Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner
Matthew Ipsen, from Wareek in Victoria, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by Australian Wool Innovation. Matthew used his scholarship to investigate world’s best practice in sheep reproduction and lamb survival.
Matthew is a director of a private agricultural company with his parents and together they own and operate an 820 hectare property in central Victoria, consisting of 3,000 sheep and 400 hectares of crop. The major enterprise is wool production along with sheep meat, hay and cereals. They also own and manage a merino sheep stud and contract harvest.
As well as working on the farm, Matthew runs a small business in sheep artificial insemination (AI) and pregnancy scanning called Ewe Wish. It is this business mix that prompted Matthew to focus on the reproductive performance of sheep through his Nuffield Scholarship.
“Australian lamb marking percentages have barely increased in the last 30 years, creating opportunities for producers to improve profitability, put greater selection pressure on reproductive and production rates, as well as counter animal ethical issues by improving the survivability of lambs.”
“I hoped that by studying intensive housing of sheep and different feeding systems, both indoors and paddock systems, I could improve the health of pregnant ewes allowing them to birth without difficulties, “he explains.
Matthew visited New Zealand, Europe, the USA and South Africa to conduct his research.
Location: Wareek, VIC, 3465
Telephone: 0417 516 640
Blog: Nuffield Travel Blog
Scholarship report: World’s best practice in Lamb Survival
Returning Scholar presentation: watch on video
Returning Scholar profile: click to view
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