Alis­tair Corr re­ceives Nuffield Schol­ar­ship

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Aden Stokes

A MOURA man has been recog­nised as one of Aus­tralia’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­try in­no­va­tors.

Cat­tle pro­ducer Alis­tair Corr was one of five Queens­land re­cip­i­ents to re­ceive a Nuffield Schol­ar­ship with sup­port from Aus­tralian Agri­cul­tural Com­pany, Con­sol­i­dated Pas­toral Com­pany, El­ders, North Aus­tralian Pas­toral Com­pany and S. Kid­man & Co.

Mr Corr said he was both hum­bled and ex­cited to re­ceive a Nuffield Schol­ar­ship.

“I was in­cred­i­bly hum­bled, it was one of those things where I threw my hat into the ring and had a go,” he said. “I am very ex­cited for the chal­lenges ahead.”

Mr Corr plans to use his Nuffield Schol­ar­ship to re­search the ef­fect a range of well-be­ing fac­tors be­fore, dur­ing and after trans­port can have on the pro­duc­tion value of cat­tle.

“I am in­ves­ti­gat­ing how we can bet­ter pre­pare our cat­tle for the ex­pe­ri­ences of han­dling and trans­port in the aim to im­prove cat­tle sta­bil­ity to cope with stress and find the world’s best prac­tice in do­ing so.”

As both the owner of a small-scale trad­ing op­er­a­tion and man­ager of a large in­ten­sive graz­ing, back­ground­ing and breed­ing busi­ness, Mr Corr sees huge po­ten­tial for pro­duc­tiv­ity and well­be­ing out­comes to im­prove si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

“The mea­sures that pro­duc­ers take to look after their an­i­mals are rarely dis­cussed and there have been few at­tempts to quan­tify the ben­e­fits of bet­ter wel­fare prac­tices.

“By re­search­ing in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice and ob­jec­tively quan­ti­fy­ing the ben­e­fits of an­i­mal well-be­ing in terms of weight, fer­til­ity, or pro­duc­tiv­ity, we can have a more struc­tured and ro­bust dis­cus­sion around how to im­prove an­i­mal well­be­ing out­comes and make a clear case for the ben­e­fits of do­ing so.”

Mr Corr man­ages a 12,100-hectare cor­po­rate ag­gre­ga­tion turn­ing off around 1200 steers and 1000 heifers each year, as well as run­ning his pri­vate herd of around 250 cat­tle.

Seek­ing to learn more about both sub­jec­tive and ob­jec­tive an­i­mal well-be­ing as­sess­ments, he will travel through­out Western Europe, where live­stock pro­duc­ers op­er­ate in a well-de­vel­oped an­i­mal well-be­ing frame­work, and then across North Amer­ica, Canada and South Amer­ica where he will ex­plore the data driven feed­lot in­dus­tries.

❝ It was one of those things where I threw my hat into the ring and had a go.

— Alis­tair Corr


NUFFIELD SCHOLAR: Cat­tle pro­ducer, Alis­tair Corr.

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