“Annie has worked for AgriFutures Australia for the past two years and her appointment builds on our commitment to the AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program,” said Mr Smith who also thanked outgoing Manager, Dr Sue Hatcher for her contribution.
Annie now joins the rest of the team: Manager, Research Georgina Townsend, Coordinator, Research Tasmin Rowe and Senior Manager, Research Dr Mila Bristow and who collectively manage the Program and its research, development and extension (RD&E) investments.
Annie will be managing projects which fall under the food safety, environment and consumer needs objectives of the Chicken Meat RD&E Plan 2019-22, while Georgie will continue to manage the Program’s research investments for projects fulfilling the supply chain objective.
No stranger to Australian agriculture
Agriculture has always been a part of Annie’s life.
Having grown up on sheep and cattle property near Delungra in Northern NSW she attended Charles Sturt University, (CSU) in Wagga Wagga completing Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) with her honours project focused on parasitology in freshwater fish.
Annie began working with AgriFutures Australia in late 2018 as Coordinator, Research and worked across a variety of industries including Pasture Seeds, Thoroughbred Horse and Honey Bee and Pollination Programs and more recently Deer, Buffalo, Goat Fibre and Kangaroo Programs.
“The chicken meat industry is very different from the other agricultural industries that I have worked in. I am excited to learn new skills and be involved in delivering high quality research which will directly benefit the industry,” said Annie.
Part of the team
The Australian chicken meat industry is an efficient and fast paced industry which requires RD&E that can deliver high impact results to ensure that chicken meat remains the number one consumed protein in the country.
In her new role, Annie is looking forward to working closely with a broad range of experts.
“As Manager, Research I am in the very fortunate position to connect with industry experts and researchers to determine the crucial research questions that need to be answered to ensure that the chicken meat industry remains efficient.”