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Nuffield Australia 2014 National Conference

Note: All videos from the Nuffield Australia 2014 National Conference have been grouped into one Vimeo channel. >>> Click here to access it.

We thank our 2014 National Conference sponsors for their valued support:

Gold sponsors: ANZ Bank, John Deere and Murray Goulburn.

Bronze sponsors: Primary Employers Tasmania and Bonlac Supply Company

Nuffield Tasmania hosted the 2014 Nuffield Australia National Conference at Country Club Tasmania in Launceston from 17-22 September.

Over 350 delegates and guests registered and attended the event to hear returning scholars present their reports and meet the new 2015 scholars who were also awarded their scholarships.

The conference commenced on the evening of Wednesday, 17 September with a cocktail function at Country Club Tasmania, where 200 scholars and supporters were officially welcomed to the event by Nuffield WA Chairman Robert Bradley (2009 Scholar) and spent the evening networking. There were also presentations from Jan Davis, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association) and Chris Oldfield from Tasmanian Irrigation.

Presenting Scholars on both conference days:

Theme: Best practice sheep production

Kelly Manton-Pearce, 2012 WA Scholar supported by CBH Group and CSBP >>> watch on video
James Walker, 2012 Qld Scholar supported by AWI >>> watch on video
Carly Buttrose, 2013 SA Scholar supported by Rabobank >>> watch on video
Matthew Ipsen, 2013 Vic Scholar supported by AWI >>> watch on video

Theme: Livestock production developments

Kara Knudsen, 2013 Qld Scholar supported by MLA >>> watch on video
Tafi Manjala, 2013 New Zealand Scholar >>> watch on video
Steve Wilkins, 2013 New Zealand Scholar >>> watch on video
Paul Serle, 2013 SA Schilar supported by Sidney Myer Fund >>> watch on video

Theme: Value adding for the customer

Trent DePaoli, 2013 Qld Scholar supported by HAL >>> watch on video
Jason Size, 2013 SA Scholar supported by Woolworths >>> watch on video
Sophie Stanley, 2013 New Zealand Scholar >>> watch on video
Matthew Pooley, 2013 Tas Scholar supported by GWRDC >>> watch on video

Theme: Supply chain strategies

Lachie Seears, 2013 SA Scholar supported by GRDC >>> watch on video
Joseph Muscat, 2013 Qld Scholar supported by SRDC >>> watch on video
Ewan McAsh, 2012 NSW Scholar supported by FRDC >>> watch on video
Kate Mason, 2013 WA Scholar supported by AEC >>> watch on video

Theme: Energy and waste management

Jodie Redcliffe, 2013 Qld Scholar supported by The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation >>> watch on video
Guy Hebblewhite, 2013 NSW Scholar supported by RIRDC Chicken Meat Program >>> watch on video
Paul Inderbitzin, 2013 Qld Scholar supported by HAL using the Banana Levy >>> watch on video
Antony Vagg, 2013 NSW Scholar supported by RIRDC Rice R&DD Committee >>> watch on video

Theme: Cropping systems and economics

Paul Green, 2013 WA Scholar supported by Grain Growers >>> watch on video
Matthew Hill, 2013 WA Scholar supported by GRDC >>> watch on video
Peter Kaylock, 2013 NSW Scholar supported by RIRDC Rice R&D Committee >>> watch on video
David Cook, 2013 Vic Scholar supported by The William Buckland Foundation >>> watch on video

Day One – Thursday, 18 September

Day one keynote speakers included:

Conference opening by Senator Richard Colebeck, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture >>> watch on video
Mick Keogh, Australian Farm Institute “Effectiveness of Agricultural Advocacy Groups” >>> watch on video
Peter Nixon, 1990 WA Scholar “What is Nuffield and why does it exist?” >>> watch on video
Anne McGrath, Victorian dairy farmer “To hell and back – the aftermath of a farm accident” >>> watch on video

Awards Gala Dinner

At 6:00pm, delegates attended the Nuffield Australia Annual Award Presentations Gala Dinner at Albert Hall, Launceston. The MC for the evening was Jane Bennett (2008 Scholar), and special guest speaker was Professor Maurice Moloney, Executive Director Agriculture, Food and Health at CSIRO, who delivered the George Wilson Oration. >>> watch on video

George Wilson was the Australian Nuffield Farming Scholars Association founding chairman when the organisation was formed in 1976. He served in the role for 16 years, creating a lasting legacy for agriculture in Australia. To learn more about George Wilson go here.

Fortieth-year awards were awarded to scholars who completed their scholarships in 1973-74, namely Ian Farquhar and Don Walker, both from Tasmania.

In addition, 26 new (2015) Scholars were presented with their awards at the dinner. More information about these Scholars can be found under the ‘Scholarships’ section of this website.

Day two – Friday, 19 September

Day two keynote speakers included:

Donald McGauchie, Chairman of AACo and Nufarm “Corporate farming – how does it differ from the family farm?” >>> watch on video
Ros Harvey, Director Sense-Co “Application of agricultural sensing technology” >>> watch on video
Phil Rush, Conference poet in residence. To read the poem, please download this PDF file (120 k)
Scholar experiences of the September 2013 Global Focus Program >>> watch on video

Regional Tour – Saturday 20 September

Following the conclusion of the formal two-day Conference in Launceston, over 90 scholars, partners, investors and stakeholders participated in a three-day regional tour of Tasmania. The itinerary was as follows:

Saturday 20 September – North East Tasmania

  • Bridestow Estate Lavender Farm for tour and morning tea – largest commercial lavender oil producer in southern hemisphere. Current owners have revamped the business with major tourism focus on Asian tourism (80% of all visitors from Asia)
  • Lost Farm Golf Course for tour – farmer Richard Sadler converted unproductive coastal sand dunes into two world renowned Links Golf Courses
  • Clovelly Dairy for tour and lunch – large dairy conversion using corporate funding model. Business developer Steven Creese will explain funding and business model used for dairy conversion and other farm developments he has managed in North East Tasmania.
  • Rhubarb Farm for tour and product tasting. Large scale rhubarb farmer working with small scale processors to create value from crop production
  • Pipers Brook Vineyard for tour and tasting
  • Lilydale Larder for Tasmanian themed dinner

Sunday 21 September – Central North

  • Petuna Fish Hatchery for tour. Inland fish hatchery for one of the 3 large aquaculture businesses in Tasmania
  • Burlington Berries for tour and morning tea. Large scale soft fruit (raspberry and strawberry) producer
  • Woolen Park (Rob and Jo Bradley’s farm) for lunch. People wanting to catch pm planes home depart here
  • Dornauf Dairies Robotic Rotary Dairy for tour. First robotic rotary dairy platform in Australia
  • Happy Chef Longford for dinner

Monday 22 September – North West

  • Anvers Chocolates for tour and morning tea. Premium Belgian chocolate maker and tourism business
  • Hellyers Road Whisky Distillery for tour and tasting. An unusual value add to a milk bottling business
  • J&A Brandsema for lunch and tour. Large producers and packers of hot house tomatoes
  • Shima Wasabi for tour. The largest commercial wasabi growing and marketing business in Tasmania
  • Ashgrove Cheese for afternoon tea and tour. On farm cheese and milk processing business
  • McClain Timber Products for tour. Large processor of specialty Tasmanian timbers
  • Deloraine Hotel for dinner

Photos of the conference can be viewed in the photo gallery section of this web site. In 2015, the Nuffield National Conference will be held at Albury, in New South Wales from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th September.

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