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Western Dairy Team

The Western Dairy office is located within the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development building in Bunbury, Western Australia. Western Dairy employs six staff members and engages local consultants. 

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

 

Jessica Andony - Regional Extension Officer 

Jess Andony coordinates Western Dairy's extension portfolio of events and engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Animal Science with Dairy Science Honours from Murdoch University.

Jess is from a dairy farming family and is driven to educate and support the WA dairy community. 

Email: jessica@westerndairy.com.au

 

Ya-Chun Yu - Dairy Pastures Research Officer

Ya-Chun Yu manages Western Dairy’s independent pasture trials and implements pasture projects that help meet WA dairy industry needs and priorities. Ya-Chun shares the trial results with dairy farmers to shape their feedbase management decisions. 

Ya-Chun holds a Master of Agricultural Science degree from the University of Western Australia, majored in Crop and Animal Farming Systems. She has worked in agricultural production in her native Taiwan and in Australia.

Establishing best practice dairy pasture production and helping dairy farming to become more profitable and sustainable through homegrown feed is what motivates Ya-Chun professionally. 

Email: yachun.yu@westerndairy.com.au

 

 

Kirk Reynolds - Agribusiness Support

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

Kirk is responsible for guiding current research projects 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

 

Rob La Grange - Dairy Training Officer 

Rob La Grange leads the Western Dairy dairy training program, in partnership with South Regional TAFE.

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

Find out more about Western Dairy's employment and training programs contact Rob.

Email: rob.lagrange@westerndairy.com.au

 

Dan Parnell - Project Officer

Dan Parnell is an agronomist and the Western Dairy Dairycare Project Officer working to improve effluent systems in partnership with the Department of Water.

Dan is experienced in effluent design and works with farmers to produce efficient effluent systems that deliver on-farm benefits as well as improved water quality outcomes within their catchments.

Dan also supports the 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. Contact Dan for more information. 

Email: dan.parnell@westerndairy.com.au

 

Jenelle Bowles - Communications Specialist 

Jenelle Bowles works with the Western Dairy team and Dairy Australia to support WA dairy farmers and the national industry through media and social media engagement, public relations, marketing and events.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Murdoch University and is an experienced journalist and communications professional, having worked across media, industry and community sectors for more than 14 years.

Jenelle enjoys sharing stories that educate and motivate people in positive ways.

Email: jenelle.bowles@westerndairy.com.au

                                                                                        

Tammy Negus - Feedbase & Human Resources Support

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 Western Dairy's 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

Roxy Schoof - Young Dairy Network Regional Coordinator

Roxy Schoof joined the Western Dairy team in July 2019 to manage and support the expanding Western Dairy Young Dairy Network (YDN).

Roxy knows and loves dairy, having grown up on a dairy farm at Redmond on the South Coast of Western Australia and completing a Bachelor of Animal Science degree at Murdoch University.

She aims to host YDN events that deliver relevant information to young people that can be applied directly to their farming business or future farm.

Email: roxymozzie@hotmail.com.

                                                                            

Sam Taylor - Technical Support

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

 

Richard Morris – Rumen8 Project Developer

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

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

To register for Rumen8 or more information about the application, please contact Richard.

Email: richard@rwmorris.com.au

 

 

Find out about Western Dairy's board members here.

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DataGene

DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

Making herd diets simple: Rumen8

Rumen8 is a free application to help increase dairy cow milk production and reduce feed costs. Rumen8 is easy to use and is supported by the Western Dairy team, register today.

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