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QG_LandscapeDAF Staff

DAF Staff and Facilities

Dave Barber

Dairy Team Leader and Principal Scientist, PhD

Email:  david.barber@daf.qld.gov.au

Professional Experience

Dave has been actively involved in nutrition and milk composition research and extension in Queensland and northern NSW for the past 16 years.

Dave has specialised skills in nutritional management, diet formulation, nutritional requirements of dairy cows, mixed ration feeding systems and feedpad infrastructure.

Amy Anstis


Research Scientist, B Agr Sc (Hon)

Email: amy.anstis@daf.qld.gov.au

Professional Experience

Amy has more than 8 years experience in research and extension particularly within the nutritional management field. She is the dairy team leader, project leader for the C4 Milk and enjoys getting out and about talking to farmers when she can.

She also leads the Pop Sorghum project which is looking at improving the starch availability of sorghum grain to dairy cows.

Marcelo Benvenutti

Research Scientist, PhD Animal Husbandry, M Science Ruminant Nutrition

Email: marcelo.benvenutti@daf.qld.gov.au

Professional Experience

Marcelo has 20 years of research experience in Australia and Argentina.

During the past decade, Marcelo has primarily worked on the nutrition of cattle grazing the rangelands of Northern Australia and Argentina; with a particular emphasis on plant-animal interaction, grazing behaviour, pasture utilization, methane emissions and grazing management of these production system.

Mark Bauer

Dairy Feedbase Development Officer, B.App.Sc(Rural Technology)

Email: mark.bauer@daf.qld.gov.au

Professional Experience

Mark has been involved in a range of agricultural industries, especially intensive production systems, for the last 25 years.

Mark’s areas of interest are farm risk and business management, cow comfort, housing and adaption, feed base development, improvement and implementation at the farm level and differential feeding systems.

Johanna Gorman

Development Officer, B Agri Sci

Email: johanna.gorman@daf.qld.gov.au

Professional Experience

Jo has been working within the Queensland dairy industry since 2010 with roles in the Department and with Dairy Australia.

Jo currently works on the C4 milk project and is heavily involved in managing demonstration sites. Jo also has a keen interest in rural mental health issues and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Ray Murphy

Ray Murphy

Senior Extension Officer –  Dairy Farm Business Management, M Rural Systems Management, B.Ag.Ec.(Hons)

Email: ray.murphy@daf.qld.gov.au

Professional Experience

Ray has extensive knowledge and experience in farm business management stemming from more than 25 years work in dairy and broad acre agriculture.

Ray has trained hundreds of farmers in computer based farm analysis and has undertaken many farm financial reviews.  He leads QDAS which provides a financial analysis service to around 15% of Queensland dairy farms and produces an annual report into the financial performance of the Queensland dairy industry.

Ross Warren

Ross Warren

Senior Extension Officer, B Agr Sc (Hon)

Email: ross.warren@daf.qld.gov.au

Professional Experience

Ross is a Dairy Extension officer in the areas of forage and irrigation.  Ross has been involved in all facets of dairy research and extension in Qld and northern NSW for the past 15 years.

He is currently the project leader of the Dairy Fodder Water for Profit project aiming to improve water use efficiency across the State. He is also involved in the Dairy in Action and C4Milk research projects.

Wendy Wallen

Wendy Wallen

Operational Officer

Email: wendy.wallen@daf.qld.gov.au

Professional Experience

Wendy has been part of the dairy team for more than 5 years, at first providing administrative support and as an operational officer.  Wendy provides operational support to the tropical grass trials, popped sorghum experiments, animal experiments and other activities dairy activities.