Agriculture

Agriculture

Dairy, meat and livestock, grains and horticulture

We help farmers make sound decisions that help them achieve their business objectives. We collect information, talk through issues and analyse business records to help individual farmers and industry groups to improve their enterprises.

RMCG has technical, business management and extension capability in:

  • Cropping
  • Dairy
  • Extensive livestock (cattle and sheep)
  • Intensive livestock (pork and poultry)
  • Horticulture, viticulture and vegetables
  • Irrigated agriculture.

Agriculture Services

  • Farm business advice

  • Irrigation and water management

  • Agribusiness investment, performance review and due diligence research

  • Strategic planning and research

  • Financial analysis and management

  • Benchmarking and performance management

  • Research, development and extension (RD&E) and capacity building

  • Leadership development, coaching and mentoring

  • Climate change

  • Evaluation

  • Soil health and sustainable land management

Agriculture Team

Dr Doris Blaesing

Dr Doris Blaesing

Associate

Dipl.Ing.Agr., Dr.rer.hort.

Doris has extensive experience in agricultural business development, resource management and R&D. She has a good understanding of agricultural production systems and supply chains. Her strengths are strategy and concept development, innovative thinking, problem solving, multi-disciplinary project management and communication on all levels with a broad range of people. Doris worked in public and private research, education, export and agribusinesses.

Luke Rolley

Luke Rolley

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci., GAICD

Luke provides advice to agriculture clients on: financial analysis, business and strategic planning, business development, due diligence, negotiation and contract management, system design and operation, benchmarking, project management, technical viticulture and assessment of loss. In short, maximising the profit available in agriculture.

Daryl Poole

Daryl Poole

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), CPAg., GAICD

Daryl has over 20 years of experience is in the areas of agribusiness and farm management, particularly the dairy industry.   He has a diploma in Human Resource Management (Dairy) and can assist farming businesses with their employment practices to ensure their workforce is both effective and compliant.  Daryl also has an in depth understanding of water policy and what it means at the farm level which allows him to assist irrigation businesses develop their water risk management strategies.   Daryl has both facilitator and strategic planning experience and can assist farming businesses and organisations to achieve their goals.

Adrian Kennelly

Adrian Kennelly

Principal

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), M.Ag.Sci., CPAg.

Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience in agricultural business and natural resource management research, policy, education and extension.  He is a specialist farm business management adviser, who consults to medium to large scale private farmers, agribusiness investors, agricultural industry groups and government agencies.  Adrian has specific skills and experience in strategic planning, business analysis, facilitation, and training and education in rural Australia.  Most recently he led the loss assessment for the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions and is the sole accredited deliverer of BusinessEDGE in Victoria and Tasmania.

Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson

Senior Fellow

B.Sci. (Ag.) (Hons), CPAg.

Charles has 20 years consulting experience and over 25 years’ experience in farm business and natural resource management. This includes water quality, salinity, irrigation, drainage, horticulture, community consultation and extension. His special fields of competence technical resource assessment; extension and advisory services to horticulture and agriculture; nutrients and water quality; and benchmarking horticultural enterprise management.

Nigel McGuckian

Nigel McGuckian

Senior Fellow

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), Dip.Ed., CPAg., FAICD

Nigel has worked with rural communities, agricultural industries, businesses and farming families for 35 years. He has a wide range of experience in business consulting, training, project management, governance and facilitation. He has managed major projects on social research, decision making and community planning. Nigel chairs a number of farmer and community boards.

Dr Anne-Maree Boland

Dr Anne-Maree Boland

Managing Principal

PhD., B.Ag.Sci.

Anne-Maree has 25 years’ experience in dealing with natural resource and water management in agricultural industries. This has included research and development and consulting in the areas of sustainable management practices, water use efficiency, recycled water and environmental management systems. Anne-Maree has been a Non-Executive Director for GWRDC and IAL, is a Churchill Fellow and recipient of the University of Melbourne Chancellors Prize. She has extensive experience as a knowledge broker and establishing partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups including government, water and agricultural industries.

Dr Kristen Stirling

Dr Kristen Stirling

Senior Consultant

PhD., B.Ag.Sci.

Kristen is an experienced researcher and industry development specialist. She successfully combines project management skills and technical expertise to deliver projects in agriculture and water related industries. She enjoys working with landholders and large organizations to inform and clarify decision-making. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, stakeholder consultation and program evaluation.

Matt Shanahan

Matt Shanahan

Principal

B.Tech. (Env.)

Matt has been working in the water/irrigation industry for the past 15 years, having spent the last 12 years with RMCG consulting to a range of private and government clients.  Matt has worked extensively in the field of recycled water and organics management, having prepared master plans, land capability assessments, irrigation management plans and environmental management plans for a range of clients.  He is also experienced in the development of works approval applications and undertaking technical assessments involving the management of soils, nutrients and salinity/sodicity.

Rob Rendell

Rob Rendell

Senior Fellow

B.Eng. (Ag), CPAg., GAICD

Rob has more than 40 years’ experience in irrigation, groundwater drainage, salinity management, project management, extension, reclaimed water re-use, practical irrigation farming and farm management, agricultural industry benchmarking and sustainability indicators.  Rob’s wide range of experience from the practical to the technical/managerial and also to strategy and policy, gives him ability to contribute at many levels. He is recognised as a leader in the water and irrigated agriculture sector.

Sophie Lapsley

Sophie Lapsley

Education & Training Initiative Coordinator

B.Sci. (Hons) (Ag.), Dip.Bus.Mgt.

Sophie has extensive experience in private and public companies complimented with the successful operation of two privately owned companies. This has included roles in the Agricultural Sector, Quality Management, Operations & Business Management and Accounting enabling her to develop skills in many areas including; Lean Management, Change Management, Continuous Improvement, Education & Training, WHS, Project Management, and Soil & Plant Nutrition.

Donna Lucas

Donna Lucas

Senior Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Hons)

Donna is an agricultural consultant with experience in research, extension, farm business management and evaluation. She enjoys working with groups or individual businesses to solve problems, support decision-making and put research into practice. Donna has worked in accounting and has strong analytical and project management skills. She is also actively involved in The Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN).

Jacqui Knee

Jacqui Knee

Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons)

Jacqui works predominantly in the dairy industry. This work focuses on business planning, profitability and the efficient use of water and other natural resources on-farm, including dairy effluent. Clients include: farmers, state government agencies, dairy regional development programs and Dairy Australia. Her knowledge of business management helps businesses and rural industries understand trends and issues to make better decisions.

Jencie McRobert

Jencie McRobert

Associate

B.Sci., Grad.Dip.Eco., Assoc.App.Sci.

Jencie understands the science and economics of natural resource management and has grounded and practical experience in soils, mixed farming and viticulture. She has highly developed skills in evaluation of agricultural and natural resource management programs, business case writing, greenhouse emissions analysis and sustainable resource use, and catchment management.  Jencie knows and appreciates the issues affecting communities in rural and regional Australia.

Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He has an understanding of the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, and extension and practice change.

Clinton Muller

Clinton Muller

Consultant

M.Sust.Ag., B.Bus. (Hons), B.A.

Clinton has extensive experience in sustainable agriculture, with a specialist focus on horticulture and intensive production systems. With a strong agricultural industry focus, Clinton has worked across a range of agricultural commodities and natural resource management issues in Australia and internationally.  Clinton’s diverse range of capacities including program design and management, stakeholder engagement, partnership management, monitoring evaluation and reporting, extension, facilitation, action research and science communication.

Shayne Annett

Shayne Annett

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci., M.Res.Admin. (NRM)

Shayne has over 25 years working in land, water and biodiversity management, and during that time has developed the ability to see things from many perspectives, to anticipate issues that might arise and to draw on his experience to develop pragmatic and progressive solutions. He understands on-ground work, private and public land management, planning and managing programs and projects, and policy at local, state and national levels.

Emma Egan

Emma Egan

Project Officer - Meat & Livestock

Adv.Dip.Ag., Dip.Crop Agronomy

Emma is currently undertaking a livestock consulting internship with RMCG. Prior to commencing at RMCG, she studied both agronomy and farm management, with a strong interest in red meat production and data management.

Will Henderson

Will Henderson

Senior Consultant

B.A., Grad.Dip.Eco., M.Eco.

Will has a background in sociology and economics and has expertise in social research, and economic analysis. He has worked in a broad range of areas, including agriculture, regional economic development, tourism and insurance. Will believes it is important to understand the social context of economic problems, and specialises in combining data and anecdotal evidence to generate insights and help make decisions.

Case Studies

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Management of Queensland Fruit Fly in the Goulburn Valley; Business Case

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Education & Training Initiative for the Vegetable Industry

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Integrated Crop Protection: An extension project to help vegetable growers protect crops

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Soil Wealth: An extension project to help vegetable growers to manage soils

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Filling the glass: An impact study of growth in the Western Victorian and southeast South Australian dairy industry

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A model to evaluate Research, Development and Extension projects

The Research and Development (R&D) Evaluation Model was developed by RMCG for Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) to evaluate projects both pre and post project delivery. The model uses industry ...

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Social Dimensions of Managing Complex Mixed Farming Systems

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Benchmarking: Its Place in Planning

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TasForage – The use of forage crops for winter finishing in Tasmanian grassfed systems

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Tas Farming Futures: Reducing land sector emissions and effecting the Carbon Farming Initiative in Tasmania

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