Nuffield Australia 2018 Scholar
Stewart Borg from Sarina near Mackay in Queensland, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
Stewart will research strategies used by overseas nations that may be adapted to help him establish the first feedlot in Queensland’s tropics – an area which has not traditionally been used for this type of production. His work is inspired by his firm belief Northern Australia has great potential to contribute significantly to the nation’s production of high quality food.
Stewart and his wife operate ‘Marklands’, a 2400 hectare cropping and cattle enterprise of which 400 hectares is used for cultivating sugar cane and other fallow crops. The balance of the property runs 2500 head of stud and commercial cattle. To grow and diversify, Stewart is focused on developing a successful feedlot to add further value to the beef he produces.
“I believe there is a lot of knowledge in the world that can be utilised here in the tropics for us,” Stewart said.
“In time, we are endeavoring to streamline our whole operation with land currently being set aside for fallowing as part of a sugar cane rotation that can sustain a fully functional feedlot similar to operations in the eastern states of America and several of the South American countries.
“While the feedlot industry is not new to Australia, we are striving to do something new in that we will be the first operating feedlot in the tropical region.”
On his study tour, Stewart will travel to Brazil, Argentina and the south east of North America to visit intensive beef integrated enterprises within tropical regions.