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Sarah Hughes

Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner

Sarah Hughes, from the Barkly Tableland in the Northern Territory, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by ANZ and Australian Agricultural Company (AACo). She investigated commercial organic Wagyu production and the potential for international production partnerships to sure-up year-round supply.

Sarah and her husband Fred manage Lake Nash Station, which is situated on the Qld-NT border and is part of Georgina Pastoral Company’s stable of properties, which also includes Caldervale via Tambo, and Keeroongooloo via Windorah. All are certified organic and the company has secured long-term supply agreements with AACo for Wagyu feeders.

Lake Nash Station covers 1.7 million hectares and is Australia’s second largest cattle property. It has a carrying capacity of up to 75,000 head and Sarah says the forecast is to brand 18,000 certified organic calves in 2015.

She wanted to study overseas organic production of Wagyu cattle, including production, breed traits and genetics, and assess the potential for production partnerships that could deliver reliable and consistent supplies with the aim of securing price premiums.

“There is no one in Australia producing and supplying organic Wagyu and I think there are opportunities in this space,” but there are risks associated with increased production costs, time and seasonal variability and I wanted to broaden my knowledge about and confidence in organic and Wagyu production systems,” she says.

Sarah visited operations in Japan, New Zealand and the United States.

Location: Barkly Tableland, Northern Territory
Mobile: 0429 093 377
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