a few thousand acres over to cropping with notable success.
He is also keen to continue diversifying his beef production, to identify and supply niche markets.
Being mindful of the challenges facing broadacre farming – degradation of soil structure, erosion, topsoil depletion, compaction, plant disease, pest infestations – Alexander is clear as to what needs to be done.
“We need measures in place to improve organic carbon levels in the soil in a sustainable, cost effective and efficient manner.”
Alexander’s passion for improved broadacre farming techniques is personal – he is determined to grow his primary production business in terms of both financial success and physical land size, so as to pass on the same opportunity to his children.
“My plan is to leave this land to my sons in better condition than I acquired it.”
Alexander will travel to the USA to visit similar broadacre properties facing similar challenges, and China to better understand how to market Australian beef to that market.
Location: Drillham, Queensland
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