Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) delivers marketing and research and development services for Australia’s cattle, sheep and goat producers.
Nuffield Australia 2019 Scholarship winner
Clare Peltzer from Evandale, Tasmania, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). She will investigate how the agricultural sector can attract and retain the appropriate talent through better alignment with schools and ag-education programs.
Clare is the Livestock Manager at Logan, Evandale, where she oversees a prime lamb production system finishing the majority of its 9,600 lambs under irrigation. With a 7,700 self-replacing ewe flock on 4,250 hectares, the business is focussed on livestock management, genetics and marketing.
Outside the farm, Clare is also a part time secondary agriculture teacher at Scotch Oakburn College and has recognised the need for industry to have a stronger interface with schools to demonstrate a clear career path to attract and retain students in the agricultural sector.
“It’s time to rethink the agricultural workforce issue. Today, the range and number of jobs within farming has clearly surpassed the number of programs to attract students, so my research seeks to address how we can make that shift to realign these two co-dependent paths,” she said.
“People are our most precious resource. As a sector, we must continue to upskill our staff and invest in those from non-farming backgrounds through a range of school-based education programs, which harness a range of different skills, knowledge and perceptions of farming.
“As part of my research, I plan to visit some of the leading agricultural universities in the world including Wageningen University, Netherlands; the University of California and Cornell University, Unites States; Agro ParisTech, France; and China Agricultural University, Beijing.”