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Staff Profile

Richard Sawyer

Precision Ag Consultant

I grew up in the Uk from a livestock industry back ground. In 2001 I graduated from Harper Adams Agricultural College with a BSc in Land and Farm Management. I then became involved in Field Management,managing the sales and supply of by-products recycling to agricultural land in the east of England. In 2004 I decided to take on an assistant farm manager’s position for a 2500ha mixed enterprise in Suffolk. Working with Agronomists and crop consultants we grew vegetables, vining peas and sugar beet in conjunction with combinable crops and cattle. At the age of 30 I decided that I wanted to broaden my knowledge and experience by traveling, operating and managing machinery between the UK and Australia. This took me across a range of enterprises horticulture, pasture and broad acre. Gainingexperience in a broad range of crops from onions, carrots and potatoes to cotton, rice and mustard.

In 2012 I decided to return to the UK to gain the BASIS certificate in Crop Protection and Fertiliser qualified adviser status enabling me to work as an Agronomist in the UK as a member of the British Professional Register. Using this I worked as a sales Agronomist before deciding to return to Australia permanently in 2014.

My role within the Emmets group is as an Integrated Solutions Specialist within the Integrated Solutions department. Based in Roseworthy, SA, I work closely with colleagues to support customers at various stages on the precision farming ladder. The support we offer covers a wide and exciting spectrum of customers across a broad area of the state. This brings with it many challenges, however no two customers are the same and every challenge is an opportunity to learn, utilising previous experience and drawing on expertise from across the Emmetts group to solve the issues at hand. Precision Ag is at the fore front of the agricultural industry, we are fortunate that our customers businesses are in a position to be able to utilise the technology. By forming the partnerships we do we are able to maintain that cutting edge position which I feel is mutually beneficial to our individual businesses.

Gary “Doc” Livingston

Manager of Integrated Solutions & Precision Agriculture Consultant, Horsham Branch

Doc is an electronics technician by trade.Born and raised in the Victorian Mallee in the town of Japarit, he left to join the navy at 17 years of age. Doc served 10 years in the navy and then joined Taylor Marine where he remained as a technician and branch manager for 25 years.

In February 2012 Doc joined Emmetts in Horsham.

When asked what he enjoys about Precision Ag his response was “I see it as an expanding and increasingly more important part of agriculture. With the changes in technology I see customers reducing their input costs across seeding, spraying applications and harvest. Valuable information related to their farm is one of the major things farmers are looking for from their equipment. If our team can work with farmers to help generate this information through their Precision Agriculture systems like JDlink, and MyJohnDeere then the customers can make faster and better information decisions. If our team can support them in this, then hopefully we will keep them as Emmetts customers.

Steve Wilson (or Pome to the majority)

Customer Support Specialist and AMS Sales

Originally from a family dairy farm in the UK, Steve’s family ran a 300 head milking heard from a 450 acre farm that included a 100 acres of cropping.

In 2008 Steve travelled to the USA for seven months and spent the majority of that time working on a customer harvest crew. Travelling from the USA to Australia Steve worked on a farm for seven months over harvest in Donald Victoria.

In 2012 he moved to Australia with the intensions of residing here permanently. Emmetts was happy to have him join the Warracknabeal team in February of 2013 in the workshop as a Mechanic. He spent the majority of his time working on Air Seeder and Harvester Pre-deliveries along with Harvester Preseason Services.

In May 2015 took on a full time roll in the Integrated Solutions Department as a Customer Support Specialist and AMS Sales. Steve has been a keen advocate for the use of technology within farming systems and works with the sales team and the customers to ensure that use of the technology is maximised. His Precision Ag Expertise mostly consists of experience in machine set up and operation, Apex/Operations centre Knowledge, Technology Sales.

Steve is looking forward to the future of new technologies and how farmers can benefit from Accurate Data Management.

Andrew Shaw (Shawry)

Precision Ag & Training Consultant

After retiring form the Australian Army, I was employed by Emmetts Swan Hill 2000, where I was employed as a Yardman/Trades Assistant. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to become an Automotive Electrician through Emmetts & John Deere. This opened up the opportunity to become involved with what would become Precision Ag/AMS. Being involved with the set up and delivery of early AMS system was challenging at the time.

I moved on from Emmetts in mid 2006 due to family commitments, but I was able to return to Emmetts in Mid 2009 where I was employed as the Service Manager at the Rupanyup Branch. I spent 2 years in the Rupanyup branch before moving to the Horsham Branch as Service Manager for another 2 years.

In 2013 I made the move to the Precision Ag department as Precision Ag Consultant. Working in the Precision Ag department highlighted a number opportunities for further development of the Emmetts Group based around Internal and external training. I am a qualified Trainer/Instructor through the CFA. These skills are essential in my development of training packages & programs within the Emmetts group.

The challenge that makes working in the Precision Ag department rewarding is keeping up with the Advancing technology and developing relevant training to roll out for Emmetts Group. Working in both Precision Ag and Training gives me the opportunity to work with and meet customers and staff from around the group.

Andrew Snowball

Integrated Solutions Specialist

I have been working in Agriculture for 10+ years as a qualified diesel mechanic, 5 years for RMGH, and for 3 years I was working overseas in the UK, again for a machinery dealer. I moved across to the Precision Ag dept after a position opened up at the end of 2015. From the start I have been interested in the Precision Ag side of Farming and I enjoy diagnostic problem solving, especially electrical or electronic systems, so the move is a good fit for me and keeps me challenged.

My role is as a solution specialist, covering Roseworthy, Murray Bridge and Parndana branches. Working with customers to get the best out their farming business. I feel it is an exciting time to be involved in Precision Ag at the moment, as there have been massive leaps in technology and their availability to farmers is getting better all the time. I see the connectivity of different systems, and the move to make data more easily readable, will help farmers make the best decision for their business. Having Emmetts strongly focused on developing Precision Ag into the future will allow our customers to tap into the best the field has to offer.

It feels great to be able to help customers with solutions to help them get the job done, and also ironing out any bumps along the way. Into the future it would be great to empower farmers to really utilise the technology to its fullest extent, and in more than a few cases Emmetts customers are already doing that and providing feedback to John Deere.

Bradyn Hewitt

Bradyn commenced work at Emmett’s fresh out of school as an apprentice diesel technician in June 2009. After completing his apprenticeship he was seeking to broaden his knowledge in the agricultural industry and with his mechanical background he moved into Sales. When the opportunity arose in 2013 to take on the role as Swan Hill’s Precision Ag /Sales Consultant, he jumped at it. His previous background has helped with the day to day challenges that the job brings. With the advancement in Machinery Technology and having access to aerial mapping this has been something of interest to Bradyn. He now looks after the Precision Ag enquiries & all after sales support for the Swan Hill Branch. He has developed a vast amount of knowledge over the past 7 years in many aspects of the industry, and looks forward to developing with the Emmett’s Precision Ag team.

Paul Wynne

IT Manager

I grew up in Horsham and worked for 6 years in the fuel industry. Left for Melbourne in 1990 to pursue IT career, held various IT positions primarily in the Stock Broking/Investment Banking industry in Melbourne and 4 years in Tokyo. I have a wife and 3 kids, we got sick of the rat race and moved back to Horsham in 2010. Absolutely love working in Precision Ag and hope that my IT experience can help our customers on their journey to sustainable farming.

Matthew Burns

Group Precision Ag. Solutions Manager

Matt has a passion for the advancement of Australian agriculture. With a background in ag research, including plant breeding, application technology, efficacy and animal health.

Matt started with Emmetts in late 2014, coming from the position of Field Agronomist with Bayer Crop Science, in their newly developed Wheat breeding program and the state of the art of plant breeding station located at Longerenong, Victoria.

I grew up on a family farm near Goroke in the West Wimmera, Victoria, running a mix of dryland cropping and stock. In 1999 I started with the Department of Agriculture, as Technical Assistant / Officer at the Victorian Institute of Dryland Agriculture with the canola breeding department. In late 2003 I moved away from the Wimmera, and over the next 6 years had various sales and management roles within and outside of the ag industry. In 2010 I returned Horsham, as a Technical Officer with Agrisearch services, within a research and development role, prior to taking the position with Bayer, to assist with the development of the Wheat Breeding program, and the Plant Breeding Station at Longerenong.

In late 2014, I was offered a position with Emmett’s as a Solutions Specialist, Agronomy Advisor and then becoming Group Precision Ag. Solutions Manager. I saw this as a great opportunity to continue to work at the leading edge in ag. This is the area I believe is going to transform agriculture in the coming years. I have been excited to see the development of the department, and the expansion of the company into SA. With this we have seen the transition from an Integrated Solutions Department, to now a Precision Ag Department, encompassing a broader range of solutions and technology to continue to strengthen our relationships with our customers, and provide value to our growers.

People say the future of agriculture is going to be exciting, I think the industry has always been exciting. To see how far plant breeding, machinery, agronomy and farming practices have come in a 100 years is inspiring. To see the advancement in the last 10-15 years with the introduction of; gps systems, yield monitors, machine telematics, and cloud based services. The next ten years should be phenomenal with iOT, quantum computers, robotics, drones, sensors that can be printed directly onto leaves, etc. The future of data enabled agriculture and differential management is going to be astonishing! I am proud and excited to be at the forefront of this”