Consultative Committees

Following the Angus Australia Board meeting conducted on 14-15th July 2016 in Dubbo NSW, Angus Australia is pleased to announce the composition of three Consultative Committees for Angus BREEDPLAN, the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program and Angus Youth.

These consultative committees will provide a mechanism to obtain structured feedback of ideas and suggestions from members. The consultative committees will assist the Angus Australia Board of Directors and management in developing strategies and policies that ensure Angus Australia’s programs meet the current and future requirements of members.

The composition of the consultative committees is as follows:

Angus BREEDPLAN Consultative Committee

James Laurie
James Laurie (Chair) – Knowla Livestock

James is the fourth generation co-principal at Knowla Livestock at Gloucester NSW. James is the Angus Australia NSW State Committee President. James has been breeding Angus seedstock since 1994 in conjunction with a 800 cow commercial crossbred herd. They held their first on property sale in 2009, now selling at least 60 performance recorded bulls annually.

Frank Archer
Frank Archer – Landfall Angus

Frank is the fourth generation co-principal of Landfall Angus based in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, breeding 1600 registered females annually. Self replacing herd, raising all replacement females and marketing 400 bulls annually. Frank manages the breeding, animal husbandry, production and marketing programs of their Angus seedstock herd.

Sinclair Munro – Booroomooka Angus

Sinclair Munro is the fifth generation to manage The Munro family’s property Keera, located near Bingara in northern NSW.  Keera is the home of Booroomooka Angus which is one of the largest and most innovative in studs in Australia.  Sinclair manages all aspects of the stud with attention to detail in producing high quality bulls to meet customer requirements.  Prior to 1996, Sinclair studied at The University of Sydney obtaining a Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics and worked for NH Foods Australia.

Bryan Corrigan
Bryan Corrigan – Rennylea Angus

Bryan has bred the Rennylea herd since 1968. His focus on returns for the commercial producer has produced the genetic profile of the Rennylea herd today. Bryan has been breeding angus cattle all his adult life, and seedstock since the early 1980s. Bryan’s cattle have been recorded since the start of Group Breedplan and the herd was initially APR cattle. Bryan has 1,400 performance recorded cows and sells 500 bulls annually.

Lindsay Wolrige (ex-officio)
Director – Angus Australia & Breed Development & Extension Committee Chair

Andrew Byrne (ex-officio)

Angus Australia Breed Development & Extension Manager – Angus Australia

Angus Sire Benchmarking Consultative Committee

Ross Thompson
Ross Thompson (Chair) – Millah Murrah Angus

Ross is owner and operator of Millah Murrah Angus based near Bathurst, NSW. The Millah Murrah herd produces around 400 registered calves annually. Millah Murrah have nominated 12 bulls in the ASBP since its inception.

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Stephen Handbury – Anvil Angus

Stephen is owner of Anvil Angus located near Acheron, VIC. The Anvil herd produces around 600 registered calves annually. Anvil have nominated 5 bulls in the ASBP since its inception.

David Murray
David Murray – Kilburnie Angus

David is owner of Kilburnie Angus located near Walcha, NSW. The Kilburnie herd produces around 200 registered calves annually. Kilburnie have nominated 7 bulls in the ASBP since its inception.

Steve Chase
Stephen Chase – Waitara Angus

Stephen is owner and operator of Waitara Angus near Trangie, NSW. The Waitara herd produces around 160 registered calves annually. Their commercial herd of 320 females is utilised as an ASBP co-operator cow herd.

Richard Puddicombe – Parwaway Pastoral Company

Richard is the Manager of Burindi Station, located near Barraba NSW. The 8,330 hectare property focuses on breeding Angus commercial cattle with around 500 Angus females utilised each year in the ASBP program.

Keith Howe – Rangers Valley Feedlot

Keith is the Chief Executive Officer of Rangers Valley Feedlot, Glen Innes, NSW. Keith recently replaced Don Mackay to lead up the high quality branded beef producer and large scale NSW feedlot Rangers Valley. Prior to this Keith was Executive Director of Top Cut Foods, a subsidiary of the Simplot Group.

Hamish Chandler, sheep genetics consultant.
Hamish Chandler – Meat and Livestock Australia

MLA Representative





Libby Creek (ex-officio)

Angus Australia President

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Sam White (ex-officio)

Director – Angus Australia & Strategic Projects Committee Chair

Peter Parnell (ex-officio)

Angus Australia Chief Executive Officer

Christian Duff (ex-officio)

Angus Australia Strategic Projects Manager

Nick Butcher (ex-officio)

Angus Australia ASBP Project Officer

Angus Youth Consultative Committee

Laura Grubb

Laura lives in Biloela QLD. Laura believes that her time in the Angus Youth program has provided a strong foundation and opened doors to her outside of Angus, including being selected as a representative of youth in agriculture for the 2015 United Nations Committee on World Food Security in Rome, Italy, as well as her current position with Teys Australia.

James Knight

Originally from Melbourne, James has completed a Bachelor of Rural Science at the UNE. James has held many roles in the commercial cattle and cropping industries in VIC. After 4 years in Melbourne James has now moved to manage his wife’s family farm and Angus breeding and backgrounding business.

Hannah Powe

Hannah completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in 2015 and is furthering her study by undertaking a Masters of Teaching (secondary) at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Hannahhas been involved with Angus Youth for a number of years, as an Ambassador a member of the former Angus Youth Management Committee and most recently won the Trans Tasman Exchange Scholarship.

Dean Fredricksen – Angus Australia National Director

Dean is the principal of Dalwhinnie Angus, which he runs alongside wife Anne and children, Kristen, Taine and Holly.  Dean has been breeding registered Angus cattle for 12 years.

Candice Liddle (ex-officio)
Angus Australia Youth Development & Education Officer


Angus World Forum Consultative Committee

Mark Gubbins (Chair)

Mark runs a fourth generation mixed farming enterprise near Chatsworth Vic. As part of this operation Mark has run the Coolana Angus stud for over 30 years, with bull sales held in both Victoria and South Australia.

Most recently with family succession in mind, the Coolana Stud was dispersed and Mark will continue to breed commercial Angus cattle.

Mark served as President of Angus Australia from 2011-2013.

Libby Creek

Libby has extensive experience within both the seedstock and commercial beef industry and has been a member of the South Australian Angus State Committee for twenty one years.

Libby and her husband Bruce, managed the well-known Angus stud, The Basin for eighteen years and The Basin’s dispersal, the Creek’s took on the role of business managers for Hillcrest Pastoral Company, a commercial cattle operation running 2,500 Angus and Angus cross females in the south east of South Australia

Libby is the current President of Angus Australia.

Mike Gadd

Mike and his wife Joy run The Glen Pastoral Co a 750-hectare property, near Walwa Vic that supports up to 500 breeding cows, plus heifer replacements, sale bulls and steers and heifers which are grown out for feedlots or processing for Meat Standards Australia-graded beef. This year will mark the 47th Annual On property Sale for The Glen.

Mike served as President of Angus Australia from 2013-2015.

Dennis Ginn

Dennis owns Yancowinna Angus, a 400 head breeding herd, established in 1998 at Cape Paterson Vic, with annual bull sales run in autumn and spring.

Dennis is also a Director and Licensed Estate Agent for Alex Scott and Staff in Inverloch Vic.

Dennis served as President of Angus Australia from 2004-2006.

Brad Gilmour

Brad Gilmour has been an Angus Australia member for 21 years and runs a large commercial Angus operation near Boorcan Vic.

Brad and his wife Marg provided one of the co-operator herds for the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program across five cohorts from 2011.

Brad has been involved in the Angus Victorian State Committee for several years and is the current Vice President of Angus Australia.

Diana Wood (ex-officio)

Angus Australia Marketing & Communications Manager.

Peter Parnell (ex-officio)

Angus Australia Chief Executive Officer.

Northern Development Consultative Committee

Johnathan Schmidt – Burenda Angus, Dalby,  QLD

“A large percentage of the Australian breeder herd is based north of the Tropic of Capricorn, and this has traditionally been a Bos Indicus area. Hence there is huge scope for cross breeding with Angus genetics to improve fertility and carcase traits to help meet market suitability.”

Brett Guest – Clunie Range Angus, Coolatai,   NSW

“The Northern industry is principally made up of cattle breeders that achieve 100% of their income from cattle. They are well educated on the industry and are very astute. They do not respond to being preached to by “southerners” who don’t understand their requirements. More than anything this committee needs to gather information and build understanding. We know from experience the performance results by using Angus genetics can be spectacular and can be maintained long term.”

Ben Mayne – Texas Angus, Warialda,   NSW

“As meat quality is gaining momentum in the north, Bos Indicus breeders are sourcing Bos Taurus breeds to improve their carcase quality traits of their herds.  Angus Australia and its members are at the forefront of the industry for performance recording, the leader in genomics and the breed is recognised worldwide for its meat quality and excellent maternal traits. “

Ben Noller – Polgrove Ultrablacks, Dalveen,   QLD

“With direction through an initiative such as the Northern Development program, the Angus breed and genetics can make further inroads into the northern Australia beef herds. This will ultimately expand new markets for Angus breeders and positively impact the Australian beef industry by increasing productivity & profitability through traits relating to meat quality and fertility.”

Simon Falkiner – Murdeduke Angus, Winchelsea,  VIC

“Experience gained over 15 years of supplying Angus bulls into Western and Central Queensland has shown us that there are great benefits to be achieved for all concerned from the infusion Angus genetics into Northern herds. Northern producers can reap the fertility, temperament and performance benefits, regularly remarking that they “can’t believe how many calves hit the ground so quickly, how much those calves weigh at weaning and how easily they wean”.