Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner
John Finlayson, from Armidale in New South Wales, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Rabobank. He will investigate options for vertically integrated, paddock-to-plate meat supply chains, with a focus on cooperative producer models.
John, who manages his family owned 2200 hectare sheep and cattle grazing and trading business, Pointsfield Pastoral Group, says there is unprecedented consumer interest in the origin of meat and how it has been raised and processed.
He says this creates opportunities for producers to connect with and sell directly to consumers if the right supply chain systems are in place.
John plans to use his scholarship to research overseas cooperative meat processing models and small-scale processing technologies that could potentially help Australian grower groups achieve this.
He says he will also look at meat processing regulations and options for use of by-products in other countries.
“In our own business we focus on cost of production and grazing efficiency, enabling us to grow a consistent meat product, value-add and achieve market and seasonal flexibility,” he says.
“The next step is to supply direct to consumers and we need to work out how to best manage the supply chain to do this effectively.”
John will travel to Canada, China, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and the United States to investigate a range of meat processing and retailing facilities and producer cooperative models.
Location: Armidale, New South Wales
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