Subtropical Dairy Board
The nine person Subtropical Dairy Board currently comprises of five farmers (one of whom must be chair) and four persons with complementary business skills. The board appointments are for a three year term. The AGM is conducted in October/ November of each year.
The 2017 – 2018 Board:
Paul Roderick, Farmer Director – Chairman
Luke Stock, Farmer Director – Vice-Chairman
Paul Weir, Farmer Director
Rachael Parkes, Farmer Director
She is also the Owner/Manager of Hill View Dairy at Beaudesert Qld, operating five DeLaval robots.
Rachael is a member of the Darling Downs/Burnett Regional Group and the local regional economic development group.
Katrina Sinclair – Independent Director
Ian Hollindale – Independent Director
Gold Coast QLD
Jo Davey, Independent Director
Bill Tranter, Independent Director
Matt Trace, Farmer Director
Moy Pocket QLD
He is currently the Chair of the Upper Mary River Water Advisory Committee, a State Councillor for the QDO, and a Director for Premium Milk.
Additionally, Matt is a member of the Sunshine Coast Regional Group for Subtropical Dairy , a member of the Dairy Levy Advisory Committee and Chair of the Gympie branch of the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation..
The size and spread of the Subtropical Dairy area has led to the establishment of the Regional Groups. Each group can focus on issues specific to their own region and farming systems.
There are active groups in the Darling Downs/Burnett, South East Queensland, Central Queensland, Far North Queensland, Far North Coast of NSW and the Mid North Coast of NSW.
|Far North Qld||Bill Tranter||Chairemail@example.com|
|Jo Srhoj||Secretary||0458 065 695|
|Central Qld||Charlie Ernst||Contact||Charlie.Ernst@parmalat.com.au|
|South East Qld||Luke Stock||Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Belinda Haddow||Secretary||0423 003 638|
|Darling Downs||Kylie Wiecks||Chairemail@example.com|
|Belinda Haddow||Secretary||0423 003 638|
|Far North Coast NSW||Terry Toohey||Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mid North Coast NSW||Ernie Bake||Chair|
Read more about Subtropical Dairy’s Small Grants Program here
Management and Operations Team
PO Box 4126, Goonellabah NSW 2480
Mob: 0431 197 479 Fax: 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.
Regional Extension Co-ordinator SEQ
Young Dairy Network SE Qld
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.
Regional Extension Co-ordinator
Young Dairy Network 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. She left QDO late last year and joined the Subtropical Dairy team in January this year 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.
Regional Extension Co-ordinator Northern NSW
Young Dairy Network Regional Co-ordinator SE Qld, Darling Downs and Far North Coast NSW
Mob: 0427 916 650
Alicia comes from a family dairy farming background with her Uncle and Aunty 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.
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.
Subtropical Dairy, 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 has worked with young dairy farmers, the coordinating team and stakeholders of the YDN to grow and continue the development of the network. Viv and her husband Doug have 2 children and live at Hampton North of Toowoomba.
Dairyinfo.biz Project Manager
Email: email@example.com 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 farms with her family on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.