Southern Australia Meat Research Council (SAMRC)
MLA is encouraging grassroots cattle and sheep producers across southern Australia to drive the future direction of levy-payer funded research and development for their area.
The Southern Australian Meat Research Council (SAMRC) was reformed in mid-2015 to gather feedback on the research, development and adoption (R&D) needs of sheep and grassfed cattle producers across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, and from Queensland sheep producers.
SAMRC members include sheep and grassfed beef producers, MLA, CSIRO and agencies and universities from each SAMRC state. For more information on SAMRC, visit www.samrc.com.au
SAMRC is supported by seven regional committees, each chaired by a local producer. The regional committees gather input from local producers and producer networks on local R&D needs. SAMRC then considers the R&D priorities from each committee to develop the regional R&D priorities that inform the national priorities for sheepmeat and grassfed beef R&D recommended by the Red Meat Panel.
The SAMRC RD&A Plan 2016 outlines the RD&A priorities identified specifically for each region. It explains the reasoning behind each region’s priorities and why ongoing investment in regionally-focussed R&D and its adoption on farm is critical to the future of Australia’s red meat and livestock industries.
To get involved, contact your regional committee:
Angus Hobson - Chair
Southern NSW chair (time being)
Find out more about Angus
Angus is a sixth generation primary producer and owner and manager of Bukalong in the Monaro region of South East NSW. Here he runs a self-replacing Merino flock as well as a self-replacing Angus herd to supply weaners for the grass and grain finishing market. He also grows a range of forage crops, predominantly lucerne and winter cereals.
Angus has considerable technical, practical and strategic planning experience spanning more than 25 years in the red meat and livestock industries. This includes managerial and livestock experience on properties throughout Australia and New Zealand and as a trainee manager with Australian Country Choice (primary supplier of beef and veal products to Coles Supermarkets).
Angus has also held a range of corporate positions in the livestock industry, including Chief Executive Officer of the Red Meat Advisory Council Ltd, Director of Monaro farming systems, Director of XF Enterprises (a multinational provider of ruminant nutrition products and consultative services), and Policy Officer with Cattle Council of Australia.
Other roles have included senior positions with MLA, the Southern Australian Beef Research Council (SABRC), Performance Feeds and Unipro International. Angus holds a Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England, has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and has worked as a qualified MSA Grading Officer and AUS-MEAT Chiller Assessor.
Tom Amey – Regional Chair
Find out more about Tom
Tom has been a cattle producer for 38 years and has experience across the grazing and processing industry. He runs a cow and calf operation west of Casino, NSW, servicing the MSA-graded trade yearling market and spent 14 years as a director on the board of the Northern Cooperative Meat Company with some time spent as Deputy Chairman.
Tom has an honours degree in Rural Science from the University of New England which has given him a strong understanding of maximising productivity and profitability using sustainable practices and has encouraged him to drive and coordinate finishing trials for weaner producers, field days, workshops and seminars. Tom is a director on the North Coast Local Land Services board and chairman of the Strategic Planning Subcommittee.
NSW Central West, Rangelands and Queensland
Find out more about Gus
Angus, with his wife Kelly, runs a mixed grazing operation over two properties in the Wentworth/Broken Hill area on the Anabranch River. Here, they produce mainly store lambs and calves for on-selling to finishers, while mutton is sold over the hooks.
Merino genetics are predominantly used in the sheep flock, although most years White Suffolk rams are placed over a portion of the enterprise’s ewes. Angus’ cattle herd includes cross-bred cows, predominantly Santa Gertrudis cross, with the use of Angus bulls.
Angus is chairman of the Southern Community Advisory Group for the Western Local Land Services and past chairman of the Lower Murray Darling Catchment Management Board. His strong work in the area of soils has seen his operation selected by Soils For Life as one of two case studies for the Western NSW region.
South East Victoria and Tasmania
Find out more about Jenny
Jenny is well known for promoting sustainable agriculture, particularly in Gippsland where she and her husband run a 680ha beef and sheep property.
Over the past 29 years she has helped develop and deliver many initiatives to encourage farmers to adopt sustainable management practices including working with the South Gippsland Landcare Network, MLA’s scoping study for sustainable agriculture, Dairy Australia’s DairySage mentoring program and the Westernport GipRip Project. She is also the recipient of a number of awards including the Beef Improvement Association’s Service Award, the Hugh Mackay Farming Award and the Gippsland Women’s Honour Roll for her work to advance agriculture and protect and enhance the area’s natural resources.
More recently, Jenny and her husband Paul have created an exciting agri-tourism business, Gippsland Food Adventures, promoting Gippsland as a premium food region.
Find out more about Julian
Julian Carroll is a commercial beef and seed stock producer from Mudgegonga in Victoria’s North East. A 4th generation farmer on the family property, Julian returned to the land in 2008 after 20 years in Melbourne, spent mostly running an IT company.
Julian is passionate about the adoption and promotion of best practice principles and has presented at various conferences around the state. In 2015 he was a finalist in the beef category of the Weekly Times Farmer of the Year.
Julian is also president of the Mudgegonga and District Landcare Group and a part time project officer for the Myrtleford-based rural supplies co-op (TAFCO) where he organises extension and adoption activities that promote sustainable farming practices in the Ovens, King and Kiewa Valleys.
Find out more about Tim
Tim and his wife Georgie run a self-replacing prime lamb flock, a seed stock business, run cattle and grow some cereal pasture crops at Pigeon Ponds in Western Victoria. They have substantially expanded the business over the past decade and have a strong focus on productivity and land development.
Tim has been involved with and still manages extension activities with a number of Lifetime Ewe Management groups and a BestwoolBestlamb group and delivers qualified training in agriculture at Rural Industries Skills Training, Hamilton.
Tim has been involved at executive and committee level in many and various local organisations including the Balmoral Branch of the VFF, Balmoral Pastoral Agricultural Show Society and Coopworth Genetics Australia. He also sits on the BestwoolBestlamb Advisory Committee and has been an implementation committee member for Land and Biodiversity for the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority.In 1999 Tim was recognised as a Young Rural Ambassador for Victoria and has participated in a number of rural leadership programs during his farming career in Canberra and at Marcus Oldham College.
Jane Kellock - Regional Chair
Find out more about Jane
Jane and her husband Greg and family run a mixed-farming enterprise in Farrell Flat in the Mid North of SA. They have a self-replacing merino flock, a lamb finishing system, some South Devon Cattle and cereal and legume cropping. Jane has a long farming history in South Australia and would be known to many through her various roles in the sheep industry.
She holds leadership roles with the SA “Sheep Industry Blueprint” and “Sheep Advisory Group”, and is a member of MLA’s Board Selection Committee and was a member of the SA LambEx Planning Committee.”
She is a passionate sheep producer who is always wanting to improve her flock and looking for the next R & D opportunities to use. Technology, engaging with youth, animal welfare, systems farming and business management are areas of interest for Jane.
Andrew Rice - Regional Chair
Southern NSW region
Find out more about Andrew
Andrew is a mixed-farming producer and agribusiness consultant (ASPIRE agri) based in Parkes (Central West NSW). He is a graduate of Rural Science (UNE) and the Australian Rural Leadership Program and Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is an active partner in his family’s mixed farming business, operated with his parents and two brothers.
Andrew also has extensive off-farm experience, having managed the Southern Regional Grower Services portfolio for the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), as well as having extensive experience as a farm business and agronomy consultant in Central West and Southern NSW.
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