BCG is pleased to welcome its newest team member James Taylor. Hailing from Serpentine in North West Victoria and a Agricultural Science graduate, James is taking on a Research Agronomist role.
What is your background?
Joining BCG from a role with MLA (Meat and Livestock Australia) in the Sheep Genetics team where I supported sheep breeders to get the most out of out of genetic evaluation. Prior to that, I studied Agriculture at The University of Melbourne. I was raised on a mixed farm near Serpentine.
What is your role at BCG and what will you be doing?
I will join the team as a Research Agronomist. In that role, I will be supporting the team with delivering trials. Some of the specific projects that I’ll be involved in are the North Central NVT (National Variety Trial) sites, Fodder for the Future and soil carbon research. I’ll also spend a fair bit of time doing general operations.
What about the role interested you in applying?
I was attracted to the way BCG links research to adoption of new practice on farm. This job will allow me to have a good balance between the practical and theoretical aspects of research. The location is also attractive. Birchip is a great town to live in and close to home.
What are your interests outside work?
I seem to spend a fair bit of my spare time working on the farm. I am quite into the sheep operation at home. Other than that, I don’t mind skiing, hunting and repairing or building things.
What are you looking forward to whilst working at BCG?
I look forward to learning more about agronomy and gaining exposure to a variety of farming operations. So far, I am enjoying learning the process for preparing trials at BCG so it will be great to continue that throughout the season.