KATE Mason of Kojonup has won the inaugural Nuffield Egg Scholarship to study ways to bring consumers closer to egg farmers.
Australian Egg Corporation Ltd managing director James Kellaway said Kate was a worthy winner as she represented free range egg farmers who were following new trends to capture emerging markets.
"AECL is proud to sponsor this scholarship that represents a substantial investment in the future capacity of the egg industry. The Nuffield Scholarship is a prestigious award in the agricultural sector and it is wonderful to see a small free range farmer like Kate win the inaugural Egg Scholarship," Mr Kellaway said.
Kate started out with 150 hens in 2005 and her flock size will increase to 6000 hens by the end of the year. Her area of study will also look at educating the consumer about a sustainable future in Australian agriculture.’
"The Nuffield experience is a fantastic opportunity to gain a global perspective on agriculture and, in this case, eggs. I will learn from many industries around the world with experience applicable to the egg industry," Kate said.