The Preliminary PPPE 2018 programme is now available.

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Plenary Session 1


Dr Rebecca Athorn

Sally Isberg

Doing something different for work experience during her University of Sydney Agriculture degree led Sally down an unexpected career path into crocodiles. This emerging industry exuded obvious potential soon leading to a PhD project in crocodile genetics.

After completing her PhD, Sally was recruited to Darwin Crocodile Farm (DCF) as their chief scientist working on ways to improve production efficiency and productivity.

Since then, Sally’s company, the Centre for Crocodile Research, was created through a DCF restructure. The Centre consults to the crocodile industry and is internationally regarded for developing relationships with government and universities to produce crocodilians more ethically, economically and sustainably.

Dr Rebecca Athorn

Dr Rebecca Athorn

Rebecca graduated with a bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) – Animal Studies from The University of Queensland in 2007.

After completing her undergraduate studies, Rebecca commenced a PhD at the University of Adelaide which she completed in 2012. Her thesis investigated the effects of feeding level and diet composition during early gestation on reproductive outcomes in gilts.

Rebecca was one of the first recipients of the Pork CRC HIAP industry placement program and joined Rivalea Australia as a research scientist under the program in 2012.

In October 2017, Rebecca joined Australian Pork Limited as Manager, Production Innovation.

 

 

Plenary Session 2


Dr Mark Henryon

Dr Mark Henryon

Mark’s main area of interest has been animal breeding and genetics with emphasis on improving the genetics of livestock and fish species used in commercial production.

Mark received his Bachelor and PhD (Animal Science) from the University of Western Australia. He left Perth to take up a position with the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Aarhus University (formerly the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences). The faculty is Denmark’s largest research organisation within the agriculture and food sector, and an international leader within plant and animal research.

After 12 years at Aarhus University, Mark became a Senior Scientist at SEGES, Danish Pig Research Centre in Denmark. Danish Pig Production represents the political, research, and development interests of the pig industry in Denmark. Here, he is developing and introducing new genetic methods that will make Danish pig production even more competitive on the international scene.

Dr Steve Pollman

Dr Steve Pollman

Raised on a small farm in Central Utah, Dr Steven Pollmann has five children and 16 grandchildren and is the owner of DSP Consulting LLC. His previous positions have included Senior Vice President, Support Operations, Murphy-Brown LLC; President, Western Operations of Murphy-Brown LLC; Director of Operations of Western Operations; General Manager of Circle Four Farms in UT; Vice President of Research and Technology for Consolidated Nutrition (previously Central Soya); Extension Swine Specialist at Kansas State University. He holds a BS in Animal Science from Utah State University, and a MS and PhD in Swine Nutrition from University of Nebraska. Dr Pollmann has been awarded the 2012 Master Pork Industry Leader and Chairman of Animal Science Committee at the National Pork Board.

Mr David Speller

Mr David Speller

In 2004, with no experience in poultry, David bought an existing but ageing broiler poultry business. After a short period the site was re-developed to embrace the latest technology and improve efficiencies. Over the years David has won several UK poultry industry awards for efficiency achievements.

David now has a growing business (Applied Group) which contract farms approximately 1.5 million broilers around the UK via management agreements.

In addition to farming, David and Applied are involved in extensive research and innovation projects both through UK government funded work and commercial trials enabling innovation to be at the core of Applied. Current projects are focused mainly on disease/bacteria sensors and in-shed robotic platforms.

In 2017 David set up OPTIFarm, using all of the knowledge gained from his own farming and research experience. OPTIFarm is believed to be the world’s first 24/7 poultry monitoring centre where clients’ poultry farms and facilities are monitored and optimised around the clock globally.

 

 

Combined Session 1


Mr Robert Tanti

Mr Robert Tanti

Robert is currently the Director of People and Capability at Hydro Tasmania. He holds qualifications in Teaching, Industrial Relations and a Master’s Degree in Organisational Systems. He is a career HR and business transformation professional having worked across a raft of industries and assignments across the globe. In Australia he has had considerable experience in rural and regional Australia, more specifically during his time with Elders.

He is passionate about sourcing great people, diversity, inclusion and creating the kind of working environment where people can be at their best. His joy is his family, food and most recent time spent teaching himself to learn the guitar. Though on that last point he would say it’s not a joy his family share.

Ms Kathryn Thomas

Ms Kathryn Thomas

With a global career of more than 20 years as a strategic Management Consultant Kathryn specialises in supporting organisations and their people to thrive. As a trusted business advisor she provides sound advice and enables transformation in organisations. She builds strong, trusted relationships which, coupled with her deep expertise in facilitating organisational change, supports people and their organisations to grow. Throughout her career Kathryn has worked locally, nationally and globally as an HR leader specialising in organisation cultural transformation and strategic capability development. Her value is as an agent of change driving shifts in thinking and behaviours that optimize performance and transform organisations through people.

Mr Andrew Robertson

Mr Andrew Robertson

Andrew has worked at Australian Pork Limited since October 2016, mainly covering trade and market access, and labour and workforce policy. In that time, Andrew has worked with producers supporting their efforts to access skilled workers from overseas. He has conducted industry outreach, research, and extension to build awareness of the government’s changes to the temporary skilled migration program and the potential implications for producers. Through a process of strategic collaboration between industry and government stakeholders, Andrew facilitated transformation in the skilled migration policy space.

Andrew previously worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra from 2007 to 2016.

 

 

Combined Session 2


Dr Vivi Aarestrup Moustsen

Dr Vivi Aarestrup Moustsen

Vivi Aarestrup Moustsen (VAM) has been focusing on research and development of housing of lactating sows at the Danish Pig Research Centre (PRC) since 2001. VAM has conducted on-farm trials for more than 20 years, so she has years of experience in collaboration with farmers and collection of data from trials in private herds. The aim of PRC is to develop, test and recommend the best technologies for production of pigs in Denmark. The knowledge must be distributed to the herds, so the Danish pig producers maintain their competitiveness in the global market. PRC is also engaged in ensuring the Danish pig producers as good conditions as possible – and on increasing the acceptance of the production from the society. Given these strategies of PRC, VAM is involved in assimilation of results to end users and ongoing encouragement to get results to work in practice.

Ms Ellen Møller Hansen

Ms Ellen Møller Hansen

Ellen is a farm consultant with Unitron in Denmark, providing consulting and product supply for sow herds.

She has 10 years’ experience as a consultant with a focus on sow herds, practical management, efficiency and productivity and previously worked as a practical farm manager with a sow herd of 700 sows in a full line pig slaughter production environment.

Ellen completed her Masters of Agronomy at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen in 2006.

Mrs Edwina Beveridge

Mrs Edwina Beveridge

Edwina and her husband own and operate Blantyre Farms, a 2,200 sow pig farm and a mixed farm of sheep, cattle and crops. In the last 10 years, the pig farming operation has doubled in size, plans are underway to continue expansion.

In operation for five years, a methane digestion system captures methane gas from pig manure and converts it into electricity. Blantyre also utilises other people’s food waste products for pig feed and saves thousands of tonnes of landfill.

Edwina has a commerce degree from the University of Sydney and is a former chartered accountant turned pig farmer. Edwina is on the board of Australian Pork Limited, the Deputy Chair of the NSW Farmers Pork Committee and is a member of the NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Committee. She has three children, is involved in her local community and is proud to be a farmer.

 

 

Combined Session 3


BE Campbell

BE Campbell

One of Australia’s largest family owned meat wholesalers, with a proud history of providing Australian consumers, butchers, supermarkets, export markets and the food service industry at large, with the highest quality pork products.

Established in 1969 by Bruce and Marie Campbell with a commitment to quality and service continues today under the stewardship of Manag¬ing Director, Ted Campbell and family. BE Campbell sources its products from a select group of Australian family owned farms who pride themselves on best breeding practices and product quality control. At BE Campbell we’re proud to work in partnership and support the best of Australia’s producers to provide the highest quality, freshest and tasty products. We like to think our producers are a part of our extended family. Our pork boning facility and retail ready packing plant are both located in the western suburbs of Sydney.

“Best Meat Supplier” at Woolworths 2011, 2012 and 2017.

Bian jiang

Bian Jiang

Senior catering expert, honorary life member of World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS), Judge of China National Level Culinary Professional Skills Competition. Once worked as chief editor of the magazine China Cuisine; founding chef editor of magazine Catering World. Under his leadership CCA has successfully organised many large-scaled Chinese cuisine promotion activities such as “Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Food Festival in UN”, “Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Food Festival in UNESCO”, Ministry of Culture and Tourism “Taste of China” series of activities. He has also taken an important leadership role in the planning and execution of activities such as Chinese cuisine applying to become the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. The grand activities of WACS Asia and Pacific Forum, Chinese Cuisine International Development (Huaxi) Forum were also organised under his leadership. He is also the vice president of the Organisation Committee and president of the Executive Committee of Chinese Cuisine World Championship which is endorsed by WACS as the first international-level Chinese cuisine competition. He has also taken the leadership work to establish China National Culinary Team to attend the 2016 Culinary Olympics. He was the Chief Consultant of a very popular documentary A Bite of China 1 and A Bite of China 3 produced by China’s CCTV.

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