Producing beef with integrity for more than 20 years
Nuffield Scholar and member of the Nuffield Australia Board
Kara Knudsen, along with her husband Darcy and two kids, breeds Santa Gertrudis cattle at one of their property 350km’s west of Bundaberg. As a Queensland beef producer, Kara believes the needs of her industry are unique. In 2013, she embarked on a Nuffield scholarship to research accelerating genetic progression in the northern Australian beef herd. Her push for improved cattle genetics is driven predominantly by a desire for a more profitable industry.
Kara has been extensively involved in Nuffield since her scholarship and currently sits on the Nuffield Australia Board.
In 2016, Kara completed an Advanced Course in Agricultural Business Management (ACABM) through the Royal Agricultural University’s Worshipful Company of Farmers.
Kara contributed to developing the Nuffield Australia 2014-2019 and 2020-2025 Strategic Plans.
Kara was Sponsorship Manager for the 2019 Nuffield Australia National Conference, has sat on the programs committee and participated in state and national selection of the next generation of Nuffield scholars.
Kara’s dedication to achieving Nuffield’s strategic direction contributes to the organisation blazing a trail of innovation and change in Australian agriculture.
Red Meat Industry MOU Taskforce
Kara was a member of the 2019 independent taskforce appointed by the Red Meat Advisory Council to review the existing Red Meat Industry Memorandum of Understanding. This document underpins the red meat industry’s organisational arrangements and establishes the roles and responsibilities of red meat bodies such as MLA, AMPC, Livecorp and the respective peak councils. Click to read more>
Left to right: Paul Lucas, former Attorney General, Queensland State Government and experienced company director, adviser, lawyer and State Cabinet Minister; Dr Michael Morgan; Jane Kellock, sheep farmer and Woolgrower; Will Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP); Taskforce chair Jim Varghese AM; Stacey Wordsworth, agriculture sector media & communications specialist; Kara Knudsen, Knudsen Cattle, and Nuffield scholar; Troy Setter, Chief Executive Officer, Consolidated Pastoral Companies (CPC); Bruce Taylor; Gary Burridge, former-CEO Northern Cooperative Meatworks Company & experienced export meat processing executive and director.
Chinchilla Vet Services
Kara is the Director and Co-owner of Chinchilla Vet Services, alongside Dr Carla Baericke, servicing the Chinchilla shire and surrounding areas.
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.