Western Australian Livestock Research Council (WALRC)


MLA is encouraging grassroots cattle and sheep producers across southern WA to drive the future direction of levy-payer funded research and development for their area.

The Western Australian Livestock Research Council (WALRC) gathers feedback on the research, development and adoption (R&D) needs of sheep and grassfed cattle producers from southern WA.

WALRC members include sheep and grassfed beef producers, MLA, CSIRO, universities, and NRM and agricultural consultancy groups.

WALRC then considers the R&D needs 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.

To get involved, contact the WALRC Coordinator and/or WALRC members:

Tim Watts



Tim is a sheep producer and veterinarian based at Pingelly, WA. Tim has worked within the livestock industry as a veterinarian for more than 30 years, and has broad experience in the industry with a background in consulting and as a sheep producer. Tim has held a number of livestock industry business and strategic roles over his career to date, and has extensive experience in the research and extension field.

Craig Forsyth



Craig is a cattle producer from ‘Avoca’ in the Dongara area approximately 400km north of Perth. He and his family background 3000 cattle which are on-sold to other producers in addition to maintaining a core breeding herd of 300. Craig is chair of the Mingenew Irwin Group which focuses on local R&D, environment and education. A long-running interest in R&D inspired Craig to become part of WALRC to help drive R&D within the Western Australian livestock industries.

Jessica Horstman



Jessica farms with her parents on 3200ha near Northampton where they operate a Poll Merino stud, run Poll Dorset crossbred lambs and crop 1300ha. She holds a Bachelor of Land Management from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Agriculture from the University of New England and has previously worked for the Department of Agriculture and Food as a hydrologist. Jessica is also one of a select group of Australian wool growers to feature in a series of short films made on behalf of Australian Wool Innovation. She is a member of the Sheep Alliance of WA.

Matt Camarri



Matt is a third-generation beef producer with cattle enterprises in the Nannup and Busselton shires. He is currently running 800 breeding cows and 350 dry stock at a stocking rate in excess of 17 DSE, supported by rotational grazing principles. He runs a late autumn calving herd to produce store calves for an on-farm NFAS accredited feedlot. His 1500 head NFAS accredited feedlot utilises a tempered grain feeding system to produce domestic grain fed cattle for the Woolworths supermarket trade.

John Wallace



John runs 6000ha of cattle, sheep and grain in the Esperance region as part of a family partnership operation. He has a long-standing commitment to R&D and improvement of the livestock industries through his involvement in the Association for Sheep Husbandry, Excellence, Evaluation and Production Group. He is the current Meat President of the Western Australian Farmers’ Association, is chair of Grain and Graze program in WA and sits on the Sheepmeat Council of Australia.

Lynley Anderson



Lynley runs a 2400ha mixed farm at Kojonup, with crop, wool, prime lambs and a Poll Merino and a Poll Dorset stud. The enterprise joins some 4000 ewes with wether sold as weaners. Her family has been breeding rams for three generations, aiming for robust, productive, easy care, fertile Merinos. Lynley is a board member and former chair of Southern Dirt grower group and has involvement in the Muchas Gracias and North Kojonup Production groups. She hosts on-farm trials for grower groups and has a keen interest in R&D.

Clint Thompson

Wyloo Station Carnarvon


Clint holds a bachelor of science with honours and spent his early career working as an agronomist with Elders and CSBP. He also has a strong interest in reproductive technologies and is currently applying these skills to the position of manager at Wyloo Station out of Carnarvon, a role he has held since 2010.






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