FutureBeef Queensland contacts

Our team includes more than 30 highly trained and experienced professional, technical and field staff, based throughout the state in all major beef producing areas.

Our strong working relationships with producers, processors and industry groups ensure that our activities are focused on developing workable solutions to real industry problems.

Find out more about the FutureBeef staff in your area:

Far North Queensland

Bernie English, Senior Extension Officer (Beef)Bernie English, FutureBeef Senior Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mareeba, Queensland

Expertise: Native, improved and irrigated pasture systems, silage production and tropical pasture seed production, breeder herd management, cattle nutrition and supplementation including feedlot and molasses production feeding, cattle marketing, MSA technology, economic analysis of beef business performance, rangeland monitoring, property planning and use of fire in the rangelands.

Location: Mareeba

Region: Northern Gulf, Upper Herbert, Upper Burdekin, Atherton Tablelands and Cape York.

T: 07 4048 4880 M: 0427 146 063 E: bernie.english@daf.qld.gov.au


Rebecca Gunther, Extension Officer (Beef)Rebecca Gunther, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Cloncurry, Queensland

Expertise: Extensive beef production systems; management of native rangelands; cattle nutrition and supplementation including dry and wet season lick rations, molasses mixes and heifer and weaner management; breeder herd management; livestock marketing; property layout and infrastructure planning; and communicating latest information/technology to the beef industry.

Location: Cloncurry

Region: Northern Gulf, Southern Gulf, Western Burdekin

T: 07 4742 1311 M: 0417 726 703 E: rebecca.gunther@daf.qld.gov.au


Emma Black, Extension Officer (Beef)Emma Hegarty, Extension Officer (Beef), DAF

Expertise: Extensive beef production in north Queensland, cattle nutrition and supplementation, and grazing practices.

Location: Cloncurry

Region: North West Queensland

T: 07 4742 1311 M: 0467 808 340 E: emma.black@daf.qld.gov.au


Alan Laing, Senior Extension Officer (Beef)Alan Laing, FutureBeef Senior Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ayr, Queensland

Expertise: beef nutrition and supplements; improving beef production and economics using genetics; understanding genetics including BREEDPLAN; breeder herd management; artificial breeding; herd modelling; targeting MSA markets; irrigated pastures for beef in North Queensland, and Northern Muster newsletter editor.

Location: Ayr Research Station

Region: North Queensland

T: 07 4763 0715 M: 0417 006 318 E: alan.laing@daf.qld.gov.au


Joe Rolfe, Principal Extension Officer (Beef)Joe Rolfe, FutureBeef Principal Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mareeba, Queensland

Expertise: Beef production systems, herd nutrition, meat science, rangeland ecology, native pastures, grazing management systems, soil conservation, rangeland monitoring, property layout and infrastructure, management of fire in the rangelands, succession planning and rural family communication.

Location: Mareeba

Region: Cape York, Northern Gulf, Upper Herbert, Upper Burdekin and Atherton Tablelands.

T: 07 4048 4882 M: 0427 378 412 E: joe.rolfe@daf.qld.gov.au


North Queensland

Kate Brown, Ag Reef Protection OfficerKate Brown, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Townsville, Queensland

Expertise: Grazing land management, property mapping and communicating the latest information/technology to the beef industry.

Location: Townsville

Region: North Queensland

T: 07 3330 4510 M: 0457 520 457 E: kate.brown@daf.qld.gov.au


Mellissa Holzwart, Extension Officer (Beef)Mellissa Holzwart, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Charters Towers, Queensland

Expertise: Nutrition, parasites, cattle tick eradication programs, disease investigation and surveillance, NLIS compliance, CashCow data collection.

Location: Charters Towers

Region: North Queensland

T: 07 4761 5193 M: 0477 755 243 E: mellissa.holzwart@daf.qld.gov.au


Karl McKellar, Senior Extension Officer (Beef)Karl McKellar, FutureBeef Senior Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Charters Towers, Queensland

Expertise: Assisting beef businesses adopt and integrate new technologies in grazing land management and beef production systems. Assisting North Queensland beef producers integrate the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and Meat Standards Australia (MSA).

Location: Charters Towers

Region: North Queensland

T: 07 4761 5153 M: 0418 189 920 E: karl.mckellar@daf.qld.gov.au


Brigid Nelson, Principal Project OfficerBrigid Nelson, FutureBeef Principal Project Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Charters Towers, Queensland

Expertise: Beef production systems, grazing land management, extension methodology, monitoring and evaluation, working with groups to implement best practice, rangeland monitoring, reducing sediment from grazing lands, and project management and design.

Location: Charters Towers

Region: North Queensland

T: 07 4761 5158 M: 0477 316 057 E: brigid.nelson@daf.qld.gov.au


Holly ReidHolly Reid, Agricultural Economist

Location: Charters Towers

Region: North Queensland

T: 07 4761 5156 E: holly.reid@daf.qld.gov.au

 


Bob Shepherd, Principal Extension Officer (Beef)Bob Shepherd, FutureBeef Principal Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Charters Towers, Queensland

Expertise: The management of grazing lands using stocking rates, fire, sown pastures and fences/stock waters to improve land condition; woody weed management, reclamation of severely degraded land, preventing and repairing erosion on access tracks and other linear features on grazing properties; working with school students to lift the profile of the northern grazing industry and highlight career opportunities in agriculture; Rangeland Champion with Rangelands Australia (UQ Gatton) and working with industry/agency teams to address industry issues.

Location: Charters Towers

T: 07 4761 5170 M: 0467 802 430 E: bob.shepherd@daf.qld.gov.au


Dave Smith, Senior Extension Officer (Beef)Dave Smith, FutureBeef Senior Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Charters Towers, Queensland

Expertise: Near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) – a management tool for monitoring and managing beef nutrition. National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) – integrating electric identification into business performance monitoring. Pasture/land condition monitoring and its importance to beef businesses. Cattle performance monitoring and its importance to beef businesses. Dung beetles – their distribution management.

Location: Charters Towers

Region: North Queensland

T: 07 4761 5160 M: 0409 580 357 E: dave.smith@daf.qld.gov.au


Megan Willis, Extension Officer (Beef)Megan Willis, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Charters Towers, Queensland

Expertise: Grazing land management, land condition assessment, workshop facilitation and property mapping.

Location: Charters Towers

T: 07 4761 5192 M: 0467 801 777 E: megan.willis@daf.qld.gov.au


Central Queensland

Matt Brown, Extension Officer (Beef) – Grazing BMPMatt Brown, FutureBeef Extension Officer (Grazing BMP), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Rockhampton, Queensland

Expertise: Breeder herd management, grazing land management, property management and facilitation.

Location: Rockhampton

Region: Central Queensland

T: 07 4843 2611 M: 0428 104 248 E: matt.brown@daf.qld.gov.au


Byrony Daniels, Extension Officer (Beef)Byrony Daniels, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Emerald, Queensland

Expertise: Business and enterprise analysis, cattle nutrition, breeder management, facilitation, adult learning and grazing management.

Location: Emerald

Region: Central Queensland

T: 07 4991 0867 M: 0427 746 434 E: byrony.daniels@daf.qld.gov.au


Jim Fletcher, Extension Officer (Beef)Jim Fletcher, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mackay, Queensland

Expertise: Grazing land management, nutrition and breeder management.

Location: Mackay

Region: Mackay, Isaac, Suttor, Bowen, Collinsville and Mt Coolon.

T: 07 4967 0731 M: 0428 960 572 E: jim.fletcher@daf.qld.gov.au


Joanna Gangemi, Extension Officer (Beef) – Grazing BMPJo Gangemi, FutureBeef Extension Officer (Grazing BMP), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biloela, Queensland

Expertise: Education, facilitation and holistic business management for grazing enterprises.

Location: Biloela

Region: Central Queensland

T: 07 4808 6878 M: 0477 345 843 E: joanna.gangemi@daf.qld.gov.au


Kylie Hopkins, Technical Officer – Grazing BMP │ High Output ForagesKylie Hopkins, Technical Officer - Grazing BMP and High Output Forages, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Rockhampton

Location: Rockhampton

Region: Central Queensland

T: 07 4843 2615 M: 0467 726 349 E: kylie.hopkins@daf.qld.gov.au

 


Ken Murphy, Senior Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, RockkhamptonKen Murphy, Senior Extension Officer (Beef)

Expertise: Whole property management, animal nutrition and management, pasture management, dry season management including supplementation plans.

Location: Rockhampton

Region: Central Queensland

T: 07 4843 2637 M: 0419 658 412 E: ken.murphy@daf.qld.gov.au


Mick Sullivan, Principal Extension Officer (Beef)Mick Sullivan, FutureBeef Principal Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Rockhampton

Expertise: Breeder herd management, cattle nutrition, enterprise analysis and herd modelling, and grazing management.

Location: Rockhampton

Region: Central Queensland

T: 07 4843 2623 M: 0428 104 374 E: mick.sullivan@daf.qld.gov.au


Lauren Williams, Extension Officer (Beef)Lauren Williams, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mackay, Queensland

Expertise: Modern technologies, agribusiness management, animal behaviour and welfare.

Location: Mackay

Region: Mackay, Isaac, Suttor, Bowen, Collinsville and Mt Coolon.

T: 07 4967 0732 M: 0467 804 287 E: lauren.williams@daf.qld.gov.au


Western Queensland

Kiri Broad, Extension Officer (Beef)Kiri Broad, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Longreach, Queensland

Expertise: Extensive and intensive beef production systems in Queensland, cattle nutrition and supplementation, beef supply chains, beef business analysis (Breedcow/Profit Probe), rangeland monitoring and grazing practices.

Location: Longreach

Region: Western Queensland

T: 07 4536 8301 M: 0428 102 841 E: kiri.broad@daf.qld.gov.au


Tim Emery, Extension Officer (Beef)Tim Emery, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Roma, Queensland

Expertise: Breeder herd management – health (reproductive diseases), nutrition and genetics; NLIS (as a management tool); beef supply chain; cattle assessment for various markets; grazing land management; data collection and analysis.

Location: Roma

Region: Western Queensland

T: 07 4622 9903 M: 0408 707 155 E: timothy.emery@daf.qld.gov.au


Jenny Milson, ScientistJenny Milson, FutureBeef Scientist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Longreach, Queensland

Expertise: Western Queensland plant identification, native pastures and pasture monitoring, grazing management and toxic plants.

Location: Longreach

Region: Western Queensland

T: 07 4536 8347 M: 0418 125 571 E: jenny.milson@daf.qld.gov.au


Jane TincknellJane Tincknell, Livestock Extension Officer

Location: Longreach

Region: Western Queensland

M: 0472 877 271 E: jane.tincknell@daf.qld.gov.au


Southern Queensland

Megan Gurnett, Extension Officer (Beef)Megan Gurnett, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Toowoomba, Queensland

Expertise: Grazing Best Management Practice  in the Burnett Mary and South East Queensland.

Location: Toowoomba

Region: Southern inland Queensland

T: 07 4529 4221 M: 0475 973 221 E: megan.gurnett@daf.qld.gov.au


David Hickey, Senior Industry Development OfficerDavid Hickey, Senior Development Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Roma, Queensland

Expertise: Agribusiness management, whole property management, enterprise analysis, property development and infrastructure, property and herd recording systems. Extension methodology, monitoring and evaluation, group facilitation and adult learning.

Location: Roma

Region: Southern inland Queensland

T: 07 4622 9919 M: 0427 427 503 E: david.hickey@daf.qld.gov.au


Tracy Longhurst, Senior Technical OfficerTracy Longhurst, FutureBeef Senior Technical Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Toowoomba, Queensland

Expertise: Cattle health, welfare and production, property and herd recording systems, data collection and analysis, whole property management.

Location: Toowoomba

Region: Southern inland Queensland

T: 07 4529 4118 E: tracy.longhurst@daf.qld.gov.au


Nicole Sallur, Extension Officer (Sheep)Nicole Sallur, Leading Sheep Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Charleville, Queensland

Expertise: Sheep production, extensive grazing management, environmental management systems, extension and evaluation.

Location: Charleville

Region: Statewide but primarily south-west Queensland

T: 07 4654 4220 M: 0427 603 241 E: nicole.sallur@daf.qld.gov.au


Roger Sneath, Senior Extension Officer (Beef)Roger Sneath, FutureBeef Senior Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Toowoomba, Queensland

Expertise: Beef production systems, nutrition and economics.

Location: Toowoomba

Region: Darling Downs

T: 07 4529 4244 E: roger.sneath@daf.qld.gov.au


South East Queensland

Damien O’Sullivan, Senior Extension Officer (Beef)Damien O'Sullivan, Senior Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Kingaroy

Expertise: Pastures, climate, drought, grazing systems and plant identification.

Location: Kingaroy

Region: South East Queensland

T: 07 4182 1817 M: 0459 812 261 E: damien.osullivan@daf.qld.gov.au


FutureBeef eExtension

Greg Bath, Extension Officer (Beef)Greg Bath, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Toowoomba, Queensland

Expertise: Intensive beef production in Queensland, in particular: feedlot management, husbandry and markets; whole of business economics and farm integration/planning strategies; integrated lotfed production systems, and; promoting best management practice opportunities. The application, adoption and delivery of eExtension technologies in the intensive beef industry.

Location: Toowoomba

Region: Statewide

T: 07 4529 4212 M: 0418 988 579 E: greg.bath@daf.qld.gov.au


Rebecca Farrell, Extension Officer (Beef)Rebecca Farrell, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Brisbane, Queensland

Expertise: Understanding genetics (beef and sheep) including BREEDPLAN and Australian Sheep Breeding Values, education, communication and information management, research, commercialisation, compliance and value adding, and livestock policy.

Location: Brisbane

Region: Statewide

T: 07 3708 8365 E: rebecca.farrell@daf.qld.gov.au


John James, Principal Extension OfficerJohn James, FutureBeef Principal Extension Officer (eExtension), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Toowoomba, Queensland

Expertise: Electronic communication, extension methodology, project management and change management.

Location: Toowoomba

Region: Statewide

T: 07 4529 4125 M: 0417 617 572 E: john.james@daf.qld.gov.au


Felicity McIntosh, Extension Officer (Beef)Felicity McIntosh, FutureBeef Extension Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Brisbane, Queensland

Expertise: Adult education, project management, cattle nutrition, monitoring and evaluation, and information management.

Location: Brisbane

Region: Statewide

T: 07 3708 8361 E: felicity.mcintosh@daf.qld.gov.au


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