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.
Dan Parnell is an experienced agronomist who works with farmers to improve dairy effluent management and water quality outcomes through the Dairy for Healthy Estuaries project, a partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
He also assists with the annual benchmarking of the WA dairy industry through the Dairy Farm Monitor Project and delivers Feeding Pastures for Profit workshops.
Regional Extension Officer
Rob La Grange
Casual extension officer Our Farm Our Plan
Rob La Grange coordinates the Our Farm Our Plan program which is designed to equip farmers with tools to clarify their long-term goals, identify and prioritise actions, and manage uncertainty and risk.
Rob has been a valued member of the Western Dairy team since 2011, applying his broad skills and dairy industry knowledge to a range of extension, training and mentoring roles.
Dairy Training Officer
Fiona Jones coordinates the Western Dairy training program in partnership with South Regional TAFE and supports those trainees studying Cert III and Cert IV in Agriculture (Dairy) to fulfil their professional goals.
Fiona has more than 17 years of experience in livestock research and extension, focusing on grazing management, genetic selection, maternal productivity, ruminant nutrition and dietary introductions, as well as measuring methane emissions from grazing beef cattle. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from UWA and a Masters in Animal Nutrition from Murdoch University. Fiona enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of the agricultural industry and supporting the younger generation of agriculturalists.
Regional Extension Officer - Dairy Workforce, Safety and HR
Gemma Longford connects farmers to information, resources and training in the areas of Human Resources, Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing.
She has a professional background in communication, event management, facilitation and agribusiness, and has a genuine desire to help farm businesses and the WA dairy industry become Employers of Choice.