Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner
Paul Serle, from Tantanoola in South Australia, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Sidney Myer Fund. Paul investigated the profitability of biological farming.
Together with his wife Kylie, Paul operates a grazing business on 800 hectares of family owned land, producing prime lambs and running a sheep and cattle trading enterprise. In addition, they grow lucerne and chicory under center pivot irrigation.
Paul has incorporated biological inputs, including fertiliser, foliar sprays and stock licks, into his farming system to reduce the use of chemicals and improve soil, plant and livestock health. He believes there is increasing farmer interest in biological farming, but says farmers need a better understanding of whether the system can be an economic option or is simply an ethical choice.
“While numerous companies claim to have the solution to successful biological farming, many only seem to sell products, not systems. I wanted to investigate how farmers go about making a decision on which product or method they should use,” Paul explains.
His study allowed him to develop a systems approach to the application of biological farming principles and create a step-by-step methodology for implementing biological practices into agriculture.
Paul toured North America and Europe to speak with consultants and farmers, before heading to South Africa to study grazing management.
Location: Tantanoola, SA, 5280
Telephone: 0438 344 008
Blog: Nuffield Journey
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