DairySA has a dedicated and talented team of part-time staff, based in rural areas across the state.
Every DairySA team member works to bring practical information, innovative programs and research to SA's dairy farmers. To get in touch, please call or email the right person from the list below, or for a general inquiry complete the form on our contact us page.
Melissa has extensive experience in natural resource management, project management and team leadership.
Melissa relishes the opportunity to work in the Agriculture sector with a focus on team leadership. She is passionate about delivering practical and relevant opportunities for dairy farmers that can assist in running a sustainable business.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with her family and the occasional trip to the beach. Her favorite dairy includes Golden North Honey Ice Cream as a reminder of her childhood growing up in the Flinders Ranges.
Mobile: 0408 358 414
Based in Mt Gambier
Extension Officer, Workforce Development, ESKi, People Dairy Discussion Groups
Kylie has a background in agronomy and project management. Kylie loves working and talking with people involved in the dairy industry. She also enjoys contributing to a wide range of projects and being able to promote the dairy industry, especially experiencing the enthusiasm of school children learning about dairy.
Kylie has coached the local junior tennis to a couple of premierships and relishes caravan holidays with a good spy novel.
Kylie's dairy favourites: Soft cheese with bickies, and iced coffee.
Mobile: 0407 231 547
Based in the South East / Limestone Coast region
Extension Officer, Farm Business Management, DDGs- River, Lakes, Mt Torrens, Adelaide Hills, Myponga, TMR, and Statewide Young Dairy Network
With an extensive background in the agri finance sector, including three years specialising in agri-IT, Beck is passionate about the Australian agriculture industry and its people. Beck enjoys connecting with farmers, understanding their drive and passion, and providing support to assist them in reaching their business potential. With two small children, Beck values spending time at home with family.
Beck's dairy favourites: A selection of SA cheeses enjoyed with the odd glass of a delicious Langhorne Creek red.
Mobile: 0438 262 966
Based in the Central region, Langhorne Creek
Discussion Group Coordinator - Barossa Mid North
David's background includes 37 years as a dairy farmer and membership of the inaugural DairySA Board. He values the opportunity that discussion groups give in mixing with the diverse "real" people in dairy.
When not engaged in all things dairy, David loves riding his 650cc road bike, 4-wheel driving and being with his family.
David's dairy favourites: All cheeses and French Vanilla Cappuccino flavoured milk.
Mobile: 0427 006 233
Based in the Central region, Flaxley
Rick Hinge works with the Tactics for Tight Times program which is supported in South Australia by SADA and PIRSA. Rick supports the SA dairy community, the DairySA team and Board. TFTT is focused on wellbeing. He aims to create authentic connections with dairy farmers across the state by listening and connecting them with the most needed resources.
A fifth generation farmer from Mundulla, Rick has worked with the Drought Assistance program and has been an Ambassador for Beyond Blue for the past ten years.
Rick's dairy favourites: the odd ice coffee and Golden North ice cream.
Mobile: 0429 225 144
Based in the Upper South East
Communications, story ideas
Communicating key messages is at the heart of Katies work life and a handy asset to have when assisting her husband on their prime lamb property in the Limestone Coast! She enjoys working with people who are passionate about their industry, with agriculture standing tall as one of the best.
With two children, Katie also enjoys a good read, walking, pilates and a paddock bonfire or picnic as the season dictates.
Katie's dairy favourites: Soft cheeses, locally made Persian fetta and creamy yoghurt.
Mobile: 0419 821 689
Based in the South East, nr Penola
Finance Administration Coordinator
Anna Eddy is the "behind the scenes angel" for the DairySA team. As Administration Coordinator, Anna is responsible for keeping the DairySA ship sailing smoothly!
Anna has a strong agricultural background, having grown up in SA's South East before travelling and working throughout Australia and then settling with her family near Lucindale on a small acreage.
In her spare time Anna enjoys competing in campdrafting and stockmans' challenges.
Anna's dairy favourites: Cheese, any cheese!
Based in the South East, nr Lucindale