Subtropical Dairy Operations Team
Brad Granzin – Executive Officer
Regional Manager Dairy Australia Regional Development Program
PO Box 4126, Goonellabah NSW 2480
Mob: 0431 197 479Fax: 02 6678 0474
Specialising in subtropical environments, Brad’s has established his scientific career in applied dairy herd nutrition, and the development and extension of whole dairy farm systems. He has broadened his expertise in dairy supply management both pre and post farm gate and is experienced in senior business, organisation and project management.
Appointed to his role in 2014, Brad is enthusiastic about the northern dairy industry and driving Subtropical Dairy to become a quality provider of services and information to the industry.
Belinda Haddow – Regional Extension Co-ordinator SEQ
Mob: 0423 003 638
Belinda has been working in the dairy industry in Queensland since 1995, following her studies in Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland. She worked for 10 years in a farm liaison-extension role with the Dept Primary Industries and Dairy Farmers. During that time she lived in Toowoomba and spent most of her time working with farmers on the Darling Downs and the South Burnett.
In her more recent roles, Belinda has worked with farmers in the Young Dairy Network and on industry projects and natural disaster response teams. Over the years Belinda has enjoyed working with dairy farmers and in their businesses and has built good working relationships with farmers and some great friendships. Belinda and her husband, Mark, have 3 children and live in Highfields near Toowoomba.
Alicia Richters – Regional Extension Co-ordinator Northern NSW
Young Dairy Network Regional Co-ordinator, SE Qld, Darling Downs and FNQ NSW
Mob: 0427 916 650
Alicia comes from a family dairy farming background with her Uncle and Aunt still running the farm on the south coast of NSW. She completed a Bachelor of Systems Agriculture at University of Western Sydney in 2007 focusing on dairy and marketing. She has been involved with showing and judging cattle and loves getting involved on the farm be it milking or other farm work.
She returns to the dairy industry after spending the last 6 years working primarily in the cotton industry focusing on operational process improvement, stewardship and product training programs with the regional field team, distributors and farmers.
Kylie Dennis – Regional Extension Co-ordinator
Young Dairy Network Coordinator, Sunshine Coast Qld
Mob: 0456 191 965
Kylie began working in the dairy industry in 2004 when she commenced employment with the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) as an Executive Assistant. Kylie joined the Subtropical Dairy team in January 2017 as an Extension Co-ordinator.
Kylie has vast experience in event management, business administration, communication platforms and supporting farmers during disasters. She is very passionate about the dairy industry. Kylie lives in Brisbane with her three children.
Jo Shorj – Regional Extension Co-ordinator, Far North Qld
Mob: 0458 065 695
Joanna was raised on Arthy Brothers dairy farm located south of Beaudesert and was involved in milking, mustering, herd management and record keeping. After completing high school, Joanna completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland and moved to Mareeba in north Queensland for employment with DAFQ.
Her role at this time was in plant pathology specialising in bacteriology and she was involved in a number of research projects involving field crops and horticulture crops. Not long after this Joanna became the project manager for a RIRDC funded cut flower and foliage project before resigning from DAFQ prior to the birth of her first child in 2006. In 2006, Joanna also completed a Masters of Agribusiness from the University of Queensland.
Joanna returned to the dairy industry in 2017 where she now works as the Subtropical Dairy Regional Extension Coordinator for FNQ and as Industry Development Officer for the Dairying Better n’ Better program. Joanna thoroughly enjoys working in the dairy industry and is passionate about its future.
Vivienne McCollum – Project Manager
Mob: 0428 718 620
Since graduating from the University of New England with a degree in Rural Science, Viv has worked in both the Cotton and Dairy industry. With a background in sales/marketing, business management, precision agriculture and natural resource management she commenced her role as program manager of the Young Dairy Network in 2009. During this time Viv worked with young dairy farmers, the coordinating team and stakeholders of the YDN to grow and continue the development of the network.
Viv now works as Project Manager with Subtropical Dairy including coordinating the regional Focus Farm project. Viv and her husband Doug have 2 children and live at Hampton North of Toowoomba.
Di Gresham – Dairyinfo.biz Project Manager
Mob: 0428 835 450
Di first developed Dairyinfo.biz in 2006 as part of her award winning project in the RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year awards and continues to manage the site on behalf of Subtropical Dairy.
Experienced in facilitation and project management, Di remains passionate about the dairy industry and enjoys delivering programs that have positive outcomes for farmers. Di resides with her family on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.