DAF Dairy Team
Dairy Team Leader and Principal Scientist, PhD
Dave has been actively involved in nutrition and milk composition research and extension in Queensland and northern NSW for well over 20 years. Dave has specialised skills in nutritional management, diet formulation, nutritional requirements of dairy cows, mixed ration feeding systems and feedpad infrastructure.
Research Scientist, B Agr Sc (Hon)
Amy has more than 13 years experience in research and extension particularly within the nutritional management field. Amy is involved in managing demonstration sites.
PhD Animal Husbandry
M Science Ruminant Nutrition
Marcelo has 25 years of research experience in Australia and Argentina. During the past 5 years, Marcelo has primarily worked on Feedbase research and development aiming at increasing margin over feed cost in dairy systems. This included the development of grazing management strategies to increase both pasture intake and utilisation. Marcelo’s work also has included the development of forage management strategies to improve yield and quality of crops for silage in the context of water use efficiency.
Dairy Feedbase Development Officer
Mark has been involved in a range of agricultural industries, especially intensive production systems, for the last 25 years. Mark’s areas of interest are farm risk and business management, cow comfort, housing and adaption, feed base development, improvement and implementation at the farm level and differential feeding systems.
Development Officer, B Agri Sci
Jo has been working within the Queensland dairy industry since 2010 with roles in the Department and with Dairy Australia.
Jo currently works on the C4 milk project and is heavily involved in facilitating discussion groups, trial sites and communications. Jo also has a keen interest in rural mental health issues and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Honours).
Senior Extension Officer – Dairy Farm Business Management
M Rural Systems Management, B.Ag.Ec.(Hons)
Ray has extensive knowledge and experience in farm business management stemming from more than 30 years work in dairy and broad acre agriculture. Ray has trained hundreds of farmers in computer-based farm analysis and has undertaken many farm financial reviews. He leads QDAS which provides a financial analysis service to around 15% of Queensland dairy farms and produces an annual report into the financial performance of the Queensland dairy industry.
Senior Extension Officer
B Agr Sc (Hon)
Ross is a Dairy Extension officer with DAF. Ross has been involved in all facets of dairy research and extension in Qld and northern NSW for the past 24 years. He is involved in the C4Milk and Resilient Farms projects.
Wendy has been part of the dairy team for 10 years, at first providing administrative support and now as an operational officer. Wendy provides operational support to the many forage trials and experiments, animal experiments and other dairy activities.