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2023 Nuffield Scholar
NT cattlewomen to explore improvements in early weaning for welfare, production gains
Jodie Mitchell supervises one of the largest beef calf weaning programs in Australia, and she is embarking on a global study program to enhance her and the industry’s knowledge in this topic. Jodie has been awarded Nuffield Scholarship, supported by the Northern Territory Government and ANZ Bank.
Her study will focus on raising young cattle in northern/sub-tropical environments: nutrition and the effects of good education in the early stage of the weaner‘s life. Jodie is also keen to explore early weaning processes in drier years, how to achieve market specifications quicker for male weaners, and how to prepare future breeders to joining weight and well grown.
Through her Nuffield Scholarship, Jodie plans to travel across Australia, the US, Brazil and China. She is particularly interested in visiting American calf ranches and universities conducting research on cattle weaning, low stress handling and cattle shrink. Jodie is the Early Weaning Program Supervisor at Consolidated Pastoral Company’s (CPC) Newcastle Waters Station in the Northern Territory.
“I am responsible for the care and welfare of over 20,000 calves per year and the leadership of a team consisting of four to eight people. This is arguably the largest calf weaning program in Australia and unprecedented in Northern Australia,” Jodie says.
“I supervise the intake of young cattle weaned from the cows in the breeder and stud herds of several CPC stations. My role is to lead a team to handle, educate and feed the calves and to grow them until they reach exit weight as per the program’s protocol.
“The early weaning program that I run dramatically improves the welfare of our calves and their mothers, as well as the sustainability of CPC.”
Jodie says getting weaning right can lead to dramatic improvements in the production, eating quality and greenhouse gas emissions in the northern beef industry.
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