Meet Western Dairy team members and make contact here.
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 as a quality provider of services and information to the WA dairy industry.
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.
Ya-Chun Yu - Dairy Pastures Research Officer
Ya-Chun Yu manages Western Dairy’s independent pasture trials and implements pasture projects that help dairy farmers to shape their feedbase management decisions.
Ya-Chun holds a Master of Agricultural Science degree from the University of Western Australia, majoring 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.
Kirk Reynolds - Agribusiness Support
Kirk Reynolds supports the Western Dairy research and extension program based in Bunbury, and is responsible for guiding current research projects to best meet the needs of WA dairy farmers.
A former director of Western Dairy, Kirk has an extensive background in agricultural science and business management.
Rob La Grange - Dairy Training Officer
Rob La Grange leads the Western Dairy dairy training program in partnership with South Regional TAFE.
He works with dairy trainees and those undertaking Cert IV in Agriculture (Dairy) to fulfil their training needs, using industry-accredited and recognised training resources.
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 and contact Dan for more information.
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 communications, 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.
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 an integrated safety culture in daily operations.
Tammy also makes a considerable contribution to Western Dairy's feedbase and animal nutrition work and has edited the much-loved Feed Trough newsletter for many years.
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.
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.
Find out about Western Dairy's board members here.