Host: Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia – Northern Beef Futures project, funded by the State Government Royalties for Regions program

Region: Kimberley and Pilbara regions, Western Australia

Number of staff: about 20

DAFWA Northern Beef Futures project staff are based in Broome at the Northern Beef Development Centre and also throughout other locations in Western Australia including Bunbury, Moora, Waroona, Esperance and South Perth. We also have an agribusiness and food development manager assisting the project based in Indonesia.

1. Andrew Negline copyAndrew Negline with Elaine Jolliffe (Administration Assistant)

Hi, I am Andrew, the Broome Operations Manager and I enjoy working with the people in the Kimberley and Pilbara, where the northern cattle industry is based. I came here in June 2015 all the way from Wagga Wagga in NSW. I have spent the last 20 years in the red meat and livestock sector, in senior management roles in Cargill Inc, Meat and Livestock Australia, Dairy Farm International and Mars Inc.  I have travelled extensively and worked in many beef markets in the world, with North Korea and Central Russia being highlights.

2. Kevin Bell copyKevin Bell

Hi, I am Kevin and I have lived in Broome for the last seven years where my wife and I (after visiting for decades) now really live, breathe and sweat the Kimberley lifestyle! I like to think of myself as a ‘scientist in the bush’, taking livestock producers’ real, economic problems to the scientific community and keeping the latter engaged with reality in their research. I get satisfaction from working with livestock managers and their families, together engaging with anything to make production from grazing ruminant animals more profitable, enjoyable and sustainable.

3. Lauren Gibson copyLauren Gibson

G’day I’m Lauren and I’m a born and bred Pilbara girl. I studied Ag Science in Perth before heading back to the red dirt of the North! After a couple of years of doing Heritage and Environment work in the Pilbara and another couple teaching around the Kimberley, I’ve returned to my passion – Agriculture! I love getting out and working with producers on station.

4. Tim Wiley copyTim Wiley

Hi, I’m Tim and my role is the Mosaic Agriculture Development Officer (aka Pasture guru) for DAFWA’s NBF project. I previously spent six years in the Rangelands at Wiluna and then Marble Bar as a private consultant and a Rangelands NRM officer.  Before that I was with DAFWA for 19 years working on fodder shrubs and perennial pastures.  

NBF is an export supply chain focussed, market-driven project dedicated to supporting the success of the northern WA beef industry.

For more information visit the Northern Beef Futures webpage on the DAFWA website.

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