Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner
Carly Bussenschutt, from Parndana in South Australia, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by Rabobank.
Carly studied world’s best practice in optimising the reproductive potential of sheep. Currently Carly is manager of the 2000 hectare family farm on Kangaroo Island, producing prime lambs and running 200 Angus cross breeding cows.
Recognising the critical role lamb weaning percentage plays in a successful prime lamb production system led Carly to her Nuffield research topic. She used her scholarship to investigate how lamb producers in other parts of the world manage and optimise the reproductive potential of their flock.
“Ewe condition and lamb birth weight are major drivers of lamb survival and fertility, so I wanted to find out how other producers are managing their ewe flock during pregnancy to attain better lamb survival rates. I also wanted to observe other maternal breeds, as well as research the effect of ewe temperament on the effect of lamb survival and the role that genomics may one day play in combating some of these issues,” Carly concluded.
Her itinerary included major lamb producers New Zealand and the UK, while a visit to emerging player Argentina was also completed.
Location: Parndana, SA, 5220
Telephone: 0457 742 162
Scholarship report: Optimising the reproductive potential of sheep production systems
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