The Australian Wagyu Association’s Wagyu Fellowship and Scholarship program is making significant strides in advancing the Australian Wagyu industry. This program focuses on genetics, nutrition, production, and meat science and has become extremely helpful in research and training initiatives by providing critical support in addressing industry challenges.
One of the program’s recipients, Lachy Gilmour, who received the Fellowship in 2022, shared his thoughts and experience. He stated, “The AWA Fellowship is a great initiative put in place to assist eager members to pursue a chosen field of research within the Wagyu sector. It was of great assistance to me in the continual research of Wagyu calf survivability and the causes & prevention of early calf deaths. The scope of the scholarship is endless, and I feel with the growth of the Wagyu sector, there’s an abundance of areas in which still need further research.”
The Wagyu Fellowship and Scholarship program is designed to encourage students, industry professionals, and postgraduate researchers to undertake projects that contribute to the growth and development of the Wagyu industry.
Key objectives of the program include:
- Developing young leaders for the Wagyu industry.
- Increasing education, experience, and skills within the Wagyu sector.
- Fostering lasting friendships across the international Wagyu industry.
- Advancing knowledge and learning within the Wagyu industry.
The program offers multiple fellowships tailored to different study and research circumstances, including the following:
- Wagyu Study Fellowship: Aimed at young individuals who wish to undertake on-farm or independent projects to advance the Wagyu sector, regardless of formal studies.
- Wagyu Postgraduate Fellowship: Designed to support postgraduate university students looking to conduct research on Wagyu topics.
- Simon Coates Scholarship for Veterinary and Reproduction Science: Geared towards students studying veterinary science or researching reproduction and breeding in relation to Wagyu.
- Wagyu Genetic Diversity Fellowship: This grant provides financial assistance for members to nominate sires with high genetic diversity for the AWA Performance Testing Program.
- Wagyu Net Feed Intake Fellowship: A grant that supports members implementing Net Feed Intake recording infrastructure using Vytelle/GrowSafe feeders.
The Australian Wagyu Association continues to be at the forefront of nurturing research and training initiatives that are vital to the continued success of the Australian Wagyu industry.
For those interested in further details and applications, visit the Wagyu Fellowship webpage.