SPEAKER PROFILES

Geoff Bahnisch

Geoff is a Principal Policy Officer within the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Drought Policy and Response team, where he supports programs/projects (Farm Business Resilience Program, Industry Recovery and Resilience Officer Project) that enhance the strategic management capacity of primary producers to prepare for and manage risk, adapt to a changing climate and improve their economic, environmental and social resilience through holistic farm business planning.

Prior to commencing his current role in 2022, Geoff supported the repurposing of the former Emerald Agricultural College (EAC) facilities following the closure of this facility in 2019. This brief interlude into project and facility management was preceded by a diverse and very rewarding nineteen years teaching and coordinating education programs at the EAC and UQ Gatton, inspired by the philosophy of ‘I teach, therefore I touch the future’.

Roger Sneath

Roger Sneath is a well-known DAF beef extension officer based in Toowoomba. He boasts a robust skill set encompassing nutrition, beef production systems, and economics.

With a career spanning decades, he’s a leader in cattle nutrition, optimizing weight gain and breeder management. His practical knowledge in beef production has driven sustainability, while his economic acumen has maximized profitability for beef producers. Roger is a key member of the Grazing Futures Livestock Business Resilience project and through workshops and publications, Roger’s expertise has empowered informed decision-making in the beef industry, solidifying his legacy as a driving force of positive change.

Kristie Lisle

Kristie and Matt Lisle operate a cattle backgrounding and trading business on their property “Moonkan Park” 40 km west of Rockhampton. Passionate about improving the productivity of their property, the Lisle’s involvement in the Farm Business Resilience Program encouraged them to undertake major infrastructure projects to maximise cattle live weight gain and land use efficiency. Pasture improvements and leading edge water and fencing infrastructure utilisation have been front and center of their recent success stories. 

Sheree Finney

Sheree Finney is the Manager for Disaster and Drought at the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA). For the past five years, Sheree has been managing the government grants and loans that QRIDA administers to help Queensland primary producers get ready for and recover from drought and disasters.

With extensive agribusiness and disaster management experience, Sheree engages with industry and government stakeholders to ensure primary producers get the financial assistance they need throughout various stages of the preparedness and recovery extreme weather cycles. As disasters become more frequent and severe, so does the importance of Sheree’s work in helping primary producers increase the resilience of their operation.  

Ryan Honor

Ryan is a beef extension officer based in Rockhampton. He covers the Fitzroy catchment of Central Queensland assisting a wide range of grazing businesses with various cattle and land management enquiries. His passion for the grazing industry and its community has enabled him to establish strong relationships and facilitate discussions about current and future beef business management practices.

Megan Dunn

Megan and her husband Terry operate a commercial breeding and backgrounding property in the Biloela district of Central Queensland. Together with their children they have achieved significant property improvement goals through their emphasis on rotational grazing, pasture species composition and consistent infrastructure improvement. The Dunne’s recent involvement in the Farm Business Resilience Program has allowed them to mitigate climate variability risk by improving carrying capacity and land utilisation through further infrastructure expansion.

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