Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner
Fred Appleton, from Alpha in Queensland, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Rabobank. He will study animal husbandry practices, with a particular focus on dehorning and castrating cattle.
Fred manages the day-to-day operations of two of his family’s central Queensland properties, and oversees managers on four additional properties. Collectively the 180-thousand hectare enterprise consists of 45-thousand cattle including 14,500 breeding cows. Steers are mainly fattened and sold to meatworks, with the remainder sold into the feeder market.
Fred would like to investigate how animal husbandry practices and regulations in Australia differ to those implemented around the world.
“In particular I’ll focus on dehorning and castrating in cattle, and how various cattle producing countries regulate the process.
I’d like to spend some time talking to and learning from the whole supply chain, from cattle producers and vets through to consumers,” Fred says.
While having healthy animals is of upmost importance to Fred, he says it’s also important that cattle production be financially viable.
Fred plans to visit Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands and the USA.
Location: Alpha, Queensland
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