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Lindsay Ferguson
Regional Manager- Dairy Australia

and Executive Officer - WestVic Dairy

  

Lindsay leads the team at WestVic Dairy. Before starting at WestVic Dairy in 2016, he established a career in the agricultural industry spanning a number of sectors including consulting, accounting, academia and government. He was a senior lecturer at University of Melbourne at Glenormiston Campus for 14 years, leading the business management section. More recently, Lindsay managed the business development team in the Barwon South West Region with Regional Development Victoria. He returns to the dairy farming sector with a passion to see the industry thrive.

Contact

Lindsay Ferguson
Regional Manager
Email: Lindsay@westvicdairy.com.au 

       

Helen Chenoweth
Dairy Farm Recovery Coordinator

Helen Chenoweth has been a Dairy Extension Officer for Department of Agriculture for over 30 years, specialising in soils/fertiliser management and farm business management.

Helen was also involved in supporting farmers after the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires by assisting fodder distribution at The Sisters Centre. After some private consulting work and more recently working in the banking sector, Helen has joined WestVic Dairy in the fire recovery role.  

Contact

Helen Chenoweth
Dairy Farm Recovery Coordinator 
Email: helen@westvicdairy.com.au

Amanda Heard
Project Support Officer

  

Amanda, born and raised in Terang, started work with WestVic Dairy in July 2010, and has a background in organisational administration and small business. She developed her skills in educational administratuib over many years at the Glenoriston College.

Amanda’s role includes organising event catering, taking RSVPs and making sure everything runs smoothly within the organisation. Amanda is known for her friendly voice answering the phone and is always happy to help.

Contact 

Amanda Heard
Project Support Officer
Email: amanda@westvicdairy.com.au

   

Libby Swayn
Project Coordinator

 

Libby is the coordinator of office operations including HR and people, finance, and Project Officer Support. Libby also supports the WestVic Dairy Officer and the WestVic Dairy Board.

Libby and her husband Rod run a dairy farm and Holstein Stud at Nalangil, outside Colac. 

Contact

Libby Swayn
Project Coordinator
(Monday – Thursday)

Email: libby@westvicdairy.com.au

 

   

Alexandra Lenehan
Marketing and Communications Officer

 

After moving to Australia from Germany, Alex studied journalism and literature at Deakin University. After completing her degree, Alex worked at WestVic Dairy before taking an extended maternity leave. 

Alex has solid experience in media and communications and has strong insight into the regional dairy industry. 

Alex is responsible for the WestVic Dairy newsletter, flyers, social media and general promotion of WestVic Dairy events.

Contact

Alex Lenehan
Marketing and Communications Officer
(Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) 

Email:alexandra@westvicdairy.com.au 

   

Liza Fahey
Project Officer

   Liza is a long-standing employee and works as project officer delivering a range of WestVic projects including the Great South west Dairy Awards, Sungold Field Days, the Ladies Luncheon and numerous special events. Liza was raised on a south west Victorian dairy farm and now farms with her husband at Terang. You will also see her somewhere around the district as she is a great contributor to many community activities.

 

Contact

Lisa Fahey
Project Officer
Email: liza@westvicdairy.com.au   

 

Laurie Hickey
Regional Extension Officer (Farm Business Management)

 

 Laurie takes responsibility for WestVic Dairy's farm business management programs, including Focus Farms and Discussion Groups. A well respected Camperdown local, he brings enormous experience to the team after years as a dairy farmer, dairy educator and many terms of service on the Regional Extension Committee.

Contact

Laurie Hickey
Regional Extension Officer (Farm Business Management)
Email: laurie@westvicdairy.com.au

   

Michelle Muir
Regional Extension Officer (Workforce Planning)

 

Michelle joined the team in 2016 and her extension role focussed on the "People" area, including employment, skills and safety. She studied Commerce/Law at Deakin University and worked in Warrnambool for several years as a lawyer. Having now completed her Diploma in HR, she is well equipped to support the industry in workforce matters. 

Michelle was brought up on a sheep property on the northern edge of the WestVic Dairy region and is now dairy farming with her partner at Simpson. 

Contact

Michelle Muir
Regional Extension Officer (Workforce Planning)
Email: michelle@westvicdairy.com.au

   

Peter Gaffy
Regional Extension Officer (Feedbase)

 

Peter joined the team in 2015 and takes responsibility for feedbase extension. He grew up on a dairy farm in Ardmona, Northern Victoria and graduated from Dookie College with a degree in Applied Science Agriculture. Peter calls Allansford home with his wife Fiona, daughter Lucy and son James. 

For more than 10 years, Peter has worked as a milk supply officer across Tasmania, Gippsland and South West Victoria. These roles helped Peter develop strong working relationships within the industry. 

Contact

Peter Gaffy
Regional Extension Officer (Feedbase)
Email: Peter@westvicdairy.com.au

   

Heidi Van Es
Regional Extension Officer (Young Dairy Network)

 

Heidi grew up on a dairy farm and was involved from a young age. These early experiences helped foster Heidi’s passion for the dairy industry. 
Throughout her career, Heidi has worked with many dairy farmers around south west Victoria and has held positions with NCDE, VFF, the Midfield Group and most recently HICO.

Heidi’s passion, education and working history have always included training young people in the dairy industry, which is one of the reasons why she is “udderly” excited to be the looking after the WestVic Dairy Young Dairy Network.

Contact

Heidi Van Es
Regional Extension Officer (Young Dairy Network)

Email: heidi@westvicdairy.com.au

 

       

Will Bredin
Regional Extension Officer (Animal Performance)

 

Will has taken care of WestVic dairy's animal performance extension since joining us in 2017. Will is a veterinarian, who has worked in the south west Victorian dairy sector since 2008. His family farming background has fostered a special interest in dairy cattle and he is qualified in a number of programs focused on animal performance.

Will and his wife live in Camperdown with their two young children.

Contact

Will Bredin
Regional Extension Officer (Animal Performance)
Email: will@westvicdairy.com.au

 

   

Matt Wood

 

 

Contact

Matt Wood
Email: matt@westvicdairy.com.au 

 

   

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