Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner
Jack England, from Kingston in South Australia, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Australian Wool Innovation. He will investigate the benefi ts and costs of using variable rate technology (VRT) for fertiliser and trace element prescription use in livestock systems.
Jack manages his family’s 3200 hectare mixed sheep, beef and cropping property, which supports 8000 head of Merino ewes for wool and prime lamb production, 450 head of Murray Grey and Angus cows, and 200 to 400 hectares of barley and pasture.
With a background in agronomy, he brings a scientific focus to the livestock, pasture and financial management of the farm business and sees potential for innovative technologies, such as zoning paddocks for VRT fertiliser application, to be used more widely in livestock systems.
“Being able to actively measure yearly grazing days, minus supplementary feed costs, at a paddock or zone scale allows you to economically assess various trials, the need for fertiliser at maintenance or higher levels using meaningful data, such as stock weight gains, wool growth, quality and quantity, and carrying capacity,” he says.
“Many grain growers are adopting variable input rates, why not let livestock systems begin the process based on objective decision making?
“I am interested in seeing what technology is available in our sector to achieve and monitor capital inputs versus outputs.”
Jack also hopes his Nuffield Scholarship experience will quench his thirst for agricultural knowledge by meeting people from around the world.
He aims to travel through parts of Canada, New Zealand, England and the United States.
Location: Kingston, South Australia
Mobile: 0427 670 025
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