Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner
James Mifsud, from Goulburn in New South Wales, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by the RIRDC Chicken Meat Program. He will study animal welfare standards in the poultry industry.
James produces around 140-thousand turkeys a year in six sheds on his 160-hectare property. The family owned operation produces the turkeys in 2.7 batches per annum, meaning each batch cycle is 20 weeks. Poults are delivered as day olds and reared to a processor-specified market weight. Hens weigh on average 4-7 kilograms whilst the toms are 14-17 kilograms.
The enterprise also includes a 60-head herd of Angus breeders and they sell and contract spread turkey manure and other fertilisers.
James will use his scholarship to investigate how costs of poultry production and consumption trends are affected by higher welfare standards.
“I want to understand the level of uptake by consumers of the higher welfare poultry versus standard grown.
In addition, I am interested in the drivers behind the implementation of higher welfare standards and the effect it has on farm production costs,” he explains.
James will tour North America and the EU to research his topic.
Location: Goulburn, New South Wales
Mobile: 0418 960 395
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