Our Team

A Family of Sustainable Beef Producers

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Our Owners

Kara Knudsen

Kara Knudsen grew up just down the road from Rosehall on a property, so agriculture has always been engrained into her genetics. She even married the boy down the road.

She is heavily involved in the organising of community events and enjoys the satisfaction of being involved in the shaping of the future of the beef industry. The Nuffield scholarship she completed in 2013 will forever be one of her proudest achievements which put her on a global journey of discovery through the agri-industry.

As much as she is most at home on a horse, charging to the front of the lead on a mob of cattle, she is equally as comfortable in the office crunching numbers or strategizing the way forward for the business.

Darcy Knudsen

Darcy Knudsen, Kingaroy-born and raised on the land, is a 3rd-generation beef grazier with an absolute wealth of knowledge and involvement in the Australian agricultural industry.

Having come from a family with horses on both sides, he has always had a strong affinity for the Australian farming lifestyle.

From a stint in the United States, where he was mustering and carrying out maintenance, to working on a corn and rice farm in his earlier years, to relining ball mills in Egypt, he has immeasurable hands on experience and know-how that flows into the day-to-day running of Knudsen Cattle.

The boys

The boys, 17 & 14, both attend Toowoomba Grammar School as a part of the boarding community.

After both living out on the land, they both enjoy riding motorcycles and horses.

Tom is keen on cadets and enjoys drama at school and has participated in many school concerts and events. He enjoys time spent with his working dogs on the property and enjoys digging out caves.

Jack enjoys his horses, and quite often competes in local camp drafts. He enjoys all that country life has to offer.

Leadership Team

Michelle Wiersma

Michelle joined Knudsen Cattle in late 2022 with a long history in the community sector and an MBA focused on Managing and Leading People.

In addition to providing executive and personal support to Kara and Darcy, Michelle employs her expertise to create and maintain a workplace culture where our people can genuinely reach the best of their potential to thrive within their role, and grow and develop in their careers. Michelle also leads and mentors a highly professional and efficient team who are skilled in all facets of agri-business administration.

Michelle has a love of all things design and is an exhibited photographer. You will probably catch her in an op shop somewhere in Toowoomba on her weekends, as she embodies sustainable fashion and, with her quirky edge, is the resident style queen of Knudsen Cattle. 

Jarrod Cook

Jarrod Cook is our Operations Manager whose adoration for the production of beef cattle had him join the Knudsen Cattle team in 2021. After eleven years of working on cattle stations throughout Queensland and New South Wales, and owning and operating a horse training business, Jarrod picked up the tools to complete a boiler-making apprenticeship and enjoyed a stint in the raw materials sector, before returning to his passion of Australian Agriculture.

To enhance his theoretical knowledge, Jarrod completed an advanced Dual Diploma of Agribusiness and Agriculture through the University of Queensland and was proudly awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2023. Alongside his partner Jade, and their young son, Harvey, Jarrod aspires to proactively encourage others to lay their roots in a rewarding and challenging career in Agriculture.

The grass roots


Darcy & Kara Knudsen
PO Box 1039
QLD 4350

Phone: 07 4305 6010


Knudsen Cattle is a breeding and trading operation based in Queensland.
The breeding herd has a strong Santa Gertrudis base infused with Shorthorn. Genetics are selected through the use of tools such as the breed plan, morphology and structural soundness evaluations. 

Knudsen Cattle strives for innovation to stay ahead of the curve.