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Western Dairy Team

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

Jenelle Bowles - Regional Manager & Executive Officer

Jenelle Bowles leads the Western Dairy team in engaging and supporting WA’s 140 dairy farm businesses.

A communications and corporate affairs specialist, she works with the Western Dairy Board, Dairy Australia, service providers and government partners to enhance the dairy industry’s sustainability, profitability and reputation.

Jenelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Murdoch University and has worked as a journalist and communications professional across media, mining and Landcare sectors.

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. 


Dan Parnell - DairyCare Project Officer

Dan Parnell is an agronomist with extensive experience in effluent system design and management. Dan works with farmers and project partners to produce efficient systems that deliver on-farm benefits, improved water quality and environmental outcomes. 

He also contributes to the Dairy Farm Monitor Project and Feeding Pastures for Profit training program.


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.


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. 

Esther Jones - Project Officer 

Esther Jones (nee Price) supports Western Dairy’s special projects, including its iconic annual Dairy Innovation Day conference and exhibition.

An agricultural marketing and events manager, Esther was appointed Western Dairy regional manager and executive officer in 1999. She retired from these positions in 2020 after two decades of dedicated leadership and service to the dairy industry.

Kirk Reynolds - Agribusiness Specialist

Kirk Reynolds coordinates Western Dairy’s Dairy Farm Monitor Project and Dairy Australia's Smarter Irrigation for Profit 2 project in WA.

A former director of Western Dairy, Kirk has an extensive professional background in agricultural science and business management.

Tammy Negus - Agronomist & HR Specialist

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

Tammy leads Western Dairy’s workforce development activities, supporting WA dairy farmers across a range of human resource issues including employment contracts and farm safety.

Tammy also contributes to Western Dairy's feedbase and animal nutrition resources. 

Roxy Schoof - YDN Regional Coordinator

Roxy Schoof supports the expanding Western Dairy Young Dairy Network (YDN).

Roxy is from a dairy farming family in Redmond and holds a Bachelor of Animal Science degree from Murdoch University.

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

Sam Taylor - Agronomist

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

Sam is contracted to Western Dairy to provide technical support to the DairyCare program as well as a range of agronomy services.

 

Find out about Western Dairy's board members here.

Initiatives

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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