AWI (Australian Wool Innovation Limited) is a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 60,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company.
Their mission is to make strategically targeted investments to enhance the profitability, international competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian wool industry. To do this, they invest along the global supply chain for Australian wool to deliver outcomes that benefit Australian woolgrowers.
2023 Nuffield Scholar
Beyond the basics: strategic use of supplements to improve sheep productivity
Nicole Logg, a livestock nutritionist and farmer, is looking forward to investigating nutritional options for supplementing sheep effectively.
Nicole, who runs a mixed farming operation with her husband in central NSW, has been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship, sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).
Nicole is curious about how supplements can go beyond just energy and protein, making the most of nutrition to improve productivity.
Her scholarship will see her travel to other nations with significant sheep industries – such as New Zealand, the UK, Argentina, Uruguay and Spain – to investigate how supplements are being used abroad to improve animal health, reduce stress and provide better data for decision-making.
“I hope my research will ultimately help to create a simple way for farmers to better understand what they have naturally in their pastures and available feed resources, and what they may be deficient in during different seasonal periods,” Nicole says.
With access to better data and information, producers can make more informed decisions – extracting more nutrients from the feed provided whilst reducing stressors and supporting animal health. This strategic approach is ultimately more cost-effective, as it means farmers can maximise efficiency when it comes to labour decisions.
Nicole says she has been fortunate to hear about the current offerings available to Australian farmers through her work as a livestock nutritionist.
“However, I would like to further investigate new and novel supplementation approaches for aiding digestion and supporting immune function.”
The potential effectiveness of using supplements in this way could be a game-changer for Australian agriculture. Nicole sees a future where feeding and supplementation plans are completely customised to individual farms, fine-tuning farmer approaches for healthier soils, pastures and livestock.
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