Nuffield Australia 2012 scholarship winner
Ray Vella, from Marlborough in Queensland, received a 2012 Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia. Ray studied beef genetics and pasture management.
Ray is manager of one of his family’s properties which is 18,000 acres, where they breed and fatten approximately 3000 Brahman cross cattle. Ray and his wife have also established their own Brahman stud to start breeding bulls to be used back into their cattle herd to increase quality.
He investigated which breeds of cattle best maintain the quality of beef in harsh environments. Ray wanted to find answers by visiting successful cattle grazing/ breeding operations, saying: “I toured properties being run productively and efficiently and to implement their concepts back into Australian farming enterprises, with enough flexibility to suit every individual grazing capacity.”
In particular Ray investigated ways of improving industry understanding of stud herds, better decision‐making support for graziers and smarter pasture management.
He visited Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, the USA and Brazil.
Location: Marlborough, QLD 4705
Tel: (07) 4935 6046
Blog: The Marrlborough Man’s Travels
Scholarship report: Grazing and Genetic Options to Grow the Beef Business
Returning Scholar presentation: click to view
Returning Scholar profile: click to view
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