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Media release. Andrew Baldock. 2015 Scholarship winner

Media release. Andrew Baldock. 2015 Scholarship winner

Andrew Baldock, from Kimba in South Australia, has been awarded a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship supported by Grain Growers Limited.

He will investigate building the farm enterprise to accommodate a growing family in a changing business environment.

Andrew is increasingly responsible for the cropping and grain marketing side of his family’s mixed cropping and livestock farming operation.

Farming with his wife Dale, parents Jeff and Jenny and brother Mark with his wife Libby, the Baldock family predominantly focus on wheat in the 5900 hectare cropping program, with barley, oats, canola, lupins, peas, vetch and medic pasture filling out the rotation. They also run a self-replacing Merino flock with a percentage of ewes mated to x-bred rams.

Andrew says with multiple siblings wanting to be involved in the family farm, they have a need to expand the business to support growing families.

“I’d like to investigate how various businesses around the globe in similar positions have approached this scenario.

In particular I’ll focus on options such as growing the family business through outside investment, and the viability of diversification and value-adding options in our region,” he says.

In addition, Andrew will look at the benefits of a more professional business structure with clearly defined roles on the family farm.

To achieve these research goals, Andrew plans on visiting Canada, USA, UK, New Zealand, Russia and Asia.

Nuffield Australia is an organisation which provides an opportunity to Australian farmers to travel overseas on an agricultural research scholarship. It is a 16-week program consisting of both group and individual travel. The next groups will be travelling through New Zealand, Brazil, USA, Mexico, the UK, South Africa, Kenya and Europe in March-April 2015.

Andrew is available for interviews to talk about his planned study.

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