Mr
John Paul Collins
Research Officer, new on-farm technology
John Paul Collins

My role in the department

I am working in the field of new on-farm technology to support the sustainable productivity and profitability of the sheep industry in Western Australia. This is part of the Department of Agriculture and Food’s $10 million Sheep Industry Business Innovation project made possible by Royalties for Regions.

Labour has been identified as a key constraint in expanding the sheep flock in WA. My role will be to support growers in investing in new technology. We will aim to demonstrate ‘state of the art’ labour saving and flock management technologies to increase efficiency, traceability and better breeding within a sheep enterprise.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 98213 249
+61 (0)427 170 035

My background

I have worked for DAFWA based out of the Katanning office for the past 14 years. For 8 years I worked on industry funded projects to increase the profitability of salt–affected farming land through shrub and grass/legume based pasture systems. A key legacy of this work was that growers were able to develop the confidence to go on and further improve production from saltland after the life of the project.

When this project finished I worked on another industry funded project for 2 years which sought to increase the adoption of precision agriculture  in the cropping enterprises of Great Southern farmers. Prior to commencing my current 'new-technology' role I worked as an activity leader for regional intelligence in the Southern Agricultural Region. This involved working with grower groups as a relationship manager and coordination of the Southern AgTactics e-newsletter.

Projects

  • Sheep Industry Business Innovation (Royalties for Regions) - Provide technical expertise for the adoption of labour saving and flock management technology.

Key Expertise

Saltland pasture establishment, management and economics, perennial and annual pasture management, grower group relationship management, sheep handling technology, labour-saving devices

Qualifications

  • BS in Environmental Science with Honours, University of Western Australia