Board and team
John Murdoch (Chairman)
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.
Richard Taylor, (B. V. Sc., MVS) graduated from Sydney University with a 1st class honours degree in Veterinary Science in 1987. He spent two years working with the Mackinnon Project, a farm advisory service based at Melbourne University, during which time he completed a Masters in Veterinary Studies, with a focus on livestock production and genetics.
Since 1990 he has been managing the family agricultural business on the Monaro, in conjunction with his father and brother. Richard was also the founding director of Growth Farms, a farm management company which now manages over $380 million worth of rural properties in NSW, Victoria and Queensland and the Managing Director of MH Premium Farms.
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.
Bea holds a degree in Agricultural Science (Honours) majoring in Livestock Production and has worked in a cooperate agriculture company as well as having spent time working in the US. Bea is currently immersed in the family business at Hazeldean as stud stock manager for their Angus and Merino studs resulting in her being involved in breeding decisions, management, marketing and production.
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.
Phil Graham (Industry Director)
Phil Graham, (B Sc Agr (Uni of Sydney), Dip Farm Forestry (McMillian Centre) has recently retired from a long standing career (23 years) with NSW DPI where he worked as a technical specialist in grazing systems based at Yass. Phil has experience in all aspects of livestock and pastures, with a focus on looking at the impacts of potential changes in our weather on livestock systems and enterprise analysis within grazing systems and genetics.
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.
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.
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 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. Rebecca works in several different roles, in both administration and hospitality. She volunteers as the treasurer of the Delegate R.S.L sub-Branch and also has two young children to keep her on her toes.