Fresh faces in WA’s DPIRD team

WA DPIRD Annie Bone

The team at FutureBeef would like to introduce the newest faces in Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development: Annie, Sarah and Charlotte.

Annie Bone – West Kimberley

Expertise: Irrigated agriculture, animal nutrition and extension.

Annie has worked in several roles including conservation, biosecurity and irrigated agriculture before transitioning to the Northern Beef Development team. She grew up in the Perth suburbs with a love of horses and studied conservation at university. A career move saw her relocate north for a stint on a cattle station in WA’s Gascoyne region. Annie maintains an interest in regenerative agriculture and is keen to focus on the continuous improvement of the region’s pastures, livestock nutrition, drought preparedness, animal welfare and herd genetics. Annie leads the phosphorous supplementation trial for northern WA and is Secretary of the Kimberley Regional Beef Research Committee.

WA DPIRD Sarah GwynneSarah Gwynne – East Kimberley

Expertise: Extension, northern beef production systems, animal health and disease, and nutrition management.

Sarah has a passion for all things agriculture growing up on a family cropping property in one of Queensland’s major farming regions. She completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology with the University of Queensland and gained industry experience in a highly-recognised specialist veterinary hospital. With the call of the Top End too strong, Sarah relocated to the Northern Territory’s iconic Wave Hill station to gain first-hand knowledge and experience in the northern beef industry. Sarah is excited to combine her theoretical and practical experience as the East Kimberley Beef Development Officer and is the lead for WA’s pain relief trial.

WA DPIRD Charlotte ThomsonCharlotte Thomson – Pilbara

Expertise: Extension, livestock production, animal disease and biosecurity.

Charlotte has more than 10 years’ experience working in the agricultural industry. She grew up on a southern NSW beef, sheep and cropping enterprise and followed the well-beaten path for a gap year on a cattle station in the NT’s Top End. After starting her professional career in agricultural communications, she headed to the Kimberley region to work in livestock biosecurity. She completed a Masters of Animal Science focussing on methods which increase northern beef production and profitability whilst improving industry sustainability. Charlotte leads WA’s contribution to FutureBeef and is increasing adoption of WA’s pastoral remote sensing (PRS) system. She is also Secretary of the Pilbara Regional Beef Research Committee.


 We look forward to working closely with Annie, Sarah and Charlotte in northern beef industry and rangeland extension, sharing insights, achievements and discoveries.