Nuffield Australia 2014 Scholarship winner
Hannah Marriott, from Kalkallo in Victoria, received a 2014 Nuffield Scholarship, supported by the William Buckland Foundation.
Hannah researched the ability of Electronic Identification Devices (EID) to deliver production benefits to sheep farmers, with traceability as a bonus.
Hannah is farm manager of a family‐owned 1080‐hectare prime lamb property, one of three farms the family operates. The fully integrated business means sheep move from one farm to the next, involving merino, first cross and second cross lamb production. She joins 4500 first cross ewes to Dorset rams, with lambs grown for the domestic and export markets.
While traceability may be the underlying benefit for using EID in sheep, Hannah believes there needs to be significant production benefits that are user‐friendly to ensure adoption by industry.
Hannah believes EID’s could help manage seasonal risk by ensuring excess sheep are sold on poor performance rather than age, and will also ensure the increasing cost of inputs are used most efficiently.
“The technology can help farmers make informed decisions, but it needs to be practical and relevant,” she explaied.
Hannah visited New Zealand, the Middle East, America, Europe and Asia to complete her studies.
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