Livestock SA Board
Geoff and his wife Val run a self-replacing Merino flock east of the southern Flinders Ranges, near Orroroo, and a cropping operation north-east of Jamestown. Geoff is a past-president of WoolProducers Australia and has been an executive member of the organisation since 2005. He has also been a member of the South Australian Sheep Advisory Group, which advises the SA Minister for Agriculture on sheep and wool matters. Geoff is a member of the South Australian Wild Dog Action Group and is working with WoolProducers on a national approach to tackle increasing numbers of wild dogs in pastoral regions.
Contact Geoff on 0428 581 067 and email
Joe is a partner in Keyneton Station, a family farming business, operating at Keyneton and in the South East, principally grazing Merino sheep, Angus cattle and first-cross lambs. Joe has had a long involvement in regional and state organisations including the Natural Resources Management Council and the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board. He has also been a member of LambEx 2014 Committee and the Cattle Council of Australia Research, Development, Extension and Sustainability Sub-Committee. He believes a strong Livestock SA is needed to advocate to government and industry for future policy development and investment in programs that support agriculture. Joe is currently the South Australian representative on WoolProoducers Australia. He is also Chair of the PPSA Natural Resources Committee.
Contact Joe on 0428 648 235 and email
Andrew produces beef cattle, Merino sheep and coarse grain cropping in the Naracoorte district with wife Sally, daughter Alice and her husband Anton. He started breeding Shorthorns in 1968, operating Belmore Shorthorn stud, and judges beef cattle at Australian and international shows. Andy is the chair of the SA Cattle Advisory Group. He has previously served on the SAFF Livestock Committee and as a board member of the former Rural Press Limited.
Contact Andy 08 8765 3218 and email
Andrew operates Allandale Station, a pastoral enterprise consisting of Poll Hereford and Angus beef cattle on the Oodnadatta Track for the past 22 years. He runs the station with his wife Donnagh and three sons, Henry, William and Lauchlan. Recently, they extended their beef operation to include a property in the Upper South East to help with drought management. His early working experiences covered a variety of properties (beef and sheep) in South Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory before returning to manage the family business, aged 21.
Contact Andrew 08 8670 7806 and email
Jack grew up on a mixed family farming enterprise, Shepherds Hill, consisting of commercial Merino sheep, wool, prime lambs, cattle, cropping and agroforestry near Kingston. He completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide and worked for Animal Health Australia in policy development on a number of exotic and domestic animal disease preparedness programs. Jack returned to the Lower South East to work as a part-time research agronomist before taking over Shepherds Hill as the fifth generation farmer with his wife Frances and daughter Taylor. He was recently named Young Farmer of the Year in the 2014 Kondinin Group-ABC Rural awards.
Contact Jack on 08 8767 5071 and email
Richard has worked in the wool industry all his life. He is the principal partner of Callowie Pty Ltd and Callowie Poll Merino Stud – a family farming business which he runs with his wife Jacquie and three children Sarah, Angus and Thomas at Bordertown. It is a mixed farming enterprise of stud and commercial Merino sheep, wool, prime lamb production, lucerne seed and hay. Richard was the inaugural President of Livestock SA, relinquishing this position in December 2014 after he was elected National President of WoolProducers Australia. He is also a member of the SA Sheep Advisory Group and a facilitator of the Rural Industries Skills Training Lifetime Ewe Management program.
Contact Richard on 0428 854 759 and email
Jamie grew up on his family's 880 hectare sheep farm, Ella Matta, on Kangaroo Island. He completed a university degree in International Business and Marketing at the University of South Australia, followed by three years working at South Australia's biggest meat processor Thomas Foods International, in the meat export and livestock departments. Since then he has re-joined the family farm full time and hopes to remain there indefinitely. In late 2014 he was a Youth Ambassador with the Sheep Meat Council of Australia, and attended the 2015 and 2016 American Sheep Industry Conference in the United States.
Contact Jamie on 0427 361 830 and email
Bill operates Lake Hamilton Station at Sheringa, near Elliston, on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula, with wife Jenny, father Bill, long-term worker Sam and three daughters. They run about 5000 Merinos, plus weaners and lambs over about 18,000 hectares, including 7000ha of native vegetation. The focus is on wool production and excess stock are fattened at a block at Lock and then sold. They also crop about 300 hectares to wheat and oats. Bill is passionate about ensuring the voices of Eyre Peninsula farmers are heard in management and policy development in Livestock SA and believes the new look agro-political structure in SA is long overdue and the way forward for the industry.
Contact Bill on 0428 890 618 and email
Allan is a third generation primary producer from Moorlands in the Murray Mallee. He and his family farm 2300 hectares producing grain, prime lambs and rams for the prime lamb industry. He has been involved in the South Australian red meat industry for 35 years and has built an extensive network of contacts. He is chairman of the SA Sheep Industry Blueprint, and initiative of Livestock SA and the SA Sheep Advisory Group. Allan chaired the successful LambEx 2014 conference organising committee, which was held in Adelaide, and is currently a member of the SA Sheep Advisory Group and Royal Adelaide Show Executive Councillor.
Contact Allan on 0407 580 925 and email
Penny runs a sheep and beef operation in the Upper South East district of Field with her husband Jason and mother-in-law Joanne, producing first-cross lambs and operating a beef seedstock operation, Raven Limousin and Limflex. Penny works off-farm managing projects and delivering workshops for the sheep, beef and dairy industries and casual university teaching in animal genetics and business management. Penny is the 2014 South Australian RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year and is a board director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation. She has been a member of the SA Angus Committee and Australian Angus Youth Management Committee.
Contact Penny on 0417 853 094 and email
Ex-officio Board Members
Peter runs a mixed farming operation near Peake with wife Renate. He completed an apprenticeship and worked as a mechanic for seven years before returning to the family farm in 1977 and since then, he has been a full-time farmer producing mainly grain and wool. Goats were introduced to the farm 25 years ago and currently Peter runs a herd of 160 breeding does mated to Boer bucks. Kids are sold to a domestic market. Peter has been involved in goat industry committees including the Australian Cashmere Growers Association SA Region and the former SA Farmers Federation goat and livestock committees. He currently represents Livestock SA on the Goat Industry Council of Australia, holding the position of treasurer.
Contact Peter on 0427 743 026 and email
Brad Bateman operates a prime lamb and beef operation at Millicent. Lambs are produced for the export market and beef is grown to target the EU and Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System markets. Brad studied a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Adelaide and graduated in 2005. After university Brad worked for a private consulting firm located in the South East before moving back to the family farm. Brad’s other roles include being a member of the South Australian Sheep Advisory Group, a member of the Box Flat Dingo Control committee and member of the South Australian Agriculture Bureau.
Contact Brad on 0408 848 002 and email
Amanda is the Livestock Manager at her family's property at Lucindale in the South East, producing livestock for Meat Standards Australia, JBS Farm Assured, PCAS and EU markets. Prior to this she worked as an Animal Health Advisor for Primary Industries & Regions South Australia - Biosecurity SA Animal Health. Amanda has been a member of Cattle Council of Australia's - Animal Health and Biosecurity Sub Committee, a member of the Mackillop Farm Management Group and Grasslands Society of Southern Australia National Conference Organising Committee Member. She was the South Australian representative at the Cattle Council of Australia Rising Champions Initative in 2014. Amanda is the South Australian member of the Cattle Council of Australia.
Contact Amanda on 0408 236 069 and email