Forty years’ experience in developing and managing dairy farms and livestock enterprises in countries as diverse as Brazil, Madagascar, Saudi Arabia, China, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Simon’s skill combines a unique blend of both management and development capabilities in consulting with international dairy clients and execution of Greenfield projects in developing countries. Working across these countries has involved successfully designing dairies that are ‘fit for purpose’ for the climatic zone. Simon has extensive and wide-ranging experience with pasture-based dairy systems, fully housed confinement dairy, and hybrid systems across a range of climates from Eastern Russia to the tropics.
Simon’s philosophy is that the total farm system needs to be considered, understood and designed prior to commencing with the infrastructure design.
Simon’s experience allows him to cover the complete scope of work required to execute both green field and brown field projects, provide strategic insight, feasibility studies, appropriate livestock system selection, facility layout from a management perspective, site selection and evaluation, animal handling systems, efficient cow traffic systems, dairy management system development and training, equipment determination, specification and animal recommendation, sourcing and selection. Simon combines his practical knowledge and experience to provide livestock centric advice and guidance to Dairy Engineers and has been collaborating with Jake Martin (JGM International Design Team) for the past five years, and Intelact since 2006 when he was engaged to project manage their Madagascar Project (1,800 cow green field, turnkey project).