2019 Conference and Tour

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Hugh Killen

CEO, Australian Agricultural Company

Opening keynote speaker

Presenting the bigger picture is the focus of SESSION 1 of DAY 2 with Hugh Killen, CEO of AACo. AACo is one of the most recognised companies in the Australian beef industry, and owner of one of the world’s largest herds of Wagyu.

Wagyu genetics have been an integral and long-standing part of the company’s premium branded beef strategy, and AACo’s CEO Hugh Killen will give our keynote address on what the future holds for the company.

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Hon Mr Simon Crean

Independent chairman, ALEC

Closing keynote speaker

The Hon. Mr Simon Crean is an independent chairman of ALEC, first elected in October 2014, and re-elected for subsequent terms in 2016 and 2018.

Mr Crean served as the Member for Hotham in the Australian Parliament from 1990, retiring at the 2013 election. During this time, Mr Crean was leader of the Australian Labor Party and Federal Leader of the Opposition and held various ministerial portfolios. He served as Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Minister for Trade and Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government. Prior to joining politics, Simon worked in a number of trade unions and was President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 1985 to 1990.

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Bryce Camm

ALFA President

Bryce Camm hails from Dalby in Queensland’s Darling Downs region where he oversees his family’s company Camm Agricultural Group; an integrated beef and cropping enterprise with interests across Queensland. Bryce has been CEO of the group for the past two years.

Prior to that, he was the Manager of the group’s award-winning Wonga Plains Feedlot for eight years where he oversaw the operation triple in size. Bryce undertook a dual degree in Business Administration and Communications at Bond University.

Bryce is currently the Chairman of Beef Australia Ltd and President of the Australian Lot Feeders Council

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Keith Hammond

Owner / Director, Robbins Island Wagyu

As a former AWA President, Keith’s knowledge of the Australian Wagyu industry and the Association is extensive. One of the first to import genetics from the US and to develop a fullblood herd, the Hammonds are familiar with the challenges and rewards that come with Wagyu cattle.

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Dr Damian Frank

Research Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Damian Frank will be addressing the quality attributes underpinning flavour in Wagyu. Dr. Frank is a Project Leader in the Sensory, Flavour and Consumer Science group within Agriculture & Food based in CSIRO, Sydney. He is involved in strategic and commercial research projects in a range of areas including flavour and nutrient chemistry, sensory and consumer research.

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Andrew Cox

Regional Manager - Japan and Korea, MLA

Andrew Cox is MLA’s in-country expert for Japan and will speak  on key international market forces and opportunities for Wagyu producers. Andrew has been based in Japan for many years and brings to MLA a wealth of knowledge on consumer research and marketing brand strategy and has been an invaluable resource for the Association with regard to Wagyu in Japan.

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Berry Reynolds

Mort & Co

Berry Reynolds is the Private Client Manager with one of Australia’s largest feedlotting companies, Mort & Co based in Toowoomba, Qld. He is responsible for the company’s expanding Wagyu and Angus mid fed programs along with establishing and maintaining strong business relationships with Mort & Co’s key producer network.

He has a strong background in livestock breeding, genetics, client and member services, and has a strong commercial acumen. He accrued this experience while owning and operating his Red Angus stud herd, IBR, which he dispersed in June 2014 upon commencement in his role at Mort & Co.

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Andrew Malloy

Livestock Procurement Manager, Rangers Valley

Andrew Malloy, Livestock Procurement Manager for Rangers Valley Feedlot, commenced working for Rangers Valley in June 2017. He is responsible for overseeing the procurement of approx. 55,000 head of cattle per year including up to 25,000 head of Wagyu.

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience across varying areas within the rural-based agribusiness industry. He has spent more than half his career managing large scale cattle feedlots including the transition of management during the purchase of Rockdale Beef feedlot by JBS Australia in 2010.

He also has experience in the sales and marketing of nutrition and veterinary based products, most recently as the Business Manager for Feedlots for Zoetis Australia.

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Steve Martin

General Manager Operations, Kerwee Feedlot

Steve is General Manager of Kerwee Lot Feeders at Jondaryan, Queensland. An ALFA Board member, the former winner of the ALFA lotfeeder of the year award and recent graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership program.

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Mr Tadaharu (Bully) Kohno

Japanese representative, BeefCentral

A retired meat trader, Bully Kohno has extensive experience in Australia’s meat industry importing Australian beef into Japan for the premium retail chain, Meidi-Ya.

In addition to his more than 30 years with Meidi-Ya, Mr Kohno worked for a meat wholesale and catering company affiliated with Itoham Foods. He is a graduate of Meiji University, Japan with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and post-graduation spent time as a trainee with the West Australian Meat Export Works. Mr Kohno now is the Japan representative for media outlet, BeefCentral.

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Jason Lewis

Jac Wagyu

Jason is a passionate and driven fourth-generation farmer. After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Jason returned to the family farm to transition from Angus to F1 Wagyu production, developing the Jac Wagyu brand of beef.

The company has continued to grow and evolve into an established domestic and international brand while moving toward a fullblood production system with genetic improvement and the establishment of their own feedlot.

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JoJo Carrales

Vice President of Cattle at HeartBrand Beef

JoJo Carrales is vice president of cattle at HeartBrand Beef in the US and leads the company’s cattle operations.

Heartbrand has been part of the US Wagyu industry since 1998, specialising in the Akaushi strain of red Wagyu and are seedstock sellers around the world. The branded beef program focuses on DNA and source verification as well as feeding the cattle through a natural program. The ranch to table concept has gained significant interest, but the consistency of quality products has been the driving force of HeartBrands beef program growth.

JoJo has a Masters degree in Agriculture from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor in Animal Science from Texas A&M and has previously been a livestock judging coach and agricultural educator.

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Brad Walmsley

livestock research officer, livestock research officer at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit

Brad Walmsley is a livestock research officer at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), NSW DPIs joint venture with the University of New England (UNE). Brad is responsible for the R&D in breeding objectives and selection indexes for beef cattle including the continued development and support of industry application of the BreedObject technology. Brad originally joined the NSW Department of Primary Industries in 2008 as a livestock research officer in the animal production unit.

He had a strong involvement in the phenotypic prediction and maternal productivity programs of the former Cooperative Research Center for Beef Genetic Technologies. Brad has also been involved in research for divergent selection for visual muscle score.

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Anna Speer

Chief Operating Officer, AACo

Anna Speer was appointed Chief Operating Officer in August 2018.

Prior to joining AACo, Anna was CEO of AuctionsPlus, where she was responsible for growing the business into Australia’s largest marketplace for livestock, facilitating the exchange of over $830 million in livestock each year. Anna was previously General Manager of agricultural technology firm, Livestock Exchange. She has deep experience in the pastoral industry, including as Stud Registrar of Consolidated Pastoral Company’s Newcastle Waters station.

She holds a Bachelor of Science, as well as a Bachelor of Primary and Secondary Education, as well as being a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the University of Sydney’s Global Executive MBA program.

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Todd Andrews

Beef Development Officer, NSW DPI

Todd Andrews is currently Beef Development Officer at the Armidale Livestock Industries Centre and has a background in research and extension of cattle, pastures and crops. After completing a PhD in weed control in coastal beef pastures at UNE he worked with the Universities of Manitoba and Alberta in crop weed control, and later with Manitoba Agriculture as Provincial weed specialist.

Returning from Canada in 2003, Todd was a Research Agronomist at the Orange Agricultural Institute until 2005, when he was appointed as NSW DPI Livestock Beef Cattle Officer at Scone in the Hunter Valley. Since 2013 Todd has been involved in project work, (including climate change mitigation, beef market compliance), training courses and is updating NSW DPI Drought publications.

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Catriona Millen

Technical Officer, Southern Beef Technology Services

Catriona Millen is a technical officer with Southern Beef Technology Services (SBTS), a joint initiative of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI) and 14 breed societies, including the Australian Wagyu Association.

SBTS provides the Southern Australian beef industry with extension services and technical support to maximise understanding and use of genetic technologies, including BREEDPLAN.

Catriona holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours), has previous experience in genetics research and has been with SBTS since 2015.

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Alan Hoey

Wagyu Genetics Consultant

With more than 25 year’s experience in the Wagyu industry, including breeding and feedlots, Alan Hoey is well-versed in understanding what makes Wagyu tick. Focusing on building and testing genetic lines Alan is able to see the proof in carcases and data records.

As a Genetic Consultant Alan has developed a Fit for Purpose Model matching the needs of the individual Wagyu Cattle Breeder both here in Australia and internationally.  

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Laird Morgan

Owner/Director, Arubial Wagyu and Lillyvale Feedlot

Laird Morgan is the Co-Owner and Director of Arubial P/L operating four properties in the Condamine area incorporating 20,000 acres as well as operating the 12,000 SCU Lillyvale Feedlot. Laird ’s background is in feedlotting, broadacre farming and seedstock production.

Laird’s association with the Wagyu breed started four years ago at the 2015 Wagyu World Congress at Yeppoon. With his background, and belief in performance herd recording, he has taken the Arubial herd from zero to joining 850 fullblood females this year.

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Anthony Winter

Manager, Macquarie Downs

Anthony Winter and his wife, Chantal have been the operating managers at Macquarie Downs, Queensland producing the well-respected brand, Macquarie Wagyu since 2009. With a background in cattle breeding and feedlot fattening, Anthony has qualifications in Stock and Meat Inspection and extensive experience working on ranches in the US. His background with Elders as merchandise manager has given him valuable experience in marketing and technical knowledge of animal health products.

Anthony’s skills in analysis and dedication to data collection, including being an early adopter of submitting data to BREEDPLAN is taking the Macquarie Wagyu label into a bright future and cementing their devotion to product excellence.

Gina Lincoln

Lincoln Farm Management

A consultant to the beef industry, Gina has extensive experience in feedlot management and fullblood herds, having spent 12 years as general manager of Peechelba Beef Feedlot and seven years with Blackmore Wagyu overseeing the breeding, feeding and operations of the company.

Gina utilises her strong connection to cattle to focus on the day to day management of cattle particularly focusing on a whole of life, health and husbandry to achieve the best results possible for the herd.