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.

gus rose



Gus Rose is the consultation manager with Meat and Livestock Australia. Gus is originally from WA and has had worked in various roles ranging from research, adoption and project management. He has worked mostly in the Sheep industry focusing mostly on production systems/farm optimisation and breeding and genetics.

Hayley Norman



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


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.

dominique blache


University of Western Australia

Dominique is a neuroscientist by training who has worked with farm animals most of his research life. Dominique has learned everything he knows about sheep production since he moved to Australia. All of his research is driven by the need for ‘clean, green and ethical’ livestock production. His research interests lie in the mechanisms used by external and internal factors to influence reproductive function and on the genetic basis of temperament in and the consequences of selection of temperament on reproductive performance, production traits and animal welfare. His most recent research has been focused on bio-rhythms in sheep and the impact of plant secondary compounds on reproduction.