New Genetic Evaluation Consultative Committee Announced

July 13, 2021 2:24 pm

Angus Australia is pleased to announce the composition of the Genetic Evaluation Consultative Committee for the next two years.  

Existing committee members, Sinclair Munro, Booroomooka Angus, Frank Archer, Landfall Angus, and Mandy Wales, Alloura Angus, will be joined by new committee members, Julian Carroll, Black Star Angus, Ruth Corrigan, Rennylea Angus, Jodie Foster, Boonaroo Angus, Wendy Mayne, Texas Angus, and Ross Thompson, Millah Murrah Angus.  

James Laurie, Knowla Angus, Bryan Corrigan, Rennylea Angus, and Bea Bradley Litchfield, Hazeldean Angus have retired from the committee, while Sinclair Munro will take the reins as the chair of the committee.

The Genetic Evaluation Consultative Committee provides a forum for consultation between users of Angus Australia’s genetic evaluation services and the Angus Australia Board of Directors and management team.  Importantly, the committee communicates and represents the views and requirements of leading users of the TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation in relation to the operation, implementation of improvements, and future development needs of Angus Australia’s genetic evaluation services. 

Andrew Byrne, Breed Development and Extension Manager looks forward to working with the committee over the next two years and explained how pleased Angus Australia was with the number and calibre of members who expressed an interest in being of the committee. 

“The committee has vast experience and knowledge in the breeding of Angus cattle, and their feedback will be of great value in improving the genetic evaluation services that are available to both seedstock and commercial Angus breeders in Australia”. Mr Byrne said. 

Further background on the members of the new Genetic Evaluation Consultative Committee is provided below: 

 

 Sinclair Munro – Booroomooka Angus – Chair 

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.  Booroomooka Angus was established in 1926, has over 1000 Herd Book Registered Females and a large commercial angus herd. 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. 

 

 

 


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Frank Archer – Landfall Angus 

Frank is the co-principal of the Landfall Angus herd based in Tasmania. Landfall Angus was established in 1948 and is a foundation member of Angus Breedplan. The Landfall breeding herd now consists of more than 2000 registered females producing genetics for their clients across South-Eastern Australia. Frank is serving his third term on the Genetic Evaluation Consultative Committee and is passionate to see the future development and sustainability of the Angus breed in Australia. 

 

 

 

 

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Julian Carroll – Black Star Angus 

Julian and his family breed seedstock and commercial Angus cattle in Mudgegonga in NE Victoria. Black Star Angus was established in 2011 while the commercial herd first embraced Angus genetics in the 1930’s. Julian is the Central Victorian Regional Chair for the Southern Livestock Research Council (SALRC) and also represents SALRC on the Red Meat Panel for MLA. Prior to returning the family farm, Julian spent 20 years in Melbourne working mostly with IT start-ups and consultancies. 

 

 

 

 

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Ruth Corrigan – Rennylea Angus 

Ruth Corrigan is the 5th generation at Rennylea and is the Breeding and Genetics Manager, working alongside her parents Bryan and Lucinda and younger brother Anthony. Rennylea record 1500 cows annually and market 500 bulls into the commercial industry. Ruth has a Degree in Livestock Science (Hons) through UNE and a post graduate certificate in Agriculture and Climate Change through Melbourne Uni. 

 

 

 

 

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Jodie Foster – Boonaroo Angus 

Jodie Foster farms Boonaroo Angus with her husband Shane in Western Victoria, running 500 stud cows alongside their prime lamb producing ewe flock on 4000 acres.  Jodie has been breeding Angus cattle for 18 years and has been in the stud cattle industry for 35 years. Boonaroo conducts an annual bull sale and sells 150 bulls annually.  Jodie has had 8 years experience on the National Murray Grey Board,  Technical Committee and as the Youth Development Officer. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wendy Mayne – Texas Angus 

Wendy grew up on a shorthorn stud in the Riverina NSW and along with her husband, Ben, are joint principals of  Texas Angus. The stud currently has 700 breeders and sells 300 bulls annually. All breeding decisions are made by both Wendy and Ben.  Wendy is responsible for the development and implementation of Texas’s marketing program including, social media, print, web, and all photography and videography. She also inseminates 85% of all Texas females and analyses all the data from the steers and heifers that are benchmarked in industry relevant feeder and carcase trials plus manages the herd data system.  Wendy completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Melbourne University and worked in Beef Marketing at MLA for a number of years. 

 

 

 

 

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Ross Thompson – Millah Murrah Angus 

Ross Thompson is principal of Millah Murah Angus, Bathurst. Ross has been a seedstock and commercial producer since 1993.  He and his wife Dimity have three daughters.  Ross has been a user of Breedplan/TACE user since its inception and is a past Chairman of the NSW State Committee, past Chairman of the Angus Sure Benchmarking Program Consultative Committee, and a past member of the Angus Australia Marketing Consultative Committee.  Ross has a Bachelor of Economics Degree. 

 

 

 

 

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Mandy Wales – Alloura Angus 

Together with her husband, Mandy established Alloura Angus in 2000.  Alloura Angus now have around 300 stud breeders and produce and market females, bulls and semen. Mandy is responsible for the genetic planning and marketing activities and has a number of tertiary qualifications with a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Demography and currently is a PhD Candidate in Population Health. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jock Hughes – Cluden Newry Angus (ex-officio) 

Angus Australia Breed Development & Extension Committee Chair 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Byrne (ex-officio) 

Angus Australia Breed Development & Extension Manager 

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