Nuffield Australia 2012 scholarship winner
Michael Chilvers, from Nile in Tasmania, received a 2012 Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Michael researched strategies to efficiently transition from a traditional family farming structure to a diversified agricultural business.
Along with wife Fiona and two children, Charlotte and Felix, Michael farms 1080 hectares, with 400 hectares of crops such as poppies, wheat, processing peas, lucerne and tic beans under centre pivot irrigation. In addition, the Chilvers grow malt barley, canola and trade in prime lambs.
Michael used his Nuffield Scholarship to investigate models for managing production systems on his existing farm and in potential new areas of production as the business expands.
“I wanted to find examples of farmers managing efficient and profitable businesses spread over large distances and how systemising farming processes and applying new technology can aid in managing crop rotations of varying scale and intensity”.
Rather than discovering a “one size fits all” solution, Michael drew from a range of systems from places such as the UK, France, North America, Canada, South America, China and New Zealand.
Location: Nile, TAS 7212
Tel: 0409 974 556
Blog: Sojourn from the South Esk
Scholarship report: How systemised management of intensive mixed farms could assist expansion
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