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KATH DONOGHUE

Kath grew up on a mixed farming enterprise, and developed her interest in beef genetics through involvement in her family’s Hereford stud. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Rural Science at The University of New England, which included the completion of an honours project at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU). Following employment at AGBU as a Junior Researcher, Kath obtained her Masters (2001) and PhD (2003) at the University of Georgia, USA. Following her postgraduate studies, Kath was again employed at AGBU, where her research activities included investigations into the feasibility of international genetic evaluation for several different cattle breeds. In 2008 Kath commenced employment with NSW DPI at Trangie Agricultural Research Centre, and has been based at Trangie ever since. Kath’s research while at NSW DPI has included the genetics of feed utilisation by cattle, in particular the relationship between age at puberty and feed efficiency; genetics of body composition in beef females (Beef CRC Maternal Productivity project) and genetic technologies to reduce methane emissions in beef cattle. Outside of work, Kath and her husband are kept busy with family activities involving their two girls.