Message from the Chair

Perth, Western Australia, has been chosen as the city to host Australia’s premier lamb industry event, LambEx 2018, on August 5-7, 2018.

Western Australia has a strong and passionate sheep industry and LambEx 2018 will provide local and national producers with the opportunity to promote their work and get insights into how they can continue to build their businesses.

LambEx attracts more than 900 delegates and 60 exhibitors and is a great opportunity to promote Australia’s world-class lamb industry. All sectors of the lamb industry have come together to build on the event’s previous success and ensure the Australian sheep and lamb industry continues its proud tradition of showcasing its industry.

I’m excited by the opportunity to lead the organising committee to deliver a fantastic event that showcases our industry.

Bindi Murray

Chair, LambEx 2018

LambEx 2018 Committee

Bindi Murray

Chair LambEx 2018 / Producer

Bindi runs the livestock enterprise on the family sheep and cropping property at Woodanilling, mating 8500 ewes per year. Bindi previously worked as a Sheep Genetics Researcher and in a State farming organisation before returning to the family farm in 2007. She is a proud and passionate farmer as well as an active member in her industry and community.

Contact Bindi on 0409 347 299 and email

Kathleen Allan

Sheepmeat Council of Australia (and Producer)

Kathleen is a fifth-generation farmer and lives with her family on a property near Yass in southern NSW, where they run a self-replacing, superfine Merino flock and operate an award-winning small business farm animal resource management (farm) – an agricultural education business. Kathleen has a Bachelor of Rural Science with Honours from the University of New England. She majored in animal health and sheep and wool production. Kathleen has worked in a number of regulatory, program management and policy roles with the Australian government in Canberra. She has worked in animal welfare, agvet chemical regulation, food policy and water management. Kathleen has been the Industry Leadership and Communication Manager with the Sheepmeat Council of Australia since September 2015.

Esther Jones

Sheep Alliance of WA

Esther Jones is the former principal of EPP Events – a national agricultural events management company whose list of credits and achievements included co-founding LambEx in 2010. Esther sold her event management company in 2014 as part of a major life change, including getting married and relocating to Denmark on the south coast of WA. She is now working in various project management/contract roles across the ag sector, particularly in the sheep and dairy industries. She is consulting to several organisations to provide advice and support in developing conference and workshop programs. She is loving the opportunity to ‘give back’ and be part of the development of LambEx 2018 via her role with the Sheep Alliance.

Jackie Kyte

Meat & Livestock Australia – Major Sponsor

Jackie recently commenced work with Meat & Livestock Australia as their Events and Sponsorship Officer. For the past 10 years Jackie has run her own business specialising in the management of conference and events and providing secretariat services to various agricultural organisations.

Deanna Lush

AgCommunicators – Conference Organiser (and Producer)

Deanna is a journalist, editor and communicator specialising in primary production, natural resources and agripolitics. In 2016, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study communication and engagement methods to improve the understanding of agriculture – both in rural and metropolitan audiences. Deanna holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and maintains an active membership with the organisation. Deanna and her husband Steen Paech farm in South Australia, cropping cereals, pulses and oilseeds, and running sheep and “a handful” of cattle over 4000 hectares at Palmer.

Holly Ludeman

Harmony Agriculture and Food

Holly has a strong technical and practical skill set with undergraduate degrees in agricultural science and veterinary science combined with working experience in the veterinary practice, livestock and agricultural sector. While she’s a scientist on paper, Holly can turn her hand to anything – her passion is problem solving and finding systems for efficiency, consistency and good outcomes from good processes. Holly thinks more can be achieved by being part of a business, and by driving best practices in animal welfare through highly trained people in all parts of the supply chain. Embracing innovation and technology and engaging with all stakeholders and industry to ensure transparency is fundamental to how she works.

Graeme Martin

The University of WA

Graeme Martin was born in WA where he grew up on a sheep and wheat farm. He has a degree in Agricultural Science and a PhD from The University of Western Australia (UWA). After graduating, he worked for two years in France and three years in Scotland, and then returned to WA to work at CSIRO and UWA. He was promoted to Professor in 2001. For 40 years, he has studied the way the brain controls reproduction in farm animals. Recently, however, he has focussed on broader issues, leading ‘UWA Future Farm 2050’, a major international project that confronts the greatest issue facing humanity – the need to feed the people without destroying the planet.

Beth Paganoni

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development -Major Sponsor

Beth grew up on a farm in East Broomehill cutting cut her research teeth working on the Lifetime Wool Project. After far too much education, some intense mentoring and a light diploma in life skills she is back working for the state department in sheep reproduction. Recently, Beth has become involved in the application of sensors to livestock. This is an exciting area of new technology that could fast-track the genetic progress of our state flock.

John Smoker

Muresk Institute

John is the Manager of Business Development at Muresk Institute, responsible for promoting Muresk as a multi-tenanted, multi-use site offering skills development opportunities, industry courses, Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and skill sets to regional communities, Agriculture Colleges, Schools and the Higher Education Sector. Muresk also operates an 898-hectare farm. John has a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Manager, an Advanced Diploma in Business Management, a Diploma in Training and Assessment, Front Line Management and Project Management. His achievements include being a finalist in both the 2014 and 2016 Premiers Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management, Improving Aboriginal Outcomes 2014 and Revitalising the Regions 2016.

Clayton South

Producer

Clayton farms with partner Polly and their three young boys on a 4900-hectare cropping & sheep farm near Wagin. Growing wheat, barley, oats, canola and lupins along with a 7500 ewe self-replacing Dohne Merino flock. An interest in technology and trying to maximise production while maintaining efficiencies are seeing the cropping operation transitioning to CTF and variable rate applications while the entire ewe flock is run commercially with EID tags and individual data management.

Josh Sweeny

Milne AgriGroup

Josh spent his early childhood years in country towns helping his friends on their farms with sheep husbandry duties and this built his passion for working with livestock. This passion has blossomed into his current role as the Nutritionist for Milne Feeds, following graduation from Murdoch University in 2012 after completing a PhD on prime lamb production, molecular DNA technologies and internal parasites. He has also gained valuable experience from ‘both sides of the fence’, with research in Dorpers, prime lambs & pigs! He sees LambEx 2018 as a tremendous opportunity to give back to sheep growers, encouraging valuable networking & celebration of innovative advancements within the Australian sheep industry.

Rebecca Jeisman

AgCommunicators – Conference Organiser

Rebecca is a multi-skilled communication and event manager with experience across a range of rural and metropolitan projects. Her background includes a Bachelor of Business Management (Tourism) and 12 years’ in regional tourism, community and economic development, and the convention and events industry. Rebecca now combines her skills in communication and events to engage and build capacity of those in the agricultural community by managing AgCommunicators’ multi-day conferences and workshops. She understands farming life, having grown up on a cereal and sheep property in the South Australian Mallee.