|Name: Ingrid Miller
Role:Coordinator & Producer
Phone: 0467 566 728
|Ingrid is proud to call Western Queensland home having grown up in Longreach and going on to build her business and raise her family in the area. Using isolation to her advantage, Ingrid works across multiple sectors in event management, marketing, governance and community development. She has a long-standing affinity for agriculture, in particular sheep and wool, and has always involved herself with the industry with keen interest.
Ingrid was drawn to Leading Sheep as she is passionate about promoting a productive and viable sheep and wool industry that provides long term benefits to both graziers and the wider community. Despite the challenges of market, predators and varied seasons, Ingrid has confidence that through continued innovation in technology and industry advocacy, that sheep & wool production in the region will continue to grow and rejuvenate.
|Name: Phillipa (Pip) Gilmore
Role: Extension Officer
Phone: 0428 102 841
|Pip grew up in the Allora/Clifton area firstly on a dairy, then a broadacre cropping and trade cattle enterprise. After finishing school in Warwick, Pip completed 2 years of Animal Production Science at UQ Gatton, followed by a Bachelor of Finance at USQ. She started her career in an accounting firm, moving into financial planning, before shifting into residential mortgage broking.
Wanting to get back into ag, she took a role as a loans assessor with QRIDA in 2018. During her time with QRIDA, she worked in the Brisbane, Roma and Cloncurry offices, on state and federal loan and grant schemes involving agri-businesses in Qld, NSW, Vic, NT, SA and Tasmania, covering a wide range of industries including intensive and extensive sheep and beef production, pork, poultry, cropping, horticulture and aquaculture. During that time, she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness through UNE.
Pip is keen to share her skills and experience in finance and business with Qld’s sheep and woolgrowers to enable them to become empowered business owners.
|Name: Dave Owens
Phone: 0428 581 919
|David grew up in the Longreach/ Muttaburra area and has always been involved in the sheep industry. After leaving school he has been able to pursue his passion for the rural industry through owning a property and also running a crutching and lamb marking contracting business. This has enabled David to get around the central west and see how people do things and also to get a good feel on what producers are trying to achieve. He truly believes there is a profitable and sustainable future in the sheep industry especially for the younger generation.
Concentration on reliable and informative data is a must and is the main reason he is on board with Leading Sheep.
|Name: David Counsell
Phone: 07 4651 2498
|David is a member of a long term wool producing family at “Dunblane”, west of Barcaldine. He believes sheep still have an important place alongside cattle in the region and is committed to improving productivity of his Merino flock. Better fleece weights and lower micron counts are being achieved through the introduction of superior genetics.|
|Name: Amy Ownes
Role: Producer “Somerset” Longreach
Phone: 0428 867 812
|Amy grew up on her family’s sheep and cattle property north of Longreach and has been involved with livestock and the running of the property for most of her life. Amy completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at UQ in 2011, following which she was employed as a livestock nutritionist at Stocklick Trading in Roma. After a year of travelling and working in USA and Canada, Amy returned to the Longreach district where she spent the next few years working at home and for other graziers as well as a further 2 years remotely for Stocklick Trading.
Amy and her husband Dave are based on “Somerset” south of Longreach and run a self-replacing merino flock and crossbred goat operation. They are data-driven producers with a keen focus on benchmarking the business through financial KPIs, managing flock productivity through individual fleece values and reproduction so that any animal remaining on the place is profitable. An exclusion fence erected in 2017 has made a vast difference to ease of management, productivity and land recovery with much more control over predators, grass retention, stock numbers, land condition to list a few.
|Name: Greg Hunt
Role: Australian Wool Network
Phone: 07 4658 2842
|Greg has spent around 35 years working in the sheep and wool industry as a woolclasser, shearer and sheep and wool training. He currently lives in Longreach and has done for 22 years and present role is working for Australian Wool Network in the North Queensland sheep production area as a sheep and wool advisor and livestock salesperson.|
|Name: Alison Krieg
Role: Producer”Benalla” Blackall
Phone: 07 4657 5069
|Alison runs a merino sheep and beef cattle operation at “Benalla” in the Blackall district. She completed a Certificate of Woolclassing at Warwick TAFE under the tutelage of Des Humphries and was greatly influenced by his passion for merino wool. Alison believes that wool has a bright future but is concerned by the mounting challenges of wild dog predation and lack of young people entering the industry.|
|Name: Jim King
Role: Producer”Willowen” Longreach
Phone: 07 4658 9122
|Jim and his wife, Lou, live on Willowen, south of Longreach, which they purchased in 1988. They have 3 adult children.
Since purchasing Willowen, Jim has focused his efforts on sheep and wool production. He also runs some beef cattle.
Jim attended an SRS workshop in 1995, and in 2000 changed his sheep breeding practices. In 2006 mulesing was stopped. In 2010 he added ASBV’s to his criteria when selecting rams. A dog fence was erected during 2017/18 and Willowen is now completely fenced. With these changes over the years productivity is increasing.
Jim believes that the control of predators and pests must be a priority for everyone, not only in the district, but state as well.
He also believes that, for the sheep and wool industry to advance, we must evolve and change with technology.
Role: Producer‘Ayrshire’, Winton
Phone: 4657 3027
|Ben is involved in the family business located 60km north of Winton on “Ayrshire Downs”, which is a mixed enterprise comprising of beef cattle and a merino sheep flock.
Ben is committed to improving the sheep and wool industry as a whole by addressing impacting factors with particular relevance to the central west. These include pest control, introduction of superior genetics and an increase in producer knowledge. This is to help producers better recognize opportunities and options that exist for the sheep and wool industry.