Taking AI studies on the road
MUNDUBBERA’S Kara Knudsen is on a Global Focus Tour with other Nuffield scholarship winners.
Although Mrs Knudsen is mainly concerned with investigating large scale artificial insemination techniques for northern cattle herds, she is also learning other invaluable information.
Mrs Knudsen and her husband Darcy run 1500 santa gertrudis breeders on 18,000 acres at Mundubbera.
They have 82,000 acres of Mitchell/Downs country, with up to 4000 head run mostly as a trading operation. They also contract hay bale and have a station road grading service.
Slow genetic progress in the majority of northern cattle herds has prompted Mrs Knudsen to study AI on the large scale needed in the region.
“If the industry is going to survive, then genetic improvements and better reproductive performance has shown to be a dominating factor in farm profitability,” she said.
“If we could multiply superior genetics quickly and at a low cost, the northern beef industry will again have a promising future.”
Mrs Knudsen’s Nuffield scholarship allows her to travel and see farming operations all over the world and will provide her with a network of colleagues with whom she can collaborate.
AUSSIE MEAT IN QATAR: Kara Knudsen, of Mundubbera, checked out supermarkets in Qatar and found lots of Aussie beef and sheep and almost everything from everywhere.