AUSTIN, Katie

Katie Austin

Research interests

  • Beef / sheep productivity and efficiency at pasture
  • Livestock behaviour and sensor technologies
  • Feeding strategies and pasture management to improve meat quality and profitability

Background

Katie Austin is currently a Technical Officer (Grazing efficiency) – Extensive Livestock unit of NSW Department of Primary Industries. Katie graduated from University of New England with Bachelor of Rural Science (Hons) in 2010, followed by Master of Agriculture (2013).

Katie is currently involved in a collaborative project that aims to improve feed efficiency by developing new traits for genetic selection of cattle including behaviour, intake and efficiency at pasture.

Qualifications

  • Master of Agriculture (University of New England, 2013)
  • Bachelor of Rural Science (Hons) (University of New England, 2010)

Current and past projects

  • Current: Productivity and efficiency at pasture: Assisting with the development and application of sensor technologies and livestock phenomics facilities for enhanced productivity and efficiency at pasture
  • Past: Previously worked as TO for ‘The host control of methane in sheep’ project, funded by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and MLA. The key objective of this project was to expand our knowledge of aspects of digestive function associated with phenotypic variation in methane emission in sheep.

Publications

J. J. Bond, M. Cameron, A. J. Donaldson, K. L. Austin, S. Harden, D. L. Robinson and V. H. Oddy(2017) Aspects of digestive function in sheep related to phenotypic variation in methane emissions, Animal Production Science 59(1) 55-65.

Citation: Xiang R, McNally J, Bond J, Tucker D, Cameron M, Donaldson AJ, Austin KL, Rowe S, Jonker A, Pinares-Patino CS, McEwan JC, Vercoe PE, Oddy VH and Dalrymple BP (2018) “Across-Experiment Transcriptomics of Sheep Rumen Identifies Expression of Lipid/Oxo-Acid Metabolism and Muscle Cell Junction Genes Associated With Variation in Methane-Related Phenotypes” Front. Genet. 9:330.

S. Dominik, D.L. Robinson, A.J. Donaldson, M. Cameron, K.L. Austin and V.H. Oddy (2019) “RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FEED INTAKE, ENERGY EXPENDITURE AND METHANE EMISSIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR GENETIC EVALUATION” ANIMAL PRODUCTION SCIENCE Volume 59, Issue 1, 1–200

J. J. Bond, A. J. Donaldson, J. V. F. Coumans, K. Austin, D. Ebert, D. Wheeler & V. H. Oddy (2019) “Protein profiles of enzymatically isolated rumen epithelium in sheep fed a fibrous diet”  Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, volume 10, Article number: 5

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Efficiency at pasture
  • Animal nutrition and production
  • Animal growth and development
  • Animal behaviour
  • Muscle biology
  • Meat quality
  • Livestock phenomics

Contact details

Email: katie.austin@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 6776 1436
Mobile: 0428 764749
Location: Armidale Livestock Industries Centre, JSF Barker Building, Trevenna Road, University of New England