Role Title: Animal
Nutritionist & Feed Quality Analyser
(Shepparton) and Agrilink Feed Services
of work undertaken:
completes a variety of tasks while working at both
organisations. She regularly consults with dairy
farmers on nutrition requirements for heifers and
administers health treatments. She also involved
in the marketing of the Heiferlink Service. In addition,
Jo-Anne analyses feed at producers' properties by
testing various samples. She also is involved in
the marketing of hay and regularly consults dairy
farmers on milking cow feed requirements.
analyses feed at producers'
properties by testing feed samples
and / or individual role / responsibilities:
Jo-Anne's individual role involves all components relating
to marketing, analysing and consulting in her field
of Animal Nutrition.
hopes to complete a Masters in Ruminant Nutrition.
Grew up where?
grew up in Kilmore on an Angus Beef property and
she regularly helped out on the farm. In secondary
school, Jo-Anne hoped to pursue a career in Veterinary
Science, however she said that the VCE score needed
for course entry was very high and she missed
studied: Tertiary /post secondary:
Jo-Anne completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture)
Jo-Anne says that her secondary school course was not
planned particularly for her university course. Her
VCE subjects included English, Maths, Biology and Accounting
with Biology most helpful for her University course.
Jo-Anne believes that students wishing to complete a
science degree should do Chemistry as she did not do
it at school and found the chemistry aspects of her
Jo-Anne completed industry placement with her current
employers during third year at University, (Heiferlink
and Agrilink). Before Jo-Anne went to Uni she was an
office clerk for three years.
Jo-Anne believes that there is a greater opportunity
to do her Masters in Agriculture (Ruminant Nutrition)
now that she has full time employment with more prospects
for funding and research.
on job, new skills, etc.
Jo-Anne says she has developed many more skills in her
new career, including Extension work - consulting with
farmers (mainly dairy producers), health aspects of
growing heifers, administration - invoicing etc., and
information technology skills.
travels locally in the Goulburn Valley area and occasionally
throughout Victoria and southern NSW.
ADVICE TO STUDENTS NOW:
students up to Year 10
should think about things they like, eg. agriculture,
animals, woodwork etc. and choose appropriate subjects
which will benefit them in the future.
suggests that students at VCE level should start thinking
about what they intend to do in the future. Students
need to research courses that appeal to them and work
out the pre-requisite subjects required for entry.
experience is very important in order to make contacts
and become known in the industry. Jo-Anne also suggests
that being involved in an interest group, association
or clubs generate useful contacts.
careers have other graduates from your course entered?
Field Officers, Animal Nutritionists, Agronomists, Farm
Managers, Dairy Farmers, Agricultural Journalists.