Council
Producers
Industry

MANDY CURNOW

DPIRD
DPIRD

Mandy currently manages the Information and Evaluation project for Sheep Industries at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Her research roles have been in sheep nutrition and reproduction, specialising in delivery of training in sheep reproduction management. Product and tool development for sheep producers is a particular focus and passion.

Hayley Robinson

HAYLEY ROBINSON

MLA
mla

Hayley Robinson is Consultation Manager with MLA, coming to the position from Meat Standards Australia. Hayley is familiar with the WA red meat industry, having previously worked in WA with DPIRD as a beef systems analyst. Hayley makes a vibrant contribution to the functionality of WALRC.

Hayley Norman

HAYLEY NORMAN

CSIRO

Hayley is a principal research scientist, leading the CSIRO mixed farming systems team in WA. She has expertise in ruminant nutrition, forage improvement and integrated crop/livestock systems in dry and saline areas. Her team primarily conduct research in southern Australia but also have projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar and Tibet. Recent outputs include near infra-red spectrometry calibrations for rapid and inexpensive prediction of nutritional value of plants in the southern feedbase.  Hayley led the development and commercialization of AnamekaTM saltbush – a cultivar with improved feeding value to sheep and cattle.

Caroline Jacobson

CAROLINE JACOBSON

Murdoch University
murdoch university

Caroline’s role at Murdoch University is centered around Biochemistry and Nutrition and the Centre for Animal Production Research within the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences. She is a Murdoch University graduate in veterinary science and worked in private veterinary practices in Western Australia and United Kingdom after graduation. Her research career has followed a diverse range of interests in the fields of nutrition, parasitology and animal production, and she brings this passion for veterinary science to her role teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate students in the veterinary science and animal science programmes, with her main teaching area being animal nutrition.

Phil Vercoe

PHIL VERCOE

University of Western Australia

Phil is an animal scientist. His research interests are in ruminant production systems and finding ways to balance productivity with biodiversity in extensive grazing systems. All of his research is driven by the need for ‘Clean, Green and Ethical’ livestock production and the importance of optimising the interaction between genotype, environment and management. His most recent research has been focused on mitigating methane emissions from sheep and cattle through manipulating the feed base, exploring the antimethanogenic properties of plant secondary compounds in Australian native plants, and genetic selection.