Livestock SA Board
Joe is a partner in Keyneton Station, a family farming business, operating at Keyneton and in the South East, principally grazing Merino sheep, Angus cattle and first-cross lambs. Joe has had a long involvement in regional and state organisations including the Natural Resources Management Council and the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board. He has also been a member of LambEx 2014 Committee and the Cattle Council of Australia Research, Development, Extension and Sustainability Sub-Committee. He believes a strong Livestock SA is needed to advocate to government and industry for future policy development and investment in programs that support agriculture. Joe is currently the South Australian representative on WoolProoducers Australia. He is also Chair of the PPSA Natural Resources Committee.
Contact Joe on 0428 648 235 and email
Penny runs a sheep and beef operation in the Upper South East district of Field with her husband Jason and mother-in-law Joanne, producing first-cross lambs and operating a beef seedstock operation, Raven Limousin and Limflex. Penny works off-farm managing projects and delivering workshops for the sheep, beef and dairy industries and casual university teaching in animal genetics and business management. Penny is the 2014 South Australian RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year and is a board director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation. She has been a member of the SA Angus Committee and Australian Angus Youth Management Committee.
Contact Penny on 0417 853 094 and email
Gillian Fennell was born and bred in North West Queensland, before moving to SA almost 15 years ago with her husband and his family when they sold their Qld holdings and purchased Lambina Station – a million acre rangelands cattle station in the Far North of SA, where they run a herd of Charbray breeders. Gillian is President of the Remote & Isolated Children’s Exercise and is also currently the SA Representative for Australian Women in Agriculture, a non-profit incorporated organisation established in 1994. It is Australia’s peak organisation for women across all areas of agriculture. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Contact Gillian on 08 8670 1071 and email
Allan is a third generation primary producer from Moorlands in the Murray Mallee. He and his family farm 2300 hectares producing grain, prime lambs and rams for the prime lamb industry. He has been involved in the South Australian red meat industry for 35 years and has built an extensive network of contacts. He is chairman of the SA Sheep Industry Blueprint, and initiative of Livestock SA and the SA Sheep Advisory Group. Allan chaired the successful LambEx 2014 conference organising committee, which was held in Adelaide, and is currently a member of the SA Sheep Advisory Group and Royal Adelaide Show Executive Councillor.
Contact Allan on 0407 580 925 and email
Bill operates Lake Hamilton Station at Sheringa, near Elliston, on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula, with wife Jenny, father Bill, long-term worker Sam and three daughters. They run about 5000 Merinos, plus weaners and lambs over about 18,000 hectares, including 7000ha of native vegetation. The focus is on wool production and excess stock are fattened at a block at Lock and then sold. They also crop about 300 hectares to wheat and oats. Bill is passionate about ensuring the voices of Eyre Peninsula farmers are heard in management and policy development in Livestock SA and believes the new look agro-political structure in SA is long overdue and the way forward for the industry.
Contact Bill on 0428 890 618 and email
Jamie grew up on his family’s 880 hectare sheep farm, Ella Matta, on Kangaroo Island. He completed a university degree in International Business and Marketing at the University of South Australia, followed by three years working at South Australia’s biggest meat processor Thomas Foods International, in the meat export and livestock departments. Since then he has re-joined the family farm full time and hopes to remain there indefinitely. In late 2014 he was a Youth Ambassador with the Sheep Meat Council of Australia, and attended the 2015 and 2016 American Sheep Industry Conference in the United States.
Contact Jamie on 0427 361 830 and email
Samantha grew up on her family’s wheat and wool property, east of the Barossa ranges. Her passion for agriculture was formed there, and while she enjoys and maintains active involvement in operations, it has been within Agency where that passion has been fostered and encouraged to grow. Currently employed by Elders, as the e-commerce coordinator in the National Livestock team, she focuses on developing and delivering digital solutions that connect producers to their markets and enable agents to be relevant and responsive through technology adaption. She has a particular interest in data, predictive analytics and machine learning, and the opportunities that lie ahead for this technology in the livestock sector. She enjoys participation in a number of industry bodies, including the SA Sheep Expo and SA Agricultural Bureau, and has been the recipient of scholarships including AWI Breeding Leadership, Angus Australia Kansas State University and WPA Raising the Baa – Australian Institute of Company course.
Contact Samantha on 0457 928 995 and email
Livestock producer Mark Dennis’ family has farmed at Koppio on the Lower Eyre Peninsula since 1965. Today the family runs 2500 ewes for wool, prime lambs and stud sheep, 40 breeder cattle and crop wheat, canola and lupins. Mark was a member of the former SA Farmers Federation organisation, serving on their Nature Resources Committee for 10 years. He has also been on the Advisory Board of Agriculture for eight years, including serving as Chairperson for three years, which included being Chairperson of the Agriculture Bureau of SA.
Contact Mark on 0428 844 250 and email
Richard is a beef and fat lamb producer from Murray Bridge. He is the current Vice Chairperson of the South Australian Murray Irrigators Association, a member of the National Irrigation Council, a Member of the Murraylands Drought Reference Committee and a service provider and consultant in the Mallee and Murraylands region. He formerly served as a Chairperson of the SA Government Irrigation Advisory Board Lower Murray Reclaimed Floodplain, Chairperson of Lower Murray Operations and Chairperson of the Lower Murray Irrigation Association. He also served on groups including the Drought Proofing the City of Murray Bridge Committee, the Premier’s Community Leaders Reference Group, which provided direct input to the Premier to assist the South Australian Government’s response to the proposed Murray Darling Basin Plan and as a former member of the Millennium Drought Reference Committee.
Contact Richard on 08 8532 6116 and email
Glen is a fifth-generation farmer and has been fulltime farming since 1974. His property is in the Tarlee-Kapunda district and has run a mix of cereal cropping, prime lambs, self-replacing Merinos and a couple of periods of vealer production. In recent years, properties at Mosquito Hill and Willow Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula have been purchased and vealer production and cattle trading have resumed. Over the past 25 years he has had a strong interest in the livestock industry, particularly the sheep industry. During this time, he chaired the following groups: the Lower North Lamb Group; Milk-Fed Lamb Group; SA Lamb Development Team and the Producer Advisory Panel of SheepConnect SA. This involvement has given him a great understanding of the whole supply chain from the producer to the consumer and the issues facing each sector within the chain. The groups that he has been involved in have highlighted the importance of the extension programs. It is critical that industry bodies provide producers with the tools and training support to improve their business and management skills. It is an issue that he has always campaigned for. On a personal note he has had a long involvement in country tennis and have chaired two tennis associations and is a life member of the Tarlee Tennis Club. Fishing trips with his children are greatly enjoyed and travelling with his wife Jayne are experiences that they both get much pleasure from.
Contact Glen on 0409 140 592 and email
Ex-officio Board Members
Brad Bateman operates a prime lamb and beef operation at Millicent. Lambs are produced for the export market and beef is grown to target the EU and Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System markets. Brad studied a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Adelaide and graduated in 2005. After university Brad worked for a private consulting firm located in the South East before moving back to the family farm. Brad’s other roles include being a member of the South Australian Sheep Advisory Group, a member of the Box Flat Dingo Control committee and member of the South Australian Agriculture Bureau.
Contact Brad on 0408 848 002 and email
Peter ran a mixed farming operation near Peake with wife Renate. He completed an apprenticeship and worked as a mechanic for seven years before returning to the family farm in 1977 and since then, he has been a full-time farmer producing mainly grain and wool. Goats were introduced to the farm 25 years ago and Peter ran a herd of 160 breeding does mated to Boer bucks. Kids were sold to the domestic market. Peter has been involved in goat industry committees including the Australian Cashmere Growers Association SA Region and the former SA Farmers Federation goat and livestock committees. He currently represents Livestock SA on the Goat Industry Council of Australia, holding the position of treasurer.
Contact Peter on 0427 743 026 and email