Nuffield Australia 2017 Scholarship winner
Stuart Tait, from Mandurama (near Cowra) in New South Wales, receives a 2017 Nuffield Scholarship supported by Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd.
He will investigate integrated beef and cropping systems, encompassing all facets of a farming operation combining beef cattle and broad-acre cropping; including dual-purpose grazing crops, soil and nutrient management, productivity optimisation and grazing management.
Stuart manages 1,600-hectares of land in conjunction with his parents, comprising two farms in the high rainfall zone of central NSW. Their primary enterprise is producing certified grass fed Angus beef cattle for the domestic and export markets, and their secondary enterprise is dryland cropping to produce cereal grains (wheat) and oilseeds (canola). The business has been operating for 36 years.
Stuart’s research will be particularly pertinent to demonstrating how the successful integration of two separate enterprises can potentially increase the productivity and profitability of a business significantly.
He plans to show how this integration can increase food production from the scarce commodity of quality agricultural land to help meet rising demand from a growing global population.
“Importantly, combining two separate enterprises assists in creating a stable business which is better able to ride out fluctuations in the markets of individual commodities,” Stuart says.
“The major opportunity in this is that you can potentially increase business productivity and profitability significantly through increased crop yields, as well as increased livestock carrying capacity and performance.”
Stuart recently established, and Chairs, a farm discussion group for young farmers in the Mandurama-Blayney district. He is passionate about Australian agriculture and highly motivated to share information to help others. After just four months, the group already has membership of over 20 farmers and industry professionals.
Stuart will travel to the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia and South East Asia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Argentina and South Africa.
Location: Mandurama, New South Wales
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