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
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
Marina grew up on a dairy farm at Tongala, Victoria. She now resides on the beautiful Kangaroo Island, working alongside husband Brett as they run 10,000 Merinos on his 3rd generation family farm. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) at Adelaide Uni in 2006, then followed this up with a Master’s in Professional Accounting in 2014 with Uni SA. She was employed with Rabobank in Mount Gambier for 3 years and as an accountant on KI for 7 years, before taking leave to start a family and take up a full-time role in the farm operations. The Gregor’s aim to produce 18-micron wool, and first cross lambs for the store market. They aim to run a profitable, sustainable business that optimises production in their high rainfall climate. Marina is involved in numerous local community committees as treasurer of the Parndana Netball Club and Parndana Show Society. She is also a new member of the Parndana CFS, after gaining some extensive hands on experience in the 2020 summer fires on KI.
Contact Marina on 0400 725 553 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
Robert is a dairy farmer from Mount Compass and former member of the South Australian Parliament. He represented the Family First Party from 2008 to 2017 and the Australian Conservatives party in 2017. He was also involved in the Liberal Party prior to this. He has a lifelong passion for agriculture and 23 years in Parliament and as a Minister of the Crown to support livestock advocacy. He wants to focus on serving members to ensure it becomes easier to run livestock businesses and achieve sustainable best returns at farm gate.
Contact Robert on 0419 815 990 and email
Richard manages his mixed farming family enterprise with prime lambs, self-replacing ewes, cattle and cropping near Millicent in the South East of SA. He worked in the wool industry as a shearer for a decade, shearing throughout Australia and representing the Australian shearing team in New Zealand. He was also a shearing instructor with TAFE SA and continues to support young shearers and wool handlers holding shearing schools on his property for the last three years. He has previously been an executive member of McKillop Farm Management Group and through this group has undertaken a range of R&D trials on his property. He actively promotes R&D throughout the local area including quality assurance programs, low stress stock handling and Lifetime Ewe program. He is currently a member of Millicent Ag Bureau and his local CFS brigade. He also regularly mentors, supports and offers guidance to young and upcoming farmers. He is passionate about improving farming and livestock practices.
Contact Richard on 0428 343 690 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