WestVic Dairy Team

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Lindsay Ferguson
Regional Manager - Dairy Australia and Executive Officer - WestVic Dairy

Lindsay leads the team at WestVic Dairy. Before starting at WestVic Dairy in 2016, he established a career in the agricultural industry spanning a number of sectors including consulting, accounting, academia and government.

He was a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne's Glenormiston Campus for 14 years, leading the business management section. More recently, Lindsay managed the business development team in the Barwon South West Region with Regional Development Victoria.

He returned to the dairy farming sector with a passion to see the industry thrive.

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    Amanda Heard
    Project Support Officer

    Born and raised at Terang, Amanda started with WestVic Dairy in July 2010 with a background in organisational administration and small business. She developed her skills in educational administration over many years at Glenormiston College.

    Amanda’s role includes organising event catering, taking RSVPs and making sure everything runs smoothly within the organisation. Amanda is known for her friendly voice answering the phone and is always happy to help.

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      Libby Swayn
      Project Coordinator and Regional Extension Officer - Land Water and Climate

      Libby is the coordinator of office operations including human resources and people, finance, and Project Officer Support. Libby works as Regional Extension Officer one day a week and also supports the WestVic Dairy Executive Officer and the WestVic Dairy Board.

      Libby and her husband Rod run a dairy farm and Holstein Stud at Nalangil, outside Colac.

      Monday to Thursday

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        Liza Fahey
        Project Officer
        Liza is a long-standing employee and works as Project Officer delivering a range of WestVic projects including the Great South West Dairy Awards, Sungold Field Days, the Ladies Luncheon and numerous special events.

        Liza was raised on a south-west Victorian dairy farm and now farms with her husband at Terang. She is a great contributor to many community activities.
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          Michelle Leech
          Marketing and Communications Officer

          Michelle is WestVic Dairy's Marketing and Communications Officer, with a background in dairy farming, marketing & communications, and NRM.

          Michelle has worked on a number of dairy farms, including her most recent role on a Tasmanian dairy development farm as Sustainability and Environmental Manager, working on grants, policy development, WH&S, stakeholder engagement and on-farm activities. She also started a freelance copywriting and marketing business.

          Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Science through Massey University (New Zealand) and a Diploma in Book Editing, Proofreading and Publishing.

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            Peter Gaffy
            Regional Extension Officer - Feedbase

            Peter joined the team in 2015 and takes responsibility for feedbase extension. He grew up on a dairy farm at Ardmona in northern Victoria and graduated from Dookie College with a degree in Applied Science Agriculture. Peter lives in Allansford with his wife Fiona, daughter Lucy and son James.

            For more than 10 years, Peter has worked as a milk supply officer across Tasmania, Gippsland and south-west Victoria. These roles helped Peter develop strong working relationships within the dairy industry.

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              Debbie Twiss
              Regional Extension Officer - Animal Health and Performance

              Debbie is WestVic Dairy's extension officer responsible for Animal Health and Performance. Debbie qualified as a vet from Massey University, New Zealand in 1996.

              Since graduating, she has always preferred working with dairy cattle and has spent the last eight years working in south-west Victoria for The Vet Group at their Allansford practice.

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                Matt Wood
                Regional Extension Officer - Workforce Planning

                Matt is WestVic Dairy's extension officer focussing on the 'people' area, including employment, skills and safety. He grew up on the family farm in the Lake District, England. After completing ag college he worked on several farms before travelling to Australia.

                Following 10 years working as a paramedic both in England and Australia, Matt returned to the dairy industry as the Marketing and Communications Officer at WestVic Dairy, before stepping into his new role in extension.

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                  Alexis Grinton
                  Regional Extension Officer

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                  Focus Area: Young Dairy Network

                  Alexis Grinton joins us as the new Extension Officer focussing on the Young Dairy Network. In her most recent role, she worked hands-on at a local dairy farm.

                  She also recently completed an internship with WestVic Dairy as part of her study towards a Commerce degree majoring in Agribusiness through Deakin University. The objective of her work during the internship was to explore the need for extension in regard to the export heifer market and to analyse whether increasing participation in the export market could be beneficial to farmers.

                  She is looking forward to supporting the next generation of farmers and service providers in her new role.

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                    Jim Burrell
                    Careers Development Coordinator

                    Jim has taken on a new position at WestVic Dairy. The Careers Development Coordinator role aims to identify and promote career pathways for dairy farmers, farm employees and industry service providers.

                    Jim has been involved in the dairy industry in western Victoria for almost 30 years. During this time he has held various positions, including working with Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture and the University of Melbourne running the apprenticeship and traineeship program out of the Cobden sub campus. He has also worked in the employment field and as a teacher.

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