Ross Joblin has been part of Dairy Australia's senior management team since 2010 leading its business operations group. Responsibilities have included finance, strategic planning, human resources, issues management, corporate communications, human resources, IT, and legal. His prior experience includes a range of roles as a corporate lawyer and in senior management in listed public companies. This has provided him with a broad range of commercial experience in areas including operations management, corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions and start-ups and human resources. Ross has also worked with a number of industry boards in the area of board governance and effectiveness. Ross is a director of DIAL Limited.
LLB (Hons), Dip Corporate Management, FAICD, FCIS
Lucinda and her husband run 3,500 performance recorded cattle on seven properties ln the NSW Murray Valley, near Albury. Over the past 30 years they have developed a leading Angus genetics business, ‘Rennylea’, from small base, with dedicated use of Breedplan for genetic improvement and a highly accurate database of phenotypes and genotypes.
Having graduated with Agricultural Science degree, Lucinda also has significant off farm experience, including a variety of roles with Dawson International PLC, a multinational textile company and CEO of the Australian Cashmere Growers Association.
In 2007 Lucinda received the Helen Newton Turner Medal from AAABG in recognition for her contribution to animal breeding and genetics.
Director, nominated by NHIA
Graeme Gillan is chair of the National Herd Improvement Association (NHIA). He has a long career focussed on herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry, including with genetics companies in the private sector, such as Alta Genetics, ABS and RAB.
Tim Jelbart is a dairy farmer from Inverloch, West Gippsland, Victoria. He manages Jelbart Dairy, a 1,000-cow Holstein herd that he owns with his brother. The business has used its herd improvement program to build a significant income stream from the sale of high genetic merit livestock. Before returning to the farm, Tim was a property valuer with Colliers International, where he developed strong analytical skills. He is excited to see the new genetic evaluation system now operating and looking forward to using DataGene’s new tools, for example DataVat. These innovations will enable him to make informed and timely decisions based on his own herd and industry data. Jelbart Dairy was a Genetics Focus Farm in the ImProving Herds Project and hosted the National Muster field day which reported the project findings. The herd’s detailed records have been used for industry R&D projects such as Ginfo and MIR for Health. Tim was appointed to the DataGene board in November 2018.
Daniel Meade and his wife Michaela are co-owner operators of Boonderoo Pastoral Company, milking 400 cows at Kolora, south-west Victoria. Their focus is on maximising pasture production and home grown feed efficiency. They place a high priority on improving the genetics and fertility of herd replacements through breeding.
In 2017, Daniel received a Nuffield scholarship to investigate how agricultural organisations engage with farmers. Before starting dairy farming in their own right in 2018, Daniel spent 10 years as a Dairy Agronomist, and studied at Glenormiston Agricultural College.
Daniel was first elected to Moyne Shire Council in 2016. He has also held positions on numerous community organisations including WestVic Dairy, VFF, CFA and on local sporting clubs.
Sam Simpson and her husband operate at 450-cow dairy farm, Craiglands Holsteins, at Larpent in South Western Victoria. They have been members of Holstein Australia for 15 years and genotyping their animals since 2015. Sam runs the herd’s breeding program as well as the business finances, HR and information systems. She is actively involved a number of industry groups including promoting dairy to the local community and school groups.
Craiglands Holsteins was a focus farm for the ImProving Herds project and Sam was a member of the MIR for Profit project steering committee.
Before taking on a full-time role with the farm, Sam spent 10 years as a sheep officer and Farm$mart Project Manager with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. Subscribing to the adage “you can’t manage what you don’t measure”, Sam is a passionate advocate for on-farm data collection so that herd and business decisions can be based on relevant information.
Anthony Shelly is CEO of Genetics Australia and a non-executive director of National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA). With more than 30 years experience, Anthony has spent his entire career in dairy herd improvement. He has a deep understanding of Australia’s genetic evaluation system, having worked most of his career for Genetics Australia and it’s precurser organisations. His roles with Genetics Australia have covered all levels of business, including farm hand, farm manager, AI technician, semen sales (wholesale and retail), marketing and business manager. This has given him an exceptional understanding of the application of herd improvement at all levels of business. Anthony has formal training in leadership and agribusiness, and experience in governance through his role as a CEO and NHIA director.