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Jack England. 2016 Scholarship winner

Jack England. 2016 Scholarship winner

Jack England, from Kingston in South Australia, has received a Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship supported by Australian Wool Innovation.

He will investigate the benefits and costs of using variable rate technology (VRT) for fertiliser and trace element prescription use in livestock systems.

Jack manages his family’s 3200-hectare mixed sheep, beef and cropping property, which supports 8000-head of Merino ewes for wool and prime lamb production, 450-head of Murray Grey and Angus cows, and 200 to 400-hectares of barley and pasture.

With a background in agronomy, he brings a scientific focus to the livestock, pasture and financial management of the farm business and sees potential for innovative technologies, such as zoning paddocks for VRT fertiliser application, to be used more widely in livestock systems.

“Being able to actively measure yearly grazing days, minus supplementary feed costs, at a paddock or zone scale allows you to economically assess various trials, the need for fertiliser at maintenance or higher levels using meaningful data, such as stock weight gains, wool growth, quality and quantity, and carrying capacity,” he says.

“Many grain growers are adopting variable input rates, why not let livestock systems begin the process based on objective decision making?

“I am interested in seeing what technology is available in our sector to achieve and monitor capital inputs versus outputs.”

Jack also hopes his Nuffield Scholarship experience will quench his thirst for agricultural knowledge by meeting people from around the world.

He aims to travel through parts of Canada, New Zealand, England and the United States.

Australian Wool Innovation is pleased to support Jack England as a 2016 Nuffield Scholar.

The organisation said it’s a valuable investment in the growth of agriculture in South Australia alongside Nuffield Australia, which is at the forefront of developing future industry leaders.

Nuffield Australia chief executive officer Jim Geltch said Nuffield now boasted more than 350 scholars in Australia who, through their scholarship global study tours, had significant insight into global agricultural production systems.

“We are building capacity for the nation’s food and fibre industries to be world leaders in the adoption of technology, best practice and innovation,” he said.

“Nuffield Scholars are influencing industry and community changes, resulting in agricultural productivity increases and economic development for rural communities.

“The Nuffield experience adds new dimensions to the way scholars think about the economic, environmental and social aspects of global food production.

“Engagement and investment in capacity building and talent development in agriculture is critical as the global population continues to escalate and the amount of land available for food production shrinks.”

Scholars undertake a 16-week program of group and individual travel.

Global Focus Program tours will visit several countries in March/April or June/July 2016, including New Zealand, Brazil, the United States of America, Mexico, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Eastern Europe, Singapore, India, Qatar, Turkey, France, the Philippines, China, Canada or Ireland (itineraries will vary between groups).

Applications for Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships open in April each year to Australian primary producers and managers who seek to research a topic important to them and to Australian agriculture.

Jack is available to talk about his planned travel and can be contacted on:

Phone: 0427 670 025 Email:

Media contact:
Justine Mackay, Cox Inall Communications
P: 0435 325 954; E:

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