EMMA Hegarty is currently working for the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry as a beef extension officer based in north west Queensland.
Passionate about improving the profitability and sustainability of the beef and sheep industry, Emma spends time working on research and development projects as well as extension activities aiding producers on drought management strategies, herd nutrition and supplementation, pasture development and management, economic analysis of business performance, meat science and meeting market specifications.
Prior to this role, Emma has worked in animal nutrition consulting services and also meat processing facilities to develop a good understanding from paddock to plate.
Committed to educating young people and encouraging them in to the meat and livestock industries, Emma is heavily involved as a volunteer for the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association which educates university and ag college students from across Australia on meat science.
Emma also coaches the Australian National Meat Judging Team which she takes to the US each January for a further industry and study tour.
In her local community, Emma has helped to develop and teach an agricultural science program at the local state school through the Scientist in Schools program.
She also hosts students from universities across Australia in work experience to further develop their knowledge of the extensive grazing industry.
Emma is involved personally with the rural industry through her family’s Merino stud and commercial operation in western Queensland.
Since completing her Bachelor of Livestock Science through the University of New England, Emma has also gone on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Consulting and is continually striving to learn more and drive her industry forward.