Nominations are now open for the Awards for Excellence in the southern Australia livestock industries. These annual awards are presented by the Southern Australia Livestock Research Council (SALRC) which is an independent, incorporated, not for profit organization that operates across southern Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. SALRC contributes to the priority setting, planning and communication of results of research and development activities that are conducted for the sheep meat and beef cattle industries across those regions.

The annual SALRC awards, which are now in their third year, have four categories: Livestock Producer; Scientist/Researcher; Advisor/Extension specialist; Young Achiever (either of the previous three categories nominees under 35 years of age).

Winners of the 2022 SALRC Awards were:

  • Georgie Burbury (a sheep producer from the northern midlands of Tasmania) – In receiving her award, Georgie Burbury, Producer Award recipient responded with “I am both humbled and honoured to receive this award. SALRC has given producers at a grass roots level the opportunity to have input into where funding for research, development and adoption is spent which I believe is crucial for our red meat industry.”
  • Professor Richard Eckard (a prominent researcher from the University of Melbourne) – In responding to his award as SALRC 2022 Scientist / Researcher, Prof Richard Eckard said “this award is a career highlight for me, as the best reward I could imagine from my career is to know that farmers were aware of my research, were supportive of what I do, but mainly that they directly benefitted from my research.”
  • Gemma Turnbull (a livestock extension specialist with Local Land Services in western NSW) – The Communication / Extension 2022 Award recipient Gemma Turnbull said “I was surprised and honoured to receive the award, particularly in the company of such accomplished recipients across all categories.”
  • Dr Sabrina Lomax (a lecturer in livestock behaviour and welfare at the University of Sydney) – Dr Sabrina Lomax, Young Achiever Award recipient responded that she was “honoured to receive the award as a recognition of her research improving the welfare and sustainability of our livestock production systems. The award has further motivated her to continue partnering with industry to ensure that her research is practical and actionable at the farm level to facilitate adoption. She extends her gratitude to the SALRC committee for the nomination and award.”

These award winners were presented with their awards at the Livestock 2022 Conference held by SALRC in Melbourne last September, which was attended by leading livestock producers, researchers and advisors from across Australia.

SALRC Chair, Ian Rogan, believes “it is really important that we recognise and reward those livestock producers who are innovative and progressive. They are crucial to the ongoing success, productivity and adaptability of our industries to changing markets, climate trends and community expectations. Equally, it is important that our livestock industries recognise and value the important contributions that researchers and advisory specialists make to the future sustainability and productivity of the industries.”

Nominations for the awards must be received by the SALRC Secretariat (see contact details below) by 31 July and winners will be announced at a dinner that aligns with the SALRC Council meeting in Wagga Wagga, NSW on 10 October.

For more information download a copy of the Nomination Kit  (below) or contact SALRC Secretariat on 03 5341 6100 or email info@salrc.com.au