Advisory Panel

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donperkins Name: Don Perkins
Role: Producer & PAP Chairperson
“Nelyambo” Dirranbandi
Phone: 07 4625 8686
Don Perkins runs a wool-growing and breeding property at Dirranbandi with his wife, Belinda and sons Tom, Lachie and Nicholas. His main focus is to improve the productivity of the property through pasture improvement and genetic gains. He is also particularly interested in investigating ways to improve the communication between woolgrowers and their customers with a view of better supplying what the customer requires. Don thinks that Leading Sheep has a role to play in boosting the morale of Queensland sheep producers.
nicole Name: Nicole Sallur
Role: Project Leader
DAF Charleville
Phone: 07 4654 4220
Nicole grew up in south west Queensland and her parents run a property 60kms south east of Charleville.  Nicole has worked for the department for 20 years on various projects related to the sheep and wool industry including Total Grazing Pressure, Environmental Management Systems, Sheep CRC educational resources, Merino Breeding and Selection.  Nicole currently leads the Making More from Sheep and Leading Sheep projects and as part of these projects she hopes to deliver timely and relevant information to producers to help them improve their sheep and wool production.
kylie 2 Name: Kylie Rutledge
Role: Producer
“Moble” Quilpie
Phone: 07 4656 4731
Kylie and Brian Rutledge live at ‘Moble’, south-west of Quilpie where they run a sheep and cattle breeding enterprise. They have four daughters who are actively involved with the running of ‘Moble’ when time allows. They aim to produce 19-20 micron, soft-handling wool on a robust animal with as few inputs as possible. During the past 15 years, the Rutledges have incorporated a ram breeding program into their management plan with encouraging results. Their interests lie in sustainable and profitable wool, sheep and beef production.
 David Jamieson Name: David Jamieson
Role: Producer & AgForce Representative
“Bunglebree” Dirranbandi
Phone: 07 4625 6281
David has been on “Bunglebree” all his life and now runs the property with his wife Ginny and son Angus.  “Bunglebree” is 28000 acres and runs 5000 Merinos and 800 Santa Gertrudis cattle.  David is focused on continuous improvement as he wants to hand the place on in a better condition than when he got it.  He got involved in Leading Sheep as part of his own quest for knowledge and encourages other producers to do the same.
LS 002 small 3 Name: Karen Huskisson
Role: Producer & AgForce Representative
“Wattle Downs” The Gums
Phone: 07 4665 9129
Karen has been a poll stud breeder since the age of 16 and has lived at Wattle Downs all her life. She has worked in the stud industry in Western Queensland and New South Wales. She currently breeds and sells maremma guardian dogs. She is the president of the Queensland Merino Stud Sheepbreeders’ Association (QMSSA), a councillor on the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders Limited (AASMB), a director on AgForce Queensland’s Sheep and Wool Board and a member of the National Wild Dog implementation committee. Karen believes the whole Queensland sheep and wool industry should work cohesively to unite our industry.
Jim King Name: Jim King
Role: Producer Representative
“Willowen” Longreach
Phone: 07 4658 9122
Jim and Lou King live on ‘Willowen’, they have 3 children all living away from home. Jim purchased ‘Willowen’ in 1988, 56km south of Longreach. Over this time he has focused his efforts on sheep production, in particular wool, and runs beef cattle. Jim attended a SRS workshop in 1995 and changed his sheep breeding practices. With the selection of plain bodied rams, mulesing was ceased in 2006. Over the last 5 years he has been selecting rams with the use of ASBVs concentrating on eye muscle depth and fat scores. He decided to join the Leading Sheep advisory panel to help solve issues that affect the wool grower in this area and throughout Queensland. For the sheep industry to be competitive Jim believes it must evolve and change with technology.
allycia bennett  Name: Allycia Bennett
Role: Youth Representative
Elders Longreach
Allycia is currently the District Wool Manager for Elders in Longreach. She grew up in Brisbane and moved to Longreach in 2009 to study at the Longreach Pastoral College. After college Allycia worked at “Powella” a sheep and cattle property near Aramac for two years and spent six months on a sheep property between Nyngan and Brewarrina. She also spent a year working at “Lansdowne” a merino stud at Tambo before getting the job with Elders. Allycia is also Vice President of Queensland Innovative Sheep Network – a movement to encourage young people to become more involved in the sheep and wool industries.
Emily King Name: Emily King
Role: AWI Representative
AWI Sydney
Phone: 02 8295 3176
Emily has worked for Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) since January 2012 and is Manager, Woolgrower Extension & Adoption, responsible for AWI’s education and extension activities in the On Farm RD&E portfolio.  This area includes AWI’s extension networks, programs such as Making More From Sheep, leadership programs and programs to engage youth with the wool industry. Prior to working for AWI, Emily worked for Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association (ALPA), Australia’s national peak industry body for stock & station and property agents. She was raised in Forbes in central west NSW and studied a Bachelor of Farm Management at Charles Sturt University in Orange, NSW.
Name: Bob Karfs
Role: DAF Representative
DAF Brisbane
Phone: 07 3255 4325
 Michael Allpass 75 x 100 Name: Michael Allpass
Role: AgForce Representative
AgForce Brisbane
Phone: 07 3236 3100
Michael holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness from the University of Queensland and an Associate Diploma in Animal Production from the Longreach Pastoral College.  He has more than 20 years experience working in the rural sector.  Michael has spent time as a jackaroo around Longreach before heading to the Riverina area of New South Wales to work with the stud Merino industry, including six years at ‘Goolgumbla’ Merino Stud.  He has also held key roles with Suncorp and Bankwest specialising in agribusiness lending.  Michael is currently the Livestock Policy Officer with AgForce Queensland.