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Lindsay Ferguson
Regional Manager- Dairy Australia and Executive Officer - WestVic Dairy

 
 Lindsay Ferguson 

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 

       

Amanda Heard
Project Support Officer

 Amanda Heard 

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 and Regional Extension Officer (Land, water & climate)

 Libby Swayn

Libby is the coordinator of office operations including HR and people, finance, and Project Officer Support. Libby works as Regional Extension Officer one day a week and 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

 

   

Liza Fahey
Project Officer

 Liza Fahey  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)

 Laura Hickey

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 Muir

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)

 Pete Gaffy

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

   

Debbie Twiss
Regional Extension Officer (Animal Health & Performance)

 

Debbie is our extension officer responsible for Animal Health and Performance. Debbie qualified as a vet from Massey University, New Zealand in 1996.

Since graduating she has always preferred working with dairy cattle and has spent the last eight years working in south west Victoria for The Vet Group at their Allansford practice.

Contact

Debbie Twiss
Regional Extension Officer (Animal Health & Performance)
Email: debbie@dairyaustralia.com.au

 

       
 

Matt Wood

Marketing and Communications Officer

 Matt Wood

Matt grew up on the family farm in the Lake District, England. After completing Ag College he worked on several farms before travelling to Australia and meeting his now wife Sally. Following ten years working as a paramedic, both in England and Australia, Matt has now returned to the dairy industry as the Marketing and Communications Officer here at WestVic Dairy.

Contact

Matt Wood
Marketing and Communications Officer
Email: matthew@westvicdairy.com.au 

 

   

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