SA Drought Hub appoints new livestock adoption officers
The Hub is delighted to welcome two Livestock Technical Specialist Adoption Officers. Penny and Hannah wil be working with Livestock producers, farming systems groups, consultants, advisors and Hub members to help producers across SA enhance their drought resiience
Dr Hannah Griffiths
Dr Hannah Griffiths is a registered veterinarian with a keen interest in livestock health and herd management. She recently completed a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, broadening her scope of interests from solely animals to the farm as a whole. hannah's Masters dissertation focussed on the interactions between livestock grazing practices, soil health and minieral uptake in low input grazing systems.
Through the Davies Livestock Research Centre at the Adelaide University of Adelaide, Hannah works on livestock health, wellbeing and productivity and relationships with soils and pastures. She is keen to get knowledge and new ideas out of the lab and onto farm where it can make a big impact. hannah will be based at the Hub's Roseworthy Node
Dr Penny Schulz
Prior to joining the SA Drought Hub, Dr Penny Schulz worked as a lecturer and livestock consultant, delivering projects to the industry and holding several board and advisory roles. Her expertise lies in the fields of AgTech adoption, livestock genetics, and sustainable farming systems. Penny is based at her family's sheep and cattle operation in the Limestone Coast region which she runs with her husband Jason and their young family.
She is the current Chair of the Limestone Coast Landscape Board, a member of the SA Premier's Climate Change Council, a member for Primary Industries and Regional Developments AgTech Advisory Group, and chairs the SA Cattle Industry Fund Board.
Penny's dedication to agriculture has been acknowledged by three major rural awards - the SA Rural Woman of the Year 2014, the ABIF ANZ Kellogg Rural Leadership Program scholarship to New Zealand and the Ag Institute of Australia's young Agricultural Consultant Award for 2022.
Penny was also selected to take part in the National Farmers' Federations' inaugural Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program which aims to increase the participation of women in agribusiness leadership roles. She is also provided mentorship through PIRSA's Stepping into Leadership Program for rural and regional women.