Tak­ing AI stud­ies on the road

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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