Quantifying the production performance of Australian goat enterprises

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Australian goat production enterprises consist of systems that have low -, medium- or high management inputs. The production performance indicators of these different systems are not known. This project will focus on benchmarking the production performance of different goat enterprises in Queensland and New South Wales over a number of years. A key performance indicator will be kg of meat produced per surface area per time unit and the costs of the kg of meat produced.

The project will entail collecting and interpreting data from a minimum of 5,000 goats produced by 15 producers. It is envisaged that each of these producers will have a different management system and inputs, which will be quantified.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Louw Hoffman

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Email: louwrens.hoffman@uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of ruminant production systems would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of animal science and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of small ruminant production systems is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2025. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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