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Sarah Hughes

Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner

Sarah Hughes, from Tumbar Station in  central western Queensland, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by ANZ and Australian Agricultural Company (AACo). She investigated commercial organic or grass fed Wagyu production and marketing.

Sarah and her husband Fred formerly managed 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 largest cattle property. It has a carrying capacity of up to 75,000 head and branded 23,000 certified organic calves in 2017.

Sarah wanted to study overseas organic or grass fed production of Wagyu cattle, including production, breed traits and genetics, 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
Scholarship report: click here
Returning Scholar presentation: Watch video

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