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Scholarships to boost sheep research

Researchers undertaking tertiary studies that will benefit Western Australia’s sheep industry can now apply for scholarships through the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Department Sheep Industry Leader Bruce Mullan said the scholarship program would support and encourage researchers in addressing areas that would make a difference for the sheep industry and build capability to help the industry grow in value.

“This program aims to build students’ capabilities to contribute to the sheep industry and value chain, including building knowledge in business and agricultural and animal science,” Dr Mullan said.

The scholarship program is funded by the department and MLA Donor Company (MDC), with support from the Australian Wool Education Trust.

It offers financial support for eligible researchers and research supervisors from Western Australian universities, including Honours, Masters and PhD students.

Dr Mullan said the Department was working closely with industry through the Sheep Industry Business Innovation project, to drive business innovation and support the State’s billion dollar sheep industry to capitalise on growing markets for sheep products.

“Provided the research topics address identified priority areas, this scholarship support is available to all university disciplines and not limited to the agricultural sciences,” he said.

“Key areas include increased production through higher lambing rates, adoption of new technology, exploring opportunities to add value along the supply chain and development of new business models.”

MLA Donor Company CEO Christine Pitt said by supporting this scholarship program, the company was helping to provide young people with a career pathway in the sheep industry.

“Recipients will develop a design-led supply chain approach that will enable the industry to better capitalise on market opportunities, encourage producers to adopt new technologies and business models and in the long-term, attract investment,” Dr Pitt said.

The Department can also provide in-kind support through field sites, office space, equipment and general support.

Applications are now open and close March 2018. Candidates are invited to apply via the Department’s website.

Application enquiries can be directed to department development officer Justin Hardy on +61 (0)8 9892 8408 or justin.hardy@agric.wa.gov.au.

Source: WA DPIRD

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