The Northern Pastoral Scholarship was launched in 2018 by Australian Agricultural Company, Consolidated Pastoral Company, Elders, North Australian Pastoral Company and S. Kidman & Co.
Recognising the need to foster the Northern Australian pastoral sector, these ﬁve iconic agricultural companies joined forces to create the scholarship with the aim of enabling recipients to becoming leaders in their ﬁeld.
Nuffield Australia 2019 Scholarship winner
Alistair Corr, a cattle producer from Moura, Queensland, receives a Nufﬁ eld Scholarship through the Northern Pastoral Scholarship, supported collectively by Australian Agricultural Company, Consolidated Pastoral Company, Elders, North Australian Pastoral Company and S. Kidman & Co.
A desire to investigate the correlation between better animal wellbeing and objective, measurable production traits will see Alistair use his Nufﬁ eld Scholarship to research the effect that a range of wellbeing factors before, during and after transport can have on the production value of cattle.
Alistair manages a 12,100 hectare corporate aggregation turning off around 1,200 steers and 1,000 heifers each year, as well as running his private herd of around 250 cattle. As both the owner of a small scale trading operation and manager of a large intensive grazing, backgrounding and breeding business, Alistair sees huge potential for productivity and wellbeing outcomes to improve simultaneously.
“The measures that producers take to look after their animals are rarely discussed and there have been few attempts to quantify the beneﬁ ts of better welfare practices,” Alistair said.
“By researching international best practice and objectively quantifying the beneﬁ ts of animal wellbeing in terms of weight, fertility, or productivity, we can have a more structured and robust discussion around how to improve animal wellbeing outcomes and make a clear case for the beneﬁ ts of doing so.”
Seeking to learn more about both subjective and objective animal wellbeing assessments, Alistair will travel throughout Western Europe, where livestock producers operate in a well-developed animal wellbeing framework, and then across North America, Canada and South America where he will explore the data driven feedlot industries.