The Policy Council is the engine room of Sheep Producers Australia. As an organisation with national influence, Sheep Producers Australia is a leader in the industry and is responsible for looking beyond state borders and jurisdictions and advocate for issues that are not confined to individual regions or enterprises.
Sheep Producers Australia policy and advocacy vision can be summarised under three key objectives:
The activities of the Sheep Producers Australia Policy Council are closely linked to the Red Meat 2030, the Sheep Sustainability Framework and the Sheep Producers Australia Strategic Plan for its content, direction, and monitoring.
As one unit with oversight over all policy matters, the Policy Council ensures that Sheep Producers Australia policy agenda is strategic, disciplined, and focused, seeking to develop policy and advocate on issues that are relevant to the sheep industry.
Policy Council Chair
Daryl is currently the NSW Agriculture Commissioner. He was Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water resources from 2015 to 2020 and was head of office at the Productivity Commission from 2012 to 2015. He has a long history of experience in policy areas including agriculture, water, food trade, natural resource management, telecommunications, transport and Commonwealth and State relations.
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Member
Hailing from Southern Tasmania, George has had a career working in and managing farm business through NSW, Victoria and Tasmania over the last 20 years. A recent career change has seen George take on the role of Livestock Agent for Nutrien Ag solutions based in Southern Tasmania.
George is the Vice chair of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Meat Council and was a member of the Sheep Producers Product Integrity Committee for three years. Passionate about the future of the sheep industry in Australia and Tasmania, having the opportunity to represent the industry on the Sheep Producers Policy Council is a great way to shape the future of the industry for the better.
Former Sheepmeats Industry Leader for NSW DPI and Chair of the Product Integrity Committee for Sheep Producers Australia. Industry involvement has included:
Passionate about the sheepmeat industry continuing to be successful, to overcome challenges and to implement the changes that are needed.
Penny Schulz is a sheep and beef farmer from Field, at the top of South Australia’s Limestone Coast, where she farms with her husband Jason and their family. She works off-farm as a university lecturer, currently completing her PhD in farmer app adoption, and has keen interests in agtech, genetics and sustainable farming systems. Penny also holds a number of industry and advisory leadership roles, including the Minister for Primary Industries Agtech Advisory Group, Premier’s Climate Change Council, Chair of the Limestone Coast Landscape Board and Chair of the SA Cattle Industry Fund.
Livestock SA Member
I am currently Vice-President of Livestock SA and chair the Biosecurity, Animal Health & Welfare Advisory Committee. I also represent livestock producers on the SA Government Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
I was the inaugural chair of the SA Sheep Industry Blueprint which has set the strategic direction for the SA sheep industry for the next 10 years. I also served as the inaugural chair of the SA regional committee of SAMRC (now SALRC) in 2016.
I was Vice President of Sheepmeat Council of Australia in 2017, and President of Sheep Producers of Australia in 2018.
NSW Farmers Member
Jenny, along with Craig her husband operates a mixed farming business in Central Western NSW.
The sheep business comprises merino ewes and a registered stud. The stud encompasses modern technology with the aim of producing commercially relevant, productive animals.
Jenny has an interest in sheep production principles, lamb marketing as well as youth engagement in Agriculture.
Jenny currently Chairs NSW Farmers Sheepmeat Committee plus the Innovation and Technology Working Group.
Mark InglisDIP FM Marcus OldhamJBS Farm Assurance and Supply Chain Manager
My background is a commercial one with experience in animal husbandry and animal production working on and managing a broad range of livestock orientated properties including cattle properties in Western Australia’s Kimberley, sheep properties both wool and meat in Victoria and establishing a 900 sow outdoor free range pig breeding operation.
Prior to joining JBS Australia I spent 6 years working for MLA/MSA with producers, stock agents, saleyards, feedlots and livestock buyers to gain a greater understanding of the pathways into both the cattle and sheep MSA programs.
Currently my role with JBS sees me managing both the lamb and beef farm assurance programs which link customers and consumers to supplying producers, overseeing the MSA component of the JBS Southern business, lamb, beef, coordinating and implementing R + D programs specific to JBS lamb, beef and running producer educational programs across both the beef and lamb supply chains.
My passion is livestock whether that be on farm production, marketing, animal welfare, processing, industry issues, consumer awareness with an end goal of creating value chains substantiating claims and guarantees to consumers.
I am based out of Victoria where I live 30 kms west of Geelong but cover all states and areas where JBS operate.
A graduate of Economics and Education Matt has had a keen interest in markets of all sorts from an early age. After more than a decade working in foreign exchange markets in Melbourne and London Matt spent time teaching VCE Economics and Special Needs Education. Making the transition into agricultural market analysis was an exciting opportunity, enabling Matt to use his data analysis and forecasting skills to provide commentary and strategic advice to the agricultural industry, particularly within the livestock sector. Matt has become a prominent agricultural market analyst, often quoted in the agricultural press and sought after for his independent, data driven assessment of agricultural markets.
Victorian Farmers Federation Member
Celia runs a 4000 hd composite ewe flock in South West Victoria with her partner. She is a VFF livestock councillor, Victorian SGCAC committee member and previously held a position on the RDA policy committee with SPA. Within her own farming business, they aim to implement industry leading technologies for best practice farm production. Pain relief at marking, genetic measurement and monitoring through RFID in sheep and precision feeding are a few of the tools utilised to make their farm business a success. She wants to continue to see strong, well-informed policies developed that help to guide, assist and drive our sheep industry in the future.
Nigel Gosse is dedicated to championing and contributing to the prosperity of Australia’s rural and regional sector. Hailing from South Australia’s Mid North, Nigel brings in-depth experience across many sectors along the supply chain, including on-farm production, international market access and marketing, and agricultural technology. He also has a strong background in communications, industry affairs, developing and delivering strategy, and media having held senior positions with the former Rural Press Ltd, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
Nigel has completed the Company Directors course (Australian Institute of Company Directors, AICD); an Associate Diploma in Farm Management (University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus); an International Business Certificate (Australian Institute of Export) and a Master of Arts in Communications (Swinburne University of Technology).
AgForce Queensland Member
I am a 5th generation farmer in the Quilpie district.
Own 73,000ha Bunginderry station with my wife Annabel and 5 children.
Run approximately 12000 merino sheep, 10,000 goats and 200 cattle.
I have multiple roles in the sheep industry including Agforce sheep and wool president, a board member of Woolproducers, member of ministerial advisory group for animal welfare, Land protection Council.
I have been an important part of the allowing of fodder harvesting in QLD, The structure and role out of wild dog policy in QLD, the building and funding of Exclusion fencing and many others.
Western Australian Farmers Federation Member
David Slade and his family operate a 6000ha cropping, sheep and cattle property in the southwest of WA in the 550mm rainfall zone. The sheep enterprise is focused on meat production using New Zealand Greeline maternal genetics to produce around 11,000 – 12,000 lambs annually, achieving lambing percentages of 140 – 150%.
The Slade’s Glenridge Park business has focussed on efficiency and innovation and is currently trialling a range of livestock technology as a demonstration site for the Smart Farming (Pasture and Cropping) project.
David is a strong advocate for agriculture and keen to continue to promote the involvement of young people in the industry.
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