Livestock SA welcomes three new board members

Sheep Central, July 6, 2017

LIVESTOCK SA will welcome three new members to its board following the 2017-18 nomination process.

Producers Mark Dennis from Koppio, Gillian Fennell from Lambina Station at Marla, and Kate McLachlan at Gawler River will join two returned board members Richard Halliday at Bordertown and Allan Piggott from Moorlands, for a two-year term.

The new and returning directors join continuing board members vice president Joe Keynes, Andrew Clarke, Jamie Heinrich, Bill Nosworthy and Penny Schulz. No election was necessary as there were five nominations for five positions. The new board’s first meeting will be on September 15.

Three existing board members, president Geoff Power, treasurer Andy Withers and Jack England have decided to stand down from the board at the end of their current term in September this year.

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New Livestock SA board member Mark Dennis.

Mark Dennis’ family has farmed at Koppio on the Lower Eyre Peninsula since 1965. The family runs 2500 ewes for wool, prime lambs and stud sheep, 40 breeder cattle and crop wheat, canola and lupins. Mark was a member of the former SA Farmers Federation organisation, serving on their Nature Resources Committee for 10 years. He has been on the Advisory Board of Agriculture for eight years, including serving as chair for three years, and was chair of the Agriculture Bureau of SA.

New Livestock SA board member Gillian Fennell.

Gillian Fennell with her husband and his family operate Lambina Station at Marla – a million acre rangelands cattle station in the far north of SA, where they run a herd of Charbray breeders. Gillian is president of the Remote & Isolated Children’s Exercise and is also currently the SA representative for the peak body, Australian Women in Agriculture.

New Livestock SA board member Kate McLachlan with daughter Maggie and friend.

Kate McLachlan is a fifth-generation livestock producer based at her family’s property at Gawler River, north of Adelaide. She and her husband Craig work alongside Kate’s father Bill to run the family’s farming operation, Newbold, producing Poll Dorset and White Suffolk prime lamb sires, grain and hay. Kate is currently the promotions officer on the South Australian Poll Dorset Committee. She also works off-farm as Elders Rural Services marketing manager.

Livestock SA chief executive officer Andrew Curtis said the three new board members have strong backgrounds in livestock production and will provide strong representation from across the state while continuing to broaden the skills and experience of our Livestock SA board.

“We acknowledge our three outgoing board members, our current president Geoff Power, treasurer Andy Withers and Jack England, who have all delivered a huge depth of experience and commitment as inaugural members of the Livestock SA board.

“All have a strong history in livestock advocacy and we thank them for their long service to our industry,” Mr Curtis said.

The Livestock SA Annual General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the inaugural GROWING SA Conference on Friday, August 11, 2017, at Hahndorf.

Details: To register to attend GROWING SA and the Livestock SA AGM visit


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