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About Sheep Australia

Sheep Australia is a livestock management service for time pressured farmers. The company was established in 2006.
The directors of the company are:

Roger House

Roger is currently running a 2600 hectare mixed farming enterprise in Kojonup; 55% of this area is leased. During the past 28 years his farming experience has been in Wool and Meat sheep, cattle and cropping. He is a progressive and innovative farmer who is willing to trial and adopt new ideas. Over the last ten years Roger has been invited to contribute to several industry related groups and advisory panels. He brings an excellent understanding of the sheep industry both in Australia and New Zealand where he is a director/shareholder of a large farming company. Roger is a member the institute of company directors and is Chairman of Sheep Australia.

Kevin Bell

Kevin is currently Professor of Animal Production Systems at Murdoch University, teaching in a new degree program in Animal Science. He has worked for more than two decades as an advisor to a group of innovative farmers managing sheep-dominant enterprises in the Kojonup area of WA. He was elected as a Director of Australian Wool Innovation in 2002, in which role he facilitates research, extension and marketing with the aim of increasing the profitability of Australian wool growing businesses. Kevin brings a wide knowledge of all aspects of sheep farming, including the human and business side. He has a national awareness of the sheep industry, and is passionate that farming businesses maintain their profitability in increasingly difficult circumstances.

Howard Knight

Howard has spent the past 20 years in the banking and finance industry as an investment banker and asset manager based in Australia, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. In the Asia/Pacific region he has built and managed three businesses for two of the world’s largest banks. As an investment banker, his area of expertise includes arranging debt financing, developing commodity price and foreign exchange hedge programs, international trade and shipping/logistics etc. As an asset manager, he is experienced in both traditional and non-traditional asset management products, including launching innovative investment products in the Australian market. Howard brings to Sheep Australia particular skills in structuring, financing and risk management, and has an extensive list of contacts across the Australia and Asia representing most of the significant investors in the region. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, and holds an Australian Financial Services Licence.

Murray Gmeiner

Murray brings the unique mix of skills of being an active progressive practicing farmer with the additional benefit of being an agricultural consultant and Director of the Rural Business Development Corporation. Murray’s farming experience includes over 15 years of owning and managing a livestock and cropping operation in the south-west of Western Australia; and currently owning and managing an intensive horticultural property. Murray was awarded a Australian Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2001, has worked in agricultural extension, has experience in international agriculture and has recently completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia. Murray brings to Sheep Australia the knowledge and understanding of the practical issues relating to sheep management and particularly the intensification process. Murray is the managing director of Sheep Australia. Murray is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Institute of Management, has a Bachelor of Business, is a Nuffield Scholar, and has an MBA.

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