Catriona Millen is a Technical Officer with Southern Beef Technology Services (SBTS). Catriona is currently based in Armidale NSW, and has been with SBTS since January 2015.
Catriona completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University in 2008 and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) at the University of Melbourne in 2009. She has previously worked as a genetics demonstrator for the 'Get Into Genes' program at La Trobe University.
Boyd Gudex is a Technical Officer with Southern Beef Technology Services (SBTS). He has been with SBTS since May 2017 and is based in Armidale NSW. Previously, Boyd was employed as a BREEDPLAN Technical Consultant and has experience with BREEDPLAN analysis, BreedObject and MateSel.
Boyd was born and raised on a sheep and beef farm in New Zealand. He has extensive livestock genetics experience having worked for a number of seedstock companies. This includes working on the family sheep stud, Landcorp Farming Ltd, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and Deer Improvement, all in New Zealand, and the Sitz Angus Ranch in the USA. At Landcorp, Boyd was responsible for the technical management of the five nucleus herds producing bulls for use across the company’s 100+ commercial farms. He had a similar technical management role at Deer Improvement.
Boyd received his PhD in Animal Breeding from the University of New England in 2011. He has also carried out research at the NSW Department of Primary Industries (BeefSpecs drafting calculator), LIC (Epigenetics and Mate Selection in dairy cattle) and Lincoln University (genetic tests for sheep).
Carel is currently the Technical Services Manager of the Australian Wagyu Association and will be responsible for the provision of technical information to the Wagyu Association and it's members.
From 2001 to 2015 Carel was the Breed Development and Innovation Manager of Angus Australia. During this period he was responsible for the development and implementation of EBVs for Net Feed Intake, Docility and structural traits for Angus. He was also instrumental in setting up the Angus Young Sires Program that paved the way for a dramatic increase in the use of Australian bred Angus bulls. The discovery of several genetic conditions required him to, in conjunction with Brian Kinghorn and ABRI, develop and implement GeneProb for Angus, which was subsequently also implemented for several other breeds. This software calculates, based on the test results of a limited number of animals, the carrier probability of all animals in a population. Carel was also responsible for the implementation of EBVs that incorporate genomic information from several service providers.
From 1991 to 2000 Carel was the Regional Manager of the Agricultural Research Council in the Eastern Cape and responsible for all facets of beef cattle performance recording in the region. During this period he also conducted consultation visits, workshops and field days to educate seedstock breeders, representing all the major beef breeds, on genetic improvement and production related topics. He was also responsible for the management of the bull testing centre in Queenstown where young bulls were tested for feed efficiency.