2022 DRF Symposium Speakers

April Browne
TBA
Cameron Clark
Cameron is an Associate Professor of Livestock Production and Welfare at The University of Sydney, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, leads the Animal Agriculture Theme for the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and the Livestock Production and Welfare Group, and is a member of the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, China Studies Centre, and The Charles Perkins Centre.  Cameron has strong, Australia wide industry partnerships from pastoralists and dairy farmers to pastoral companies and processors. This supply chain linkage ensures that Cameron’s research is embedded within industry need and has outstanding industry impact.
Chloe Wilson
Chloe Wilson is an Animal and Vet Bioscience graduate from the University of Sydney, majoring in Animal Production. She has previously worked in animal health with NSW DPI at the Elizabeth MacArthur Agricultural Institute and as a Animal Health and Welfare Stockperson on a large scale feedlot running 28,000 head of cattle. Now based in the Bega Valley, Chloe is part of the Dairy Up team at Sydney University, collecting data for P1 and P2 projects as well as a milking hand on a casual basis.
Colin Thompson
Colin Thompson’s career began on a family farm at Narooma on the far south coast of NSW.  In 2000 the whole family relocated to Cowra, in the central west of NSW and for the next 19 years the family developed a 300 cow dairy negotiating their way through droughts, floods, low milk prices and a planning regulation minefield. Today they milk 320 Holstein cows in a modern dairy facility, with all of their herd and young stock housed in free-stall barns. They farm irrigated lucerne, corn and cereals, supplying all of their forage and some grain for the dairy and additionally growing commercial lucerne to supply a local chaff mill.
Simon, Darlene & Ben Scowan
Simon grew up in Sydney and went to Hawkesbury Ag College before moving to Bega to start his dairy career 30 years ago. His best decision was marrying the local vet nurse, Darlene and together they have experienced the highs and lows of dairying together. This has included dairying in the Bega Valley, share-farming in Northern Victoria, consulting as a nutritionist with Best-Fed, equity partnership at Mount Gambier, and now managing “Bungay” a beautiful farm in the Manning Valley for the last 6 years assisted by their 28yo son, Ben.
Elizabeth Holroyd
TBA
Ian Lean
Ian’s general interests are in improving the profitability of ruminant production. He is Managing Director of Scibus, a company that conducts research and consults to dairy and beef producers, within and outside of Australia and an adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney. He is a Past President of the Cattle Vets, Cattle Chapter of the Australian College and a recipient of the Gilruth Medal, the Australian Dairy Science Award and the prestigious American Feed Industry Association Award for excellence in published research. Ian has extensively published on the interactions of nutrition with production, reproduction and health and has been a key researcher in developing the use of meta-analysis in veterinary and animal science. Since 1990, Ian has also been active in discussing the implications of increasing population on food availability and the roles of technology and activism in addressing these. He has a deep knowledge of factors influencing farm profit from a
Jane Sherborne
Jane Sherborne is a 7th generational dairy farmer, from an international dairy farming background. Jane with her family, husband Grant and 3 children Georgia, William and Samuel, dairy farm in the beautiful Southern Highlands. Just a short drive south of Sydney.  The Sherborne family milk 350 Holstein and Guernsey cattle, rearing all calves male and females, ensuring that they can meet their mature production potential. Operating a double feed pad and a 20 aside swing over dairy, a PMR feeding program, year around calving, ryegrass pasture based grazing and optimise calf health and growth with a fully housed calf facility.  Jane believes that working with nature, recognising, and respecting the natural resources on farm is important to be sustainable and prosperous.  With increasing urban pressures, Jane believes that dairy farming needs to be seen and recognised as an important and valuable part of the community, inviting curiosity, interest, and collaboration.
Josh Hack
TBA
Karen Romano
Karen Romano, a National Lead – Feeding and Farm Systems with Dairy Australia since 2020, is responsible for providing in-depth technical leadership around intensification of dairy farm systems incorporating feeding and/or housing infrastructure. Since her appointment, Karen has formed collaborative partnerships with both domestic and international stakeholders to build resources that assist dairy farmers and their advisers to make informed infrastructure decisions. Karen is passionate about the dairy industry and has significant dairy industry experience with a career spanning 30 years working in agriculture.
Maddison Peace
Maddison Pearce is a current PhD Candidate working with Dairy UP and The University of Sydney, investigating improving welfare and production of dairy cattle using sensor-derived data, particularly in the dry cow/transition period. Following graduating from a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience with first class Honours in 2019, she undertook a 9-month dairy internship at the Agricultural Research Institute in Cyprus. Upon returning, she took up the role of Herd Health and Maternity Technician at Moxey Farms in Gooloogong, NSW. Maddison has since been promoted to Barn Supervisor and commenced her postgraduate studies. Balancing her passion for dairy research and barn management is an enjoyable challenge when surrounded by 10,000 or so cows.
Martin Correa Luna
Maddison Pearce is a current PhD Candidate working with Dairy UP and The University of Sydney, investigating improving welfare and production of dairy cattle using sensor-derived data, particularly in the dry cow/transition period. Following graduating from a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience with first class Honours in 2019, she undertook a 9-month dairy internship at the Agricultural Research Institute in Cyprus. Upon returning, she took up the role of Herd Health and Maternity Technician at Moxey Farms in Gooloogong, NSW. Maddison has since been promoted to Barn Supervisor and commenced her postgraduate studies. Balancing her passion for dairy research and barn management is an enjoyable challenge when surrounded by 10,000 or so cows
Neil Moss
Neil is a director and senior consultant with Scibus, a leading veterinary consultancy and research organization based in Camden, NSW. He has been associated with the dairy industry since graduating from the University of Sydney in 1993. Neil worked for 2 years in mixed practice followed by a clinical and teaching position at the University of Sydney at Camden between 1996 and 2000 where he completed his PhD. He currently has primary responsibility for providing consultancy services to over 50 dairy and beef businesses ranging in size from 80 to 1600 cows and has worked with over 120 dairy businesses in nearly all Australian dairy regions. He also provides a range of advisory and training services to government and industry bodies.  Neil has recently been heavily involved in supporting the dairy industry in liaison and one on one support roles with impacted farmers during both the 2020 bushfire disaster in the south-east and more recently with the flooding events in the 2021 and 2022 Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers. Working with dairy farmers as a trusted adviser in all systems from dryland and irrigated pasture based through to fully housed TMR systems, Neil has recently been honoured by receiving the Australian Farmer of the Year – Rural Consultant of the Year Award for 2020-2021.
Niall Blair
The Hon. Niall Blair is the Independent Chair of the Dairy Up Steering Advisory Committee (SAB) with more than twenty years’ experience across government and private sectors, specialising in risk management, agribusiness and sustainability. Niall is also Chairman and Non-Executive Director for the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust and in 2020, he was appointed as the Victorian Fire Services Reform Implementation Monitor. He is Professor of Food Sustainability and Co-Chair of the NSW Circular Economy Research Taskforce. He is also the Chairman of Elf Farm Supplies Pty Ltd and Non-Executive Director of White Prince Mushrooms Pty Ltd. Prior to these roles, Mr Blair served as a senior member of the NSW Parliament for nine years, most of them as NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Water, Lands, Trade and Industry and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.
Sam Nicholson
Sam is a 2nd generation dairy farmer located on Jones Island in the Manning Valley. Sam, alongside his Wife Rachel and parents Geoff and Megan purchased the farm 6 years ago and have continued to grow the business despite record droughts, floods and a traumatic farm injury. The family milk 200 cows with a year round calving system with the majority of feed coming from home grown pasture. In 2016 Sam was involved in a freak farm accident involving 2 tractors and was flown to John Hunter hospital where he spent 3 weeks in the trauma ward and several weeks in a wheel chair. Sam will be speaking on a panel at the DRF sharing how this experience has helped him get through some challenging times on the farm.
Scott Briggs
Scott has a strong passion for driving success in the dairy industry in Australia.  Over the last 20 years Scott has worked across a number of roles in global agricultural markets, including time spent in Europe, the USA, Latin America and Australia.  He has spent the last 10 years working closely with Australian and global dairy market participants, giving him unique insights into the commercial and strategic issues being faced by industry participants across the value chain.  Scott is keenly focussed on the evolution of price transparency and risk management in the dairy industry, as he believes it provides a competitive advantage to those who innovate first in this area
Sheena Carter
As a Development Officer with the NSW DPI Dairy team, Sheena leads the Dairy Business Advisory Unit which aims to help farmers understand and manage their businesses to ensure profitability and manage volatility and risk. Activities and projects that are instrumental in this area are the NSW Dairy Farm Monitor Project, a podcast (The Business of Dairy) launched on World Milk Day 2021, in which Sheena speaks to farmers and service providers about aspects of farm management that impact on business performance, the monthly Dairy Business Report compiled in partnership with Tocal Dairy and leading the DairyUP project P3: Economics of Intensive Systems. This project is investigating the economic and social aspects (why transition, challenges etc) of intensification in the NSW environment.
Tim Jude
Tim Jude leads the StoneX Livestock desk and is building out the protein risk management offering in Australia.  Tim previously worked at Fulton Market Group, where he was responsible for Beef procurement across Australian and New Zealand Domestic markets, as well as exports to Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, UAE, Philippines, and the US. Prior to FMG, Tim worked at GrainCorp and Allied Pinnacle in the Grain and Flour industries. He has 10 years of experience in commodity procurement, hedging and risk management, including providing advice to multinational food processors and manufacturers.
Trevor Middlebrook
Trevor Middlebrook dairies at Gloucestor with his wife, Kelly and adult children Olivia and Thomas, milking 500 cows year round. Like all east coast dairy farmers, they’ve faced record-breaking drought, very low commodity prices, very high fodder and grain prices and $1/L milk at supermarkets in recent years.They’ve came through these challenges with a stronger, expanded business with year’s production expected to exceed 4.75 million litres. Trevor is also heavily involved in industry organisations, including past or present positions on the boards of Dairy NSW and DFMC.
Yani Garcia
Professor Sergio Garcia (Yani) is an internationally recognised leader in the field of production systems, dairy production from pasture, forage utilisation and the integration of pasture and crops for dairying; and automation in dairying. From a family background of beef and cropping production in Argentina, he has developed his career around dairy production systems in New Zealand and Australia, leading large national projects like FutureDairy and the Dairy Research Foundation at Sydney University. Yani is passionate about the never-ending journey of production efficiency on farming systems and the application of technology and automation in progressive dairy farms.


2022 Emerging Scientists

David Sheedy
TAB
Emily Dickson
TBA
Francisco Segundo
TBA
Juan Gargiulo
TBA
Milad Bagheri Shirvan
TBA
Sandra Ospina-Rios
TBA
Sarah Legge
TBA
Sarah Mac
TBA