Managing the genetic quality of a herd can be a wicked challenge for farmers, especially in Australia. We’re a country with a small number of animals relative to the rest of the world, and formidable, complex biosecurity protocols.
Fortunately, Dr Belinda Cardinal, Founder of breeding and genetics company Caprotek and career dairy goat farmer, enjoys spending time on wickedly difficult problems. After years spent strengthening the genetic diversity of her herd of dairy goats, Belinda attracted all kinds of coverage after importing the genetic material to breed the nation’s first Valais Blacknose Sheep in 2021.
In this episode Belinda shares her insights on:
What it’s like to transition from researcher and scientist to a full-time farmer
How diversifying genetics and improving herds of livestock in a small country can be uniquely challenging for farmers
What it’s like to tackle an industry challenge no one has attempted in over 100 years,
The similarities between farmers and startup founders when it comes to scaling novel technologies and doing hard, controversial things
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