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Western Dairy Team

The Western Dairy Hub operates out of the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) offices in Bunbury. "The Hub" has four permanent staff plus a team of part time project specific contractors. SWCC is a key strategic partner of Western Dairy and provides administrative, communication and human resource services to the Western Dairy Hub.

Esther Jones– Regional Manager

Agricultural marketing and management consultant Esther Jones (nee Price) was appointed to the position of executive officer of Western Dairy in 1999. 

Esther is responsible for the overall management and performance of Western Dairy and operates from the Western Dairy office in Denmark.

Under Esther’s management Western Dairy has grown in stature and recognition to become a quality provider of services and information to the WA dairy industry. Esther is passionate about advancing the dairy industry and is a proud winner of the WA Farmers Milk Bottle Award for services to the sector, in 2013. 

Email: esther@westerndairy.com.au


Kirk Reynolds – Western Dairy Agribusiness Team Leader

Kirk Reynolds leads the Western Dairy research and extension program based in Bunbury. 

Kirk is responsible for guiding extension and applied research activities to best meet the needs of WA dairy farmers. 

With a strong background in agricultural science and business, Kirk is widely connected within the WA dairy industry stemming from previous roles with CSBP and as a former director of Western Dairy.

Email: Kirk.Reynolds@westerndairy.com.au

Kirk Reynlods Western Dairy 

Dr Peter Hutton - Dairy Research Scientist

Peter Hutton is our full time dairy scientist. Peter is responsible for delivering the applied science behind research and extension projects that address the WA dairy industry and WA dairy farmers. 

Western Australian dairy is characterised by its large dairy herds and pasture-dominant feeding system – two elements that bring with them very specific needs and priorities.

A former dairy farmer, dairy lecturer and now research scientist Peter’s area of speciality is ruminant nutrition and pastures. 

Email: peter.hutton@westerndairy.com.au


Jessica Andony – Research and Extension Officer and Young Dairy Network coordinator

Jess Andony is the Hub’s Research and Extension Officer as well as carrying out the role of Young Dairy Network Coordinator for WA. 

She holds a Bachelor of Animal Science with Dairy Science Honours from Murdoch University and comes from a dairy background in the south west of WA. 

Jess is extremely well networked within the Australian dairy community and, being the Hub’s youngest initial staff member, she represents a key aspect of the Hub’s succession planning strategy.

Email: jessica@westerndairy.com.au 

Jess Andony Western Dairy 

Rob La Grange – Dairy Training

Rob La Grange has re-joined Western Dairy after a 9-month stint in Fiji, to head up our dairy training program. Western Dairy has negotiated an industry-first relationship with South Regional TAFE whereby Western Dairy is the contracted provider of dairy training.

Rob works two days a week to work with dairy trainees and those undertaking Cert IV in Agriculture (Dairy) to fulfil their training needs, using industry-accredited and recognised training resources. 

Western Dairy is particularly proud to have our own ‘in-house’ trainer – which gives us great confidence in the quality and relevance of the training we provide.

Find out more about Western Dairy's employment and training programs here, or email Rob directly with a question.

Email: rob.lagrange@westerndairy.com.au


Dan Parnell – Project Officer

Dan Parnell is an agronomist and the Western Dairy Project Officer for our effluent systems review project, taking place throughout the Western dairying region and working with the Department of Water.

Dan is experienced and extensively trained in effluent design and is enjoying working with farmers to produce working effluent systems that deliver on-farm benefit as well as improved water quality outcomes within their catchment area. 

Dan also supports our Dairy Farm Monitor Program, the annual benchmarking of the WA dairy industry and delivers Feeding Pastures for Profit workshops.

Download recent benchmarking reports for the WA dairy industry here. Or to ask Dan a question, send him an email.

Email: dan.parnell@westerndairy.com.au


Sam Taylor - Technical services

Sam Taylor is a highly respected agronomist and an accredited designer of dairy farm effluent systems.

Sam is contracted to Western Dairy to provide technical support to the DairyCare program and a range of agronomy services. DairyCare supports farmers in reviewing and upgrading their dairy effluent systems. Read more about the DairyCare program or email Sam for an effluent system review.

Email: sam@agvivo.com.au

Tammy Negus - Feedbase and Human Resources

Tammy Negus is an agronomist with a human resources qualification specific to the dairy industry. 

Tammy leads Western Dairy’s workforce development activities, supporting W.A dairy farmers across a range of human resource issues, from assisting with the development of employment contracts to implementing ‘safe farms’ through building adoption of the dairy farm safety manual. 

She aspires to have every WA dairy farm using employment contracts for their staff and to have a safety culture as part of their daily operation. 

Tammy also makes a considerable contribution to our feedbase and animal nutrition work and has edited the much-loved Feed Trough for many years. Check out the latest issues of Feed Trough

Email: tammy.negus@gmail.com

Tammy Negus Western Dairy 

Richard Morris – Rumen8 Project developer

Richard Morris is an agricultural IT consultant and is the developer and co-creator of the DairyAustralia ruminant nutrition package Rumen8 that helps you deliver better dairy nutrition to your animals.

Richard has a career of experience in dairy research, computer modelling and programming, and he continues to improve the Rumen8 software that is a key part of our feedbase and nutrition packages. 

To register for Rumen8 or have a question about the application, please email Richard.

Email: richard@rwmorris.com.au



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