PASSIONATE: North Queensland's Dr Landmark Speight says the cattle industry is like no other and where she wants to spend her days.
North Queensland's Dr Landmark Speight doesn't do things in half measures. Not only is she co-ordinator of the Northern Genomics Project at the University of Queensland, she is completing her Master of Business Administration, has launched a software company for beef data and is mum to one-year-old Fred.
The genomics project has her performing most of the ovarian scanning, pregnancy diagnosis and data collection and benchmarking on the phenotypic and reproductive traits of each herd involved.
The end goal, she explains, is for producers to be able to accurately select animals for breeding stock or feedlots or other markets, regardless of breed, crushside by a simple and affordable DNA test.
Dr Landmark Speight had only worked in private practice a short time before the genomics opportunity arose and she found it too exciting to turn down.
Beef had been where she had wanted to focus after deferring her vet degree to work on a station south of Katherine for a time.
"The practicality and pragmatism of people in cattle makes it an incredible industry," she said.
"There are people trying new things all the time but there is also an element of the tried and tested. Integrating that cutting edge technology and innovation with good, sound animal welfare and stock handling skills is what makes beef so progressive - it's what advances the industry."