For more than 200 years, Westpac Agribusiness has shared a rich history and association with rural, remote and regional communities of Australia. It is committed to sharing the journey with the industry and ensuring it is strongly supported and positioned for continued growth now and into the future.
Nuffield Australia 2019 Scholarship winner
Ellen Litchfield from Marree, South Australia, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Westpac Agribusiness. Through her research, Ellen will investigate the impacts of climate change on red meat production and profitability in arid and semi-arid rangelands.
Ellen is a third-generation farmer from the northern pastoral area of South Australia. Together with her family, they run an organic production system with 5,000 predominantly Angus cattle and 10,000 Dorper sheep.
Currently completing her master’s in sustainable agriculture, Ellen is passionate about bridging the knowledge gap between leading research institutions, producers and industry bodies on the effects of climate change, and delivering solutions for a stronger, more sustainable red meat sector.
“On farm, we face very unpredictable rainfall patterns which means innovation has to be a key part of our business. The effects of climate change are being realised and it’s becoming increasingly important to research ways of ensuring resilience in this changing environment.
“Through my Nuffield Scholarship, I hope to link in with the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework and focus on key priority areas such as consumer confidence, managing climate risk and profitability across the value chain, and deliver these findings to industry bodies and producers on my return.”
Ellen will also investigate the resilience of red meat producers against production barriers and how the industry’s journey towards a more sustainable future is being conveyed to the consumer in order to meet changing ideologies and demands.
On her study tour, Ellen will travel to Sub-Saharan Africa, which has a similar climate to northern South Australia, as well as the United States, Brazil and New Zealand, to investigate best practice examples across the red meat sector with a focus on organic production methods.