DairySA Team

DairySA has a dedicated and talented team of part-time staff based in rural areas across the state.

Every DairySA team member works to bring practical information, innovative programs and research to SA's dairy farmers. To get in touch, please call or email the right person from the list below, or for a general inquiry complete the form here.

Melissa Hunter
Regional Manager

Melissa has extensive experience in natural resource management, project management and team leadership.

Melissa relishes the opportunity to work in  agriculture with a focus on team leadership. She is passionate about delivering practical and relevant opportunities for dairy farmers that can assist in running a sustainable business.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with her family and the occasional trip to the beach.

Melissa's dairy favourties: Golden North Honey Ice Cream, as it reminds her of her childhood growing up in the Flinders Ranges.

Based in Mt Gambier

    Kylie Boston
    Extension Officer

    Kylie has a background in agronomy and project management.

    Kylie loves working and talking with people involved in the dairy industry. She also enjoys contributing to a wide range of projects and being able to promote the dairy industry, especially when she gets to experience the enthusiasm of school children learning about dairy.

    Kylie has coached local junior tennis teams to premierships and relishes caravan holidays with a good spy novel.

    Kylie's dairy favourites: Soft cheese with biscuits and iced coffee. 

    Based in the South East/Limestone Coast region

    • Workforce Development
    • ESKi
    • People
    • Dairy Discussion Groups
    Beck Burgess
    Extension Officer

    With an extensive background in the agri finance sector, including three years specialising in agri-IT, Beck is passionate about the Australian agriculture industry and its people.

    Beck enjoys connecting with farmers, understanding their drive and passion and providing support to assist them in reaching their business potential. With two small children, Beck values spending time at home with family.

    Beck's dairy favourites: A selection of SA cheeses enjoyed with the odd glass of a delicious Langhorne Creek red. 

    Based in the Central region, Langhorne Creek

    • Farm Business Management
    • Dairy Discussion Groups
    • River
    • Lakes
    • Mount Torrens
    • Adelaide Hills
    • Myponga
    • TMR
    Cathy Ashby
    Extension Officer

    Cathy has years of experience in natural resources management-related projects and programs within the South East.

    Having grown up on a farm, Cathy enjoys working with farmers on ‘on-ground’ projects and trials to explore new ideas. Cathy is passionate about working in extension and supporting people to make positive change to their farms and livelihoods.

    In her spare time, Cathy enjoys getting outside and photographing ‘critters’ and the natural environment. She also loves cars, cats, sport and gardening.

    Cathy’s dream diet consists of cheese and coffee. 

    Based in the South East/Mt Gambier

    • Dairy Discussion Groups
    • Young Dairy Network SA
    • Land Water Carbon
    Trish Eats
    Regional Extension Officer

    Focus area: Dairy Discussion Groups
    Region: Fleurieu

    Life in dairy started for Trish on her family farm on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and she's most recently worked in veterinary science teaching and researching dairy workforce wellbeing.

    Trish's research and special interest areas are animal and human health and wellbeing, animal husbandry, reproduction, genetics and nutrition.

    Trish hopes to share some meaningful learning experiences within our DairySA community, translating science into practice, connecting industry to developing and current research. Trish is grateful for the opportunity to work in dairy extension services.

    Trish has one adult son, lives on the Fleurieu, and enjoys time in nature and writing as hobbies. Dairy favourite breakfast: sharp cheddar with homemade chutney on toast.

    • Dairy Discussion Groups
    Alberta Badu-Yeboah
    Regional Extension Coordinator

    Focus area: People and Workforce Development

    With a Bachelor degree in Agriculture and a Masters in Global Food and Agricultural Business, Alberta has over ten years experience as a Senior Extension Officer with Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, now finding her place in Australian agriculture and the dairy industry.

    Alberta is inspired by farmers and their passion to continually improve their business operations and is keen to build meaningful connections with dairy farmers and stakeholders along the value chain to assist them in achieving their goals. Together with her husband and two children Alberta enjoys spending time discovering her new hometown in SA's Limestone Coast.

    Alberta's dairy favourites: Summer: Yoghurt or ice cream with fruit Winter: butter on toast with a latte milo or coffee.

    Based in the South East/Mt Gambier

      Katie Moorhouse

      Communicating key messages is at the heart of Katie's work life and a handy asset to have when assisting her husband on their prime lamb property on the Limestone Coast.

      She enjoys working with people who are passionate about their industry, with agriculture standing tall as one of the best.

      With two children, Katie also enjoys a good read, walking, pilates and a paddock bonfire or picnic as the season dictates.

      Katie's dairy favourites: Soft cheeses, locally made Persian fetta and creamy yoghurt. 

      Based in the South East, near Penola

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