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About ASHEEP & BEEF Inc.

Sheep, cattle & pasture grower group

ASHEEP & BEEF is a grower group with a core focus on raising sheep and cattle production standards, and maximising the profitability of our members. We work proactively to promote best practice, deliver trials and demonstrations, build industry relationships and address issues arising in the livestock industry. 

 

The group was set up by producers in the Esperance region in 2003, and was originally named the Association for Sheep Husbandry, Excellence, Evaluation & Production Inc (ASHEEP). Since that time, ASHEEP has expanded to include a focus on beef cattle production systems and in 2023 reflected that by changing the association's name to ASHEEP & BEEF.

We are based in the Esperance area covering a wide variety of rainfall zones and soil types. We don’t favour particular systems or breeds over another, rather seek to evaluate and highlight best practice in livestock husbandry and production. Whilst our activities are predominantly focused in the Esperance region, ASHEEP & BEEF welcomes members from around Australia.

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OUR VISION

To raise the production standards of members to maximise profitability.
How we deliver:
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Strategic Plan

ACHIEVEMENTS

Lamb Planner
  • Development of Lamb Planner which is in use internationally and is available to producers in hard copy and via phone app in collaboration with DPIRD. A prototype of Weaner Planner has also been drafted for potential development.

  • ​Foot & Mouth Disease Ready pilot group.

  • Establishment of the Ovine Johnes Disease sub committee to manage OJD in the Esperance area through testing, improved biosecurity and education.

  • Involved in working group that saw the only truck wash in the area re-opened (Myrup Truck Wash)

  • Self-funded with three employees.

  • Pilot group for The Sheep’s Back network

  • First in the area to run auto-drafting and electronic ID trials & workshops

Our Team

ASHEEP & BEEF MANAGEMENT

ASHEEP & BEEF is a not-for-profit, incorporated association run by a committee of 12 volunteer farmers. The committee focuses the activities undertaken by ASHEEP & BEEF to align with our strategic plan. ASHEEP & BEEF's operations are supported by a team of staff and a number of Sub-Committees to target specific areas.

 

ASHEEP & BEEF is self-funded through sponsorship and membership, and also benefits from the support of project funding bodies such as Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation, and government.

ASHEEP & BEEF COMMITTEE

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ASHEEP & BEEF Chair

Merino sheep & crop

Scaddan, Grass Patch

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Committee Member

Angus cattle & veterinarian

Esperance region - Jerramungup

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Thomas Pengilly

Committee Member

Merino sheep, crop

Cascade

 

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Josh Sullivan

Committee Member

Dohne/merino sheep, crop

Gibson

 

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Vice Chair

Merino sheep, angus cattle, crop

Condingup

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Simon Fowler

Committee Member

Merino sheep, angus cattle, crop

Condingup

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Ashley Reichstein

Committee Member

Merino sheep, crop

Neridup

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Mark Walter

Committee Member

Merino sheep, crop

Cascade

 

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Treasurer / Secretary

Ultrawhite shedding sheep

Condingup

 

Shiane Lea

Committee Member

Merino sheep, crop

Grass Patch

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Jason Schutz

Committee Member

Merino sheep, cattle, crop

Dalyup, Cascade, Salmon Gums and Laverton

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Ryan Willing

Committee Member

Angus cattle, crop

Boyatup

ASHEEP & BEEF STAFF

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Executive Officer

​Projects:

  • Cattle: Weaning, BVDV, Bull Preputial Breakdown

  • Pasture: Feed365, Pasture Variety Trials

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Projects:

  • Mastering Merino Genetics

  • CN30: Getting Started on Farm

 

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Projects:

  • Shearing Interval Demonstration

ASHEEP & BEEF SUB-COMMITTEES

CATTLE

Chair: Ryan Willing

Members:

  • Erica Ayres

  • Enoch Bergman

  • Simon Fowler

  • Wes Graham

  • Jake Hann

  • Ian McCallum

  • Nick Ruddenklau

FINANCE

Chair: Alan Hoggart

Members:

  • David Vandenberghe

  • Mark Walter

BIOSECURITY

Members:

  • Erica Ayres

  • Simon Fowler

  • Wes Graham

  • Bob Reed

  • David Swan

  • Ryan Willing

PASTURE

Members:

  • Josh Sullivan

  • David Vandenberghe

  • Mark Walter

SHEARING

Members:

  • Basil Parker

  • Nick Ruddenklau

  • Bob Reed

  • Mark Walter

EXTERNAL REPRESENTATION

AWI Woolgrower Industry Consultation Panel: David Vandenberghe

Sheep & Goat NLIS Advisory Group:​ Thomas Pengilly

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