Morangup animal science student gets sheepish with research


Chad Averill, Lydia Inglis and Amy Bowden.
Chad Averill, Lydia Inglis and Amy Bowden.

MORANGUP’S Lydia Inglis is one of three Murdoch University animal science students to win scholarships to support honours research into costly issues for Australia’s sheep industry.

The Australian Wool Education Trust (AWET) awarded Ms Inglis, Amy Bowden (Bullaring) and Chad Averill (Hazelmere) $7000 each.

Ms Inglis will investigate the effectiveness of a pain relief treatment for a preventative surgical procedure that helps farmers tackle fly strike, a condition caused by flies that costs the industry more than $173 million because of loss of production and increased management expenses.

“This project has already engaged me in the welfare sector in sheep production and there is continual research that needs to be done,” she said.

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“I am passionate about animal welfare in a production context and working towards benefiting our producer and industry.”

Ms Bowden will be investigating the relationship between the number of ewes in a flock, the amount of feed on offer and the cause of death in newborn twin Marino lambs.

Mr Averill will be looking into the most efficient feeing strategies for different types of sheep.

The AWET honours scholarships are for students interested in a career and conducting research in the sheep and wool industry.

The AWET supports 15 honours scholarships each year with half of the $7000 allocated to the student and the balance to the university to fund the students’ honours research.