Tue 28, Jul 2020
Congratulations to Jacoba Madigan-Stretton from the University of Queensland, who has taken out the AIA National Student Award in a well contested online final featuring some of Australia’s best and brightest ag students!
Jacoba was announced as the AEV Richardson Memorial Award winner for her research on how super-dosing multi-enzymes can contribute to food security and sustainability through improving feed utilisation, meat quality and gut health. She receives a $1000 cash prize for her achievement.
Taking out second place, and a $250 cash prize, was Curtin University (WA) graduate Logan Hellmrich, for his honours project on the behavioural difference and impacts of two reef fish surveying techniques.
According to Edmund Delves, AIA Director responsible for the National Student Award, the competition was a great showcase of the talent amongst Australian agricultural students.
‘Without clear communication, valuable research is wasted – the AEV Richardson Memorial Award provides an incredible opportunity to hear about valuable research coming from Australia’s best young minds,” he says.
“Thanks to all finalists for their valuable research and for their commitment to communicating it clearly.”
Fellow AIA Director Daniel Tan echoed the sentiment, reporting that in unusual times, the quality of the final was high.
“I am very pleased with the excellent standard of presentations from all students this year,” Daniel says.
“This is the first time that the Ag Institute has organised a webinar event for the AEV Richardson Memorial Medal (National Student Award) due to the recent travel restrictions.
“There were more than 45 attendees in the webinar and for the first time all Ag Institute members could attend this event live from all over Australia!”
Jacoba's Winning Research
Jacoba’s study, ‘Enhancing nutrient utilization, growth performance, gut functionality and meat quality of broiler chickens through multi-enzyme super-dosing’, was submitted for the degree of B. Sc. with Honours, majoring in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland. She is now commencing her PhD studies.
The research set out to measure the effects of several dose rates of the multienzyme, Natuzyme, added to feed sources of differing energy levels, on production parameters, gut morphology, and meat quality of test chickens. Jacoba demonstrated that super-dosing multi-enzymes in lower-than-normal energy diets improved performance parameters, profitability for producers and sustainability of production. Nevertheless, she concluded that further studies are needed to determine the optimal concentration of protease in the multienzyme to protect the gut lining from potential damage.