Advisory Panel


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.
Name: Jed Sommerfield
Role: Project Leader
DAF Charleville
Phone: 07 4530 1256
Jed grew up on a sheep and beef property, near Charleville in South-Western Queensland. At the University of Queensland (Gatton) he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Production/Rangeland Management). While at university he was able to gain access to methods of higher learning and increased his level expertise over a variety of industries and commercial enterprises. After completing his degree he continued to work in primary production namely at AMH Beef City west of Toowoomba, Fletchers International Exports in Dubbo, numerous private primary production enterprises and South West NRM based in Charleville. His practical experience in primary production industries over an extended period of time has exposed him to a wide variety of problems and solutions at different stages of the supply line and at different locations throughout Queensland and New South Wales.
He recently started work as a DAF Extension Officer (Sheep and Beef) in Charleville and is looking forward to working with committee and producers from across this region and work with them to solve problems and offer solutions as part of the primary production industry.
  Name: Jesse Moody
Role: Producer 
“Yarmouth” Cunnamulla
Phone:  0429 405 708
Jesse Moody manages a mixed enterprise on  his families property, “Yarmouth”, north east of Cunnamulla. While being involved in sheep and wool for the majority of his working life, he worked across all facets of the industry. His main interests are pasture management, nutrition and sheep genetics as they all have the biggest influences on the livestock. In his spare time, Jesse keeps busy in the region with cricket, rugby and the show society through their working dogs. Assisting other proactive sheep and wool producers to network, improve their management systems and adopt new technologies are just a few of the reasons Jesse has become involved with Leading Sheep.
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.
 Name: Allycia Bennett
Role: Youth Representative
Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges
Phone: 0437 302 877 
Allycia is a former Sheep and Wool Instructor for the Queensland Agricultural Training College in Longreach. Prior to this she was District Wool Manager for Elders, also 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 has been particularly involved in encouraging young people to become more involved in the sheep and wool industries through her various roles.
  Name: Marius Cuming
Role: AWI Representative
AWI Sydney
  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.