Project Background

The Red Meat Industry Development Officer (IDO) project will be delivered by the TFGA working in collaboration with DPIPWE operating under a joint industry/government governance model.

The IDO will help set and implement actions from the Tasmanian Red Meat Industry Strategic Plan and lead a range of initiatives throughout the supply chain for the red meat industries.

The IDO will be responsible for all associated project communications, industry engagement and working with a red meat steering committee and all other tasks necessary to deliver this three-year project.

Red Meat Steering Committee:


Steering Committee Chair: Brett Hall – Producer, past TFGA Director and Council Chair

Brett is an Angus cattle producer in the Derwent Valley and has been a Director on the TFGA Board. He was a member of the TFGA Meat Council for 14 years that included a 3-year term as chairman. He completed 2 terms as a Director of Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) and was the chair of their Finance Audit and Risk Committee for 3 years. In addition, he was a member of the CCA Research, Development, Adoption & Sustainability Committee for 6 years and Chair for 2 years.

Brett has been a Trustee of the Tasmanian Beef Industry Trust since 2008. He was also the inaugural Chairman of the Tasmanian Red Meat Industry Council that developed the Tasmanian Red Meat Industry Strategic Plan.
Brett graduated from the Australian Rural leadership Program in 2012. He undertook an MBA (Agricultural Innovation) with the University of Tasmania and graduated in 2015. Brett completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course in 2016.
He is currently Chair of the Cattle Disease Contingency Fund and is a Director of Farmers for Climate Action.


Cheryl McCartie – Dairy Producer and past Chair of DairyTas

Cheryl is a Dairy Producer from Ringarooma. Industry positions include TasHerd Pty Ltd Director, past DairyTas Chairman.

Farmer Rep on various Dairy Australia – Dairy Moving forward Community of Interest and Steering Groups including Farm business management, Animal Welfare and NRM.
Also undertaken AICD Course and Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program.
Community Involvement includes Chairman Dorset Suicide Prevention Network that aims to raise community awareness around the factors contributing to suicide and increase knowledge to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Dorset residents. Cheryl has recently been recognised as the Dorset Citizen of the Year for this role that is key to bringing service providers and community together to provide assistance and resources to people at risk and their families. Cheryl is also on the Farmfeast committee, an annual event that brings the farming community together to socialise and connect with mental health providers. Over many years Chery has been involved in several Ringarooma Community Groups, as well as rural health and education advocacy.

Peter Greenham – Director of Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd

Peter Greenham joined the family business after completing a mechanical engineering degree at Monash University. He is be sixth generation of the family to work in the meat industry.

The company operates abattoirs at Tongala and Gippsland in Victoria and Smithton, Tasmania. Peter is responsible for the Tasmanian and Gippsland operations.
Greenham Tasmania’s premium grass-fed beef brand, Cape Grim, features in leading restaurants across Australia and its rising profile is also leading to growing retail sales throughout international markets.
Peter Greenham and his staff work closely with Tasmanian farmers to maintain the ready supply of top-quality cattle required for the Cape Grim program.

Marcus Vermey – Award winning Butcher and Owner of Vermey's Quality Meats

Marcus is recognised as a top-quality butcher not only in Hobart but in Australia. Shortly after completing his apprenticeship, Marcus won the Australian Work Skills Competition in 1992-93 and participated in an Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation exchange to Japan in 1995. In 1997 Marcus became the 3rd generation to own and operate Vermey's Quality Meats. Vermey's supply meat to many of Hobart's best restaurants and customers who appreciate quality local meat. Marcus helps teach master classes with Rodney Dunn at the Agrarian Kitchen, featured on the Gourmet Farmer with Matt Evans and has assisted with preparation for important State dinners & trade nights at Government House. Marcus has been a member of the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) for many years, on the AMIC Tasmanian State Retail Council for more than a decade, its Tasmanian Chair for 6 years and a Counsellor on the AMIC National Retail Council for over 6 years. Vermey's Quality Meats was awarded 'Best Retail Butcher in Tasmania' by AMIC in 2019. In 2020 Meat Livestock Australia named Marcus as one of Australia's top butchers and selected Vermey's to feature in their ‘Greatest Butcher On Your Block’ initiative. Marcus believes in supporting local farmers and supporting our local community.

Leanne Sherriff – Senior Consultant Macquarie Franklin

Leanne Sherriff is a senior consultant at Macquarie Franklin, where she has worked for the past 14 years.
Her formal training and core technical area of expertise is in environmental/natural resource management. However, she has developed a range of other skills and expertise during her time working as an agricultural consultant. Leanne has developed strong technical expertise in red meat production systems, particularly sheep production and grazing management and has a strong interest in improving sheep reproduction, with involvement in a number of projects over the years including Lifetime Ewe Management, leading the development of the Lambs Alive tool and currently project manager for the MLA-funded project unlocking the key to ewe survival. Leanne has extensive experience in designing and delivering extension and adoption programs ranging from small local events to major national projects, covering a range of subject matter (e.g. red meat production, fire management, climate change and GHG emissions from the livestock industry). Leanne coordinates or is involved in a number of national MLA projects, and has strong networks in the livestock industry across Australia. Leanne also has high level and practical understanding of the industry in Tasmania, living on a mixed farming property in northern Tasmania. She plays a key role in coordinating the main event of the Tasmanian red meat industry calendar, Red Meat Updates. Leanne is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program (2013) and currently sits on the management committee of NRM North. She will bring skills in sustainability, extension and adoption and R&D and wider industry networks to the red meat IDO steering committee.

Tas Loane – Beef Producer

Tas (Ian) Loane enjoys being a beef farmer on King Islands west coast experiencing the full force of Roaring Forties from the Southern Ocean. After completing an Associate Diploma in Farm Management at Orange Ag College Tas worked with the Litchfield’s at Hazeldean Angus and Merino Studs, Cooma. Tas is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tas worked previously with AgCAP P/L running a self-replacing beef herd on King Island where he massaged the business into the top 20% for productivity and profitability in southern Australia. Prior to this he was with PrimeAg P/L running a backgrounding and feed lotting operation in northern NSW. Tas also spent 10 years in the grain marketing and processing industry in the eastern states of the mainland.
Tas is married to Nicky and they have 2 adult children, Jess and Tom.

Felicity Richards – Producer and Policy Development and Regulatory Framework Expert

After completing a law degree at the Australian National University, Felicity pursued a career in policy development and regulatory frameworks for ten years. Returning to the family farm in Tasmania in 2013, some rogue cattle led to a romance across the boundary fence. She and her husband Mark now manage a beef and lamb enterprise across property on Flinders Island and near Launceston.

Felicity juggles her family and farm responsibilities with volunteering as President of Primary Employers Tasmania. She is also Chair of the newly-established Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisory Committee. In 2019 she completed the Tasmanian Leaders I-Lead program and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Foundations of Directorship course.

Bob Gozzi – Chariman Springfield Export Australia

Bob’s background is in the private and public sectors starting with Cadbury Schweppes in 1978.
Subsequently Bob was appointed as a Commissioner of The Tasmanian Industrial Commission and was allocated responsibility for a wide range of private and public sector portfolios, including the Tasmanian meat industry.
After the Commission Bob accepted a business consultant position with Ecka Granules Australia, a German headquartered aluminium powder and paste manufacturing company, which purchased the powder making assets from Comalco, Bell Bay.
Part of Bob’s role, as Manager ALC* Business was to find new markets in the UAE, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan where aluminium powder is used to manufacture light weight building materials and as component in the manufacture of solar cells. *(Aerated Light Weight Concrete)
Bob joined Blundstone Australia as a Business Development Consultant to lead market entry initiatives in S.E. Asia with the principal focus on Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

As a past member of several key boards Bob has always worked collaboratively, which is his style, and has acquired sound board governance expertise and in leading Board Committees.
Bob was a Board Member of the University of Tasmania Menzies Institute for Medical Research; WorkCover Tasmanian Board; TasTAFE Board; University Innovations Board (the commercial arm of the University); Chairman Hobart Chamber of Commerce; Chairman Bell Bay Industry Group; Chairman The Hutchins Foundation; Chairman Working Group for AFL in Hobart comprising Hobart City Council, Cricket Tasmania, Hobart Chamber of Commerce and the then Minister for Sport.
Bob was also past Deputy President and President of the TCI, ACCI Board and was a Member of the Trade Committee.
Currently Bob is Chairman, Springfield Export Tasmania, a fledgling Company established in 2019 to export Tasmanian Premium Lamb.

John Tuskin – General Manager Nutrien Ag Solutions

John has had a 34 year career in agriculture. Commencing at independent rural service provider TP Jones & Co in 1986 he took a shareholding in 1996 and assumed the role of Managing Director in 2008.

Past board positions as non-executive director of Ruralco Holdings (ASX: RHL) 2013-2016, non-executive director of XLD Grain Pty Ltd and a board member of Rural Alive & Well (RAW).
Upon the sale of TP Jones to Ruralco Holdings in 2017, became General Manager of Roberts Ltd Tasmanian operations and appointed to the executive of Ruralco that same year.
In 2019 completed a Leadership for Senior Executives course at Harvard University.
Now General Manager Tasmania for Nutrien Ag Solutions who acquired Ruralco Holdings on 30 September 2019.

John Ramsay – Agriculture Producer

Through irrigation developments and pasture renovation, John and his family have transformed their farming practices in the last ten years, from being merino producers, to prime lamb, potato and poppy growers. They currently have a 12,000 head composite ewe flock and finish 10,000 lambs across two properties in Bridport and Bothwell Tasmania. The lambs are predominantly sold to the domestic market. Cattle is traded or agisted on a seasonal basis.

John is actively involved in the two irrigation schemes in the Bothwell District, and is on the committee to try and establish a new irrigation scheme for the southern midlands, which could be underpinned by the red meat sector, servicing potentially 20,000 ha.
John recently completed the I lead course (a Tas leaders program) sponsored by the TFGA.
John’s wife Annie is a nurse manager at Calvary in Hobart and has 4 young children.

Clare Peltzer – Livestock Manager, Agriculture Teacher and 2019 Nuffield Scholarship winner

Clare is the livestock manager on her family farm, Logan, finishing 10,000 prime lambs for the domestic and export markets. Outside of the farm Clare is a part time secondary science and agriculture teacher and has launched a new business, Educational Agri Tours of Tasmania, in January of this year. The goal is to invite secondary students from around Australia and New Zealand to Tasmania for an 8-day immersive and unique tour of Tasmania to demonstrate the variety of career opportunities available in agriculture. This business idea was the result of her Nuffield Farm Scholarship in 2019 where she travelled to 16 countries looking into methods to attract youth into a career in agriculture. The ultimate goal is to build capacity in the red meat sector of the Tasmanian agricultural industry.


Project Contact:

We are still in the process of finalising an IDO to oversee this project. In the meantime, any questions please contact:

Kylie Donaghy

P: 6332 1800

E: kylie.donaghy@tfga.com.au