RawAg Podcast

  • Episode 20: Shawn Andrews - An indigenous perspective on farming and education

    Shawn is a descendant of the Mununjali people of South East Queensland and the Palawa people of Tasmania. Shawn is a graduate of Monash University with a Bachelor Education and Sport and Outdoor Recreation, recently graduated Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass at Melbourne Business School and is currently an MBA Candidate at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales. Shawn has held positions across National Australia Bank, Melbourne Grammar School and Indigenous Accountants Australia. He is currently the director of Indigicate a majority owned Indigenous company and Supply Aus a 100% owned Indigenous company. Shawn is a highly respected Indigenous educator, public speaker and keynote presenter, thought leader and passionate advocate for equality.
    Shawn’s life and career has been shaped by his commitment to educate Australians with the truth about Australian history and the desire to demonstrate that Indigenous Australian culture is sophisticated, beautiful and strong.

  • Episode 19: James Playfair - Farming for the future in an ancient landscape

    James Playfair - Hannay is a fourth generation farmer from Morebattle Tofts, near Kelso in the Scottish Borders.
    Farming 4,300 acres in the Cheviot Hills, an area of low rainfall ( by UK standards ) and free draining soils rising from 300 ft above sea level to 1,200.
    Home to the Tofts herds of 450 pedigree Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn cattle along with a commercial herd of crossbred cows. Bulls are sold directly off farm for breeding, while steers are sold for finishing for branded retail markets. Heifers are kept for herd replacements, or sold for breeding.
    The farm also runs 1,500 Hill North Country Cheviot ewes, some pure and some crossed with a Bluefaced Leicester to produce Cheviot Mule ewes for prime lamb production.
    Morebattle Tofts cultivate 700 acres and grow a variety of crops. Spring Barley grown for the malting market, Winter Wheat goes in a similar direction to make spirit. Winter and Spring Oats head for human food production, porridge, muesli and oatcakes, whilst Triticale and Winter Barley along with Forage Kale are grown for animal feed on farm.
    Away from the farm James has been President of both the Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn cattle societies which has helped him meet lots of interesting people around the world. The cattle industry has taken James to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa.
    James has been heavily involved in the establishment and development of Machinery Rings ( a co-operative society of farmers and agricultural businesses who have the mutual aim of reducing machinery and labour costs) in the UK and Europe. He is currently Chairman of the Scottish Machinery Ring Association.
    James' wife Debbie, is a farmer’s daughter from Somerset in the south of England. Having recently sold her mobile toilet business she is now embarking on a political journey with the National Farmers Union for Scotland.
    James and Debbie’s son Robert is now part of the family business after studying at Harper Adam’s University College. He is married to Charlotte.
    Their daughter Anna, is in Australia working for Woolworths as Sustainable Agriculture and Animal Welfare Manager. She graduated at Newcastle University and worked with Marks and Spencer in their Agricultural team.

  • Episode 18: Enoch Bergman - Ramped up rebreeding

    Dr Enoch Bergman is a vet from Swans Veterinary Services in Esperance, Western Australia. Enoch grew up in Wild Horse, Colorado and after graduating from University, moved to Australia, fell in love and fortunately for us, never left.
    Since his arrival, Enoch has been actively involved in Australian BVDV (Pestivirus) research. In 2006 he established Australia’s first commercial laboratory for the diagnosis of animals Persistently Infected with BVDV.
    He travels throughout Australia delivering lectures on BVDV and many other cattle topics, such as fertility and artificial breeding programs. He does all this with great insight and application, a genuine love for his work and the people he works with.

  • Episode 17: Jason Trompf - Farming Enterprise Profitability

    Dr Jason Trompf - Farmer Bahavourial Change. Jason Trompf from Lambs Alive has been working as an Agricultural Consultant for over 20 years. Jason has a strong background in understanding the drivers and motivators of sheep and beef producers and designing programs that support and enable practice change.
    Jason undertook his PhD research into farmer behavioral change and adoptive context.
    Jason has had significant input into the design, delivery and evaluation of programs such as the Triple P Program, Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM), Bred Well Fed Well (BWFW) and More Lambs More Often. Each of these programs are widely recognized for the industry leading impact they have had on changing knowledge, attitude, skills and aspiration (KASA) and practice, as well as lifting productivity, profitability and resilience. Jason has extensive experience in lamb survival, consulting with and educating producers on a national and international basis.

    LTEM is a national extension program using a small group extension model, for which Jason is the lead author and has had more than 4000 farmers involved. Participants have increased their whole-farm stocking rates by 10% and increased lamb marking percentages by 7% irrespective of enterprise type, which equates to almost a 20% increase in lambs weaned per hectare, while reducing ewe mortality by 33%. BWFW is a national 1-day workshop that Jason co-developed and has now been delivered to over 4000 sheep producers, that coaches producers to use genes, nutrition and best-practice husbandry to improve sheep reproduction rates.

    Jason also manages his family’s 3000 composite ewe and 250 Angus and Shorthorn cow enterprise. These self-replacing high productivity enterprises provide Jason with a strong practical background and a constant reality check of the challenges that producers face on a day-to-day basis.

  • Episode 16: Steven Brain - The Ideas Man

    Stephen Brain – ideas man. Steve grew up on his parents mixed enterprise farm between Willaura and Lake Bolac in Western Victoria.
    A Merino sheep, Angus cattle and cereal cropping property, they also ran an earthmoving business.

    After school and studying Humanities at Ballarat Uni and Psychiatric Nursing at Lakeside, Steve made the decision to return to agriculture and moved back to the family farm.

    Steve and his wife Sue moved to Mumbannar in Western Victoria in the mid 1980’s and presently run an Angus self replacing herd of around 1,100 breeding cows. Their main focus is on producing high marbling steers for the long fed market.

  • Episode 15: Shannon Speight - Beef Industry Innovations

    Shannon Speight is the CEO and Cofounder of Black Box Co, an innovative Saas product solving big data problems in the livestock industry. Aside from Black Box, Shannon is a wife, mother, farmer and qualified veterinarian. She has extensive experience across the beef industry from beginning work as a jillaroo in the Northern Territory to coordinating a large scale beef genomics project. Shannon was the 2019 co-winner of the Zanda McDonald Award with Luke Evans. She is passionate about the beef industry and innovation to make it more sustainable productive and profitable.

  • Episode 14: Lyn Sykes

    Lyn is a recognised leader in the traditionally male world of agriculture. For more than three decades she has made a significant contribution to improving skills relating to communication and succession. Lyn is recognised as the pioneer of a family-focused approach to succession planning, centred on a facilitated family meeting clarifying the visions and goals of each member in order to develop a shared way forward. At the height of this work she was facilitating 100 family meetings a year in all states. Lyn was the independent chair of the Environmental Flows Group in the Macquarie River from its inception until 2013. She has had considerable involvement in leadership roles, communication and conflict resolution workshops and believes when groups work cooperatively and harness the strengths of these differences great things are possible.

  • Episode 13: Dr Craig Wood

    Woody has been a vet at Terang and Mortlake vet clinic since 2002 after completing his studies at Murdoch university in WA. He was a previous owner after selling to Apiam in 2018.

    A mixed practice vet specialising in large animals, Woody works closely with many well recognised Australian beef studs as well as being one of the lead Prodairy vets. Woody lives in the picturesque town of Noorat in Western Victoria and plays a pivotal role in supporting his local community.

  • Episode 12: Richard Rains

    Richard Rains grew up on a mixed farm near Dunedoo in the central west of NSW. Educated at boarding school in Sydney and went on to a cadetship with Dalgety. Whilst there, in 1974, he sold the first beef to Korea that the country ever imported and it quickly grew to become Australia’s third-largest export market for beef, which it remains today. Richard then joined Sanger Australia (a meat export marketing co) in 1976 and by 2000 he owned a majority stake in the business. He sold his equity in the company in 2013 in a management buy-out. In the late 1990’s he convinced McDonald's that they should use Aussie beef in their burgers in North America and was instrumental in establishing that trade for Australia. Richard also helped establish the prominent processor/marketer of organic beef and lamb, The Arcadian Organic and Natural Meat Co. Richard has Chaired The Zanda McDonald Award since 2015.

    Richard’s roles:

    • Sanger Australia 1976~2013 (CEO from 2000~2013).
    • A founding director of The Arcadian Organic and Natural Meat Co, a significant processor and marketer to domestic and export markets of organic and natural beef and lamb from 2005~2015.
    • The Australian Export Council ~ Member of the Advisory Board from 2013 ~ 2015.
    • Cattle Council of Australia ~ Member of the Marketing, Market Access and Trade committee from 2013 ~ 2015
    • The Co-operative Research Centre for Beef Genetic Technologies (Beef CRC) ~ director from 2008 to 2012.
    • A Director of CAG (Certified Angus Group) representing the Angus beef brands CAAB and Angus Pure 2013~2017.
    • Member of the 1st year of The Industry Steering Group for the Australian Beef Industry Sustainability Framework.
    • A Director of Paraway Pastoral Co (Paraway owns and operates large-scale sheep and cattle enterprises across Australia).
    • Country Education Foundation. 2016 ~ 2021.
    • Richard was a mentor in the Beef Connections Graeme Acton Mentoring Program leading up to the 2018 Beef Australia event.
    • Australian Export Heroes award ~ recipient 2012
  • Episode 11: Mike Carroll - evidence based decisions

    Mike Carroll has more than 35 years of experience in food and agribusiness with current directorships including Select Harvests, Paraway Pastoral Company, Viridis Ag and Rural Funds Management. Mike is also chair of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Former board roles include Sunny Queen Farms, Tassal, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter, Queensland Sugar, Rural Finance Corporation, Elders, the Australian Farm Institute, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and Meat and Livestock Australia. During his executive career, Mike held senior executive positions at the National Australia Bank (NAB) and was responsible for establishing and leading NAB’s Agribusiness division. Roles prior to this included several years as a senior advisor in NAB’s internal investment banking and corporate advisory department. Before joining NAB, Mr Carroll worked for companies involved in the agricultural sector including Monsanto Agricultural Products and a biotechnology venture capital company. He comes from a family who has been involved in farming for over 150 years and has his own property in western Victoria. Mike holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from La Trobe University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Business School. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Boston and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Episode 10: Jack and Jen Roxburgh - teamwork

    Jack and Jen Roxburgh, from Coomete in Western Victoria, run one of Vic­toria’s longest continually held family farms. Coomete was selected in 1860 and has never been sold. The operation is fairly evenly split between beef cattle­, sheep and crops. This multifaceted business is only possible because they run it together as a team, with both of them playing different roles and tapping into their different skill sets.

  • Episode 9: Alison Van Eenennaam - cultured meat

    Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology at the University of California. Alison has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, a Masters in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics. The mission of her extension program is “to provide research and education on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems”.

    Alison has given over 700 presentations and is the recipient of many awards for her work. Determined to get the facts out there and understood, Alison is a passionate truth seeker, who uses a multitude of media to inform the general public about science and technology.

    In this episode, Alison explains the complexities and difficulties in the production of cultured meat. We already have the perfect system for producing meat - the cow! The rumen has a magical super power - taking inedible forage and turning it into a product suitable for human consumption.

  • Episode 8 - Thomas McDonald - Mentors, Masterpieces and Milking Sheep

    Thomas Macdonald was the winner of the prestigious Zanda McDonald award in 2018. A third-generation dairy farmer from Gordonton in the Waikato, he has a strong desire to see New Zealand products championed on the world stage. He is the General Manager of Milk Supply for Spring Sheep, a growing dairy company specialising in nutritional products from NZ sheep milk. Thomas has a Masters of Management (First Class Honours) in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Business, Agribusiness and Finance. He is also involved with several groups exploring new and alternative land uses in New Zealand.

  • Episode 7 - George King - Triple Bottom Line

    George King is the Managing Director of “The Whitney Pastoral Company” and the fifth generation to live at historic "Coombing Park" in central west NSW. George is a passionate regenerative farmer and an outspoken advocate for agriculture. He has a fascinating and rational insight into agricultural topics and concerns.

  • Episode 6 - David Beggs - Animal Welfare

    Dr. David Beggs has been a vet in Warrnambool for over 30 years. He is a senior lecturer in Cattle Medicine at Melbourne University, Editor in Chief of the Australian Veterinary Journal and has a Ph.D. in animal welfare. David is currently undertaking research into dairy cattle medicine, reproduction and animal welfare. A witty raconteur, he engages in all of these topics with a great deal of insight and understanding. The focus of episode 6 of RawAg is on animal welfare, we hope you enjoy listening.

  • Episode 5 - Susie Chisholm

    Susie Chisholm is a passionate cattle farmer from Adelong in NSW. Susie moved to her property, Gwalia in 1984 with her husband, who died not long after the move. Susie has been running the operation ever since. An advocate for performance recording and data capture, Susie has built her herd into what it is today, and knowing her, she won’t rest on her laurels. A joyful and enthusiastic farmer, it is my pleasure to introduce Susie Chisholm to the Raw Ag podcast.

    Find out more about Susie and her operation at Gwalia on our website: https://www.temaniaangus.com/team-te-mania/members/gwalia.

  • Episode 4 - Nic Kentish - Low Stress Stock Handling

    Nic Kentish was born in 1964 and raised on his families' farm near Mt. Gambier in South Australia. After leaving school, Nic set about pursuing a career that often led him "somewhere east of the sunrise". Now settled in the Adelaide Hills with his wife Alexi and three children, Nic combines his passions for livestock and people in pretty much everything he does. He is a facilitator for Resource Consulting Services and a trainer at Low Stress Stockhandling Schools. He does all this with skill and humour.

    Head to lss.net.au to find out more.

  • Episode 3 - Fiona Conroy - Carbon Neutral Farming

    Fiona Conroy and her husband Cam Nicholson, run a mixed farming enterprise in south western Victoria. Their journey to a carbon neutral farm began over 25 years ago and this episode highlights how they have been able to achieve carbon neutrality, increased productivity, soil health and biodiversity on their farm.

    You can find out more about Fiona and Knewleave on our website: https://www.temaniaangus.com/team-te-mania/members/knewleave-partnership.

  • Episode 2 - Dr David Johnston - Genetic Gain

    In our second episode of RawAg, we are chatting with David Johnston, Principal Scientist at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit in Armidale NSW. David has a Doctorate of Philosophy, a Master of Rural Science and a Bachelor of Rural Science. He is currently involved in some very exciting research focused on improving the reproductive rates of cattle in the north. David explains why capturing and using data is so important for improving the genetic gain and resultant profitability of the national beef herd.

    Find out more about David's work on our website or head to agbu.une.edu.au for more information.

  • Episode 1 - Dr Terry McCosker - Loving the Land

    Dr Terry McCosker is the founder and Director of Resource Consulting Services (RCS), he is an internationally acclaimed teacher and has worked in research, extension and property management in both government and private sectors for 45 years.

    In this episode, Terry talks to us about loving the land, his deep connection with the environment and the resultant solutions that can be found for many agricultural issues throughout Australia.

    More information on Dr Terry McCosker can be found at rcsaustralia.com.au

  • Trailer

    RawAg is your link to the food chain – and every episode will take you somewhere along that chain. From conception to consumption, you will hear from the cutting-edge players in Australian agriculture with industry news, unique views and presentations. We can all be better farmers, sustainable, regenerative, and innovative. We can all be more informed and aware consumers. And RawAg, brought to you by Te Mania Angus, is your next big step in that direction.

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