Board and Team
John Murdoch (Chair)
John Murdoch CA GAICD (B. Comm, ANU) (G. dip Accounting, ICAA). John is a joint owner and operator of a family wool, beef and lamb producing enterprise on the Southern Monaro NSW. John also sits on the Sheep Connect NSW project advisory panel which oversees AWI’s industry extension within NSW. Prior to operating a primary production enterprise, John worked for KPMG specialising in private enterprise and government body governance, performance and compliance. John is graduate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John has a depth of experience in pasture based livestock finishing systems and sustainable livestock grazing enterprises.
Mandy Horton owns and manages a family farm with her husband Ron near Delegate on the Southern Monaro. After graduating with an Associate Diploma in Farm Secretarial Studies, she worked as a free-lance farm administrator and finance manager around the Monaro, giving her an in-depth knowledge of this regions wide variety of farming businesses. Mandy has always been involved in the management and everyday operation of the family farming business, which focuses on a self-replacing merino enterprise with some prime lambs and trading cattle. Her skills and knowledge are primarily in this area of farm management, especially farm financial management and livestock production systems.
Andrew holds a double degree in Agronomy and Livestock Production. He worked as an agronomist for many years before returning to the family farm in Cooma where he works with his father to run a self replacing flock of merino ewes.
Andrew is also the recipient of a 2021 Nuffield Scholarship supported by AWI.
Owen holds a Bachelor of Management in Farm Business (The University of Sydney). He is a farm manager based in Corowa NSW. He works for a family owned company that operate mixed farms spread through Southern NSW and Victoria. With the help of his family, Owen also owns and operates a wool and beef enterprise south-east Adaminaby, on the Monaro.
Nancy holds a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Science majoring in Livestock Production as well as a Grad Cert in Rural Extension. She has worked in several roles in the Agricultural Industry over the previous 25 years including a Sheep and Wool Extension Officer, a Meat Programs Manager as part of the National Residue Survey, a field officer for ABARE and an OJD Officer. Nancy was also the EO for Monaro Farming Systems from 2008 to 2019. Nancy’s skills lie in project management, grant writing and general knowledge in the livestock production Industry. Nancy currently runs a grazing business located in the Bombala district with her husband Nigel and her twin daughters Anna and Pippa.
Warwick Badgery (Industry Director)
Dr Warwick Badgery, (B Wool & Pasture Science Hon (Uni of NSW), PhD (Uni of Sydney) is the Rangelands and Tropical Pastures research leader with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). He has worked with DPI for 13 years conducting research on grazing management, farming systems, pasture agronomy, soil carbon and weed management. Warwick is currently the Program Leader of the Feed Base theme for the National Livestock Productivity Partnership. Previously he was the site leader for the Orange EverGraze Proof site and has worked on an ACIAR project examining the sustainable development of grazing systems in Western China. He is passionate about improving farm management practices to enhance profitability and address environmental issues.
Jono Forrest (Industry Director)
Jonathan (Jono) Forrest (Chartered Accountant – FCA) has been in the profession for 18 years. He is a director of Boyce Chartered Accountants, the largest regional accounting firm in Australia. Jono is passionate about agriculture and his professional experience involves working with clients of Boyce closely on their management accounting, tax, succession/estate planning and other needs in business. Jono was raised on a dairy and grazing family farm in South Australia and then spent four years working near Wagga for a family with multiple grazing properties before completing his tertiary education.
Richard Simpson (Industry Director)
Richard Simpson is a scientist based in Canberra with CSIRO Agriculture and Food. His research has spanned many areas of pasture production including issues of management, botanical composition, feeding value for livestock, plant nutrition and fertiliser use. He has provided agronomic support for the development of tools such as GrassGro which are used widely in Australia’s grazing industries and is co-author of a soil phosphorus management package (Five Easy Steps…). His recent research has been focussed on improving the effectiveness of fertiliser use, the phosphorus-efficiency of grassland production, soil biology and root health, and grazing land capability and sustainability with the objective of lifting productivity and sustainability of farm management practices.
Zoe Rolfe (Executive Officer)
Zoe has a strong background in Education having moved to Cooma in 2013 to establish and open the Cooma Universities Centre.
She is married to a local producer and has two young children, Daisy and Jack, who are the 8th generation of Rolfe’s on the family farm.
Zoe is passionate about innovation and education with a background in primary teaching and other project management and is working towards a more active role on the family farm and working with the committee and members of MFS to continue the progressive and innovative research and work that is done by the organisation.
Rebecca Kading (Administrative Officer)
Rebecca lives in Delegate and her family has a long history of farming in the area. She is an experienced administrator and is currently working towards her Diploma of Accounting. Rebecca works in several different roles in administration and bookkeeping. She volunteers as the treasurer of the Delegate R.S.L sub-Branch and also has three young children to keep her on her toes.