- Studied: Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences
- Now works as: Beef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Queensland
On any given day, Kiri Broad can find herself helping farmers with the nutrition and breeding of their cattle, running workshops and field days, or working with beef producers to boost their productivity.
Her diverse and action-packed days are thanks to her job as beef extension officer at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), where she is living her dream of working out doors with animals.
As well as the cattle, Kiri also loves her job at DAFF for the variety, the different people she gets to work with, and the opportunity to problem solve. “I also get a lot of satisfaction from knowing that I may have assisted a producer increase the efficiency or productivity of their beef business,” she says.
Having grown up around animals on a small acerage, Kiri started to get interested in a career working with them after doing agriculture at high school. She then decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences to gain a technical knowledge base for the industry. To this theoretical background, Kiri also added a lot of practical experience – including working as a Jillaroo, at a dairy farm, with the national agribusiness company Landmark as a graduate cadet, before relocating to Queensland for her current role with DAFF.
Kiri says that her university degree and practical experience have gone hand-in-hand in allowing her to learn and progress in her job. “Uni gave me an understanding of the scientific basis of a lot of things, and through my work I have been able to build on this knowledge by applying it on-farm and in different areas of the country.”