Western Dairy Team

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

Western Dairy
Julianne Hill
Regional Manager
Julianne Hill leads the Western Dairy team in engaging and supporting WA’s 140 dairy farm businesses. Julianne holds an MBA (Griffith University); Associate Diploma in Agriculture (Muresk); Bachelor of Management - Farm Business (University of Sydney); Graduate Certificate in Regional Agricultural Development Planning; and a Certificate III in Business (Frontline Management).

She has developed a range of management and extension skills over three decades working within the agricultural industry in WA and interstate, including more than nine years contracted to the ​Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

Julianne and her husband farm at Brunswick, running beef cattle, merinos and prime lambs. She is excited to be working in the dairy industry, supporting farmers and their communities to become more profitable, sustainable and resilient.
    Western Dairy
    Gilly Johnson
    Board & Regional Manager Support
    Gilly Johnson is an experienced administrator, project manager and facilitator who has a passion for Jersey beef! She has expertise in remote project management, workforce and organisational development, and mentoring.
      Western Dairy
      Dan Parnell
      Regional Extension 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 and Environmental Regulation.

      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.

      He also supports the Dairy Farm Monitor Program, the annual benchmarking of the WA dairy industry, and delivers Feeding Pastures for Profit workshops.
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        Rob La Grange
        Dairy Training Officer
        Rob La Grange leads the Western Dairy dairy training program in partnership with South Regional TAFE.

        He travels widely and supports dairy trainees and those undertaking Cert IV in Agriculture (Dairy) to fulfil their training needs, using industry-accredited and recognised training resources.
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          Jenelle Bowles
          Communications Specialist
          Jenelle Bowles works with Western Dairy, Dairy Australia, farmers, 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 for more than 15 years.
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            Kirk Reynolds
            Agribusiness Support
            Kirk Reynolds is responsible for guiding current research projects to best meet the needs of WA dairy farmers.

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