Parndana stud farmer wins 2017 Nuffield Scholarship

Parndana stud owner Jamie Heinrich has received the 2017 Nuffield Scholarship, supported by Primary Producers SA.

With this, he plans to investigate key factors needed to attract and retain young people in the sheep industry to keep it alive.

Jamie believed the industry had a bright future with the right young people in place to fuel its progression.

Alongside his parents, Jamie owns and operates a 880-hectare seed-stock sheep operation called Ella Matta.

Through the scholarship, he will travel to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, China, the United States, the European Union and South America.

Kangaroo Island was visited by 65 Nuffield Scholars and their families as part of the Nuffield Australia Annual conference last week.

FUTURE INVESTMENT: Andrew Heinrich with his son Jamie, who won the 2017 Nuffield Scholarship, on their Parndana stud farm. Photo: Supplied.

FUTURE INVESTMENT: Andrew Heinrich with his son Jamie, who won the 2017 Nuffield Scholarship, on their Parndana stud farm. Photo: Supplied.

Nuffield Australia awards scholarships to primary producers to undertake a global travel program researching an agricultural topic of relevance to their industry.

The tour was attended by a wide range of Scholars from all over the country from Western Australia, to far North Queensland and Tasmania.

Attendants aged from those who had been awarded a scholarship in 1965 to those who have been awarded in 2017, including Jamie.

The two day tour saw the Scholars enjoying the best of KI’s food and drink scene as well as observing the diverse agricultural enterprises of the Island.

Managing Ddirector of Kangaroo Island Pure Grain Neil Pontifex shared the company story and the progression of the Kangaroo Island brand.

The day was nicely rounded off by a visit to the KI Brewery, hosted by owner and chief brewer Mike Holden.

The final day included a visit to the Stanton Family’s farming operation where visitors were in awe of the North Coast views and impressed by the ingenuity and passion shown by KI’s young farmers.

A highlight of the tour was certainly a farm tour of Jamie Heinrich’s Ella Matta property where Scholars saw a first class grazing operation and saw the incredible production potential of the Island.

The tour concluded with a visit to Flinders Chase and dinner of local produce at the Parndana Hotel.

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