Chris Bowman, Chairman Hay Inc
Chris is an independent, professional sheep classer and merino breeding specialist. Over the last nine years he has built up a classing run of 190,000 stud and commercial flock sheep throughout Australia and New Zealand. His also advises clients on sheep breeding, management and marketing programmes; identifying top performing sires, sourcing genetics and ram selection.
Prior to this, Chris was the General Manager and Studmaster of one of Australia’s most influential merino parent studs, Uardry, for 18 years. Under his leadership the stud won six Riverina Ram of the Year awards; achieved the top price at the Dubbo National Ram Sales five times and won countless major championships throughout the eastern states.
During this time many young people, who are now at the forefront of the merino industry, were mentored and trained by Chris. They received training in all areas of stockmanship, animal husbandry, station management and maintenance to equip them with the skills to run a successful business.
Chris’ ongoing commitment to Hay Inc demonstrates his passion for mentoring and training young people in agriculture, and a firm belief they are our great asset.
Duncan Fraser AM
Owner/Manager of pastoral and irrigation property producing wool and sheepmeat plus in the past, rice, corn, canola and wheat. The property is 45 kms south west of
Hay NSW. He is married to Louise with two children. Duncan is a passionate advocate and a dedicated member of the agricultural community, with over 20 years experience with various state, federal and commodity agri-political organisations.
A former National Farmers' Federation president, in 2015 Duncan was made a Member of the Division (AM) in the Order or Australia for his significant service to
primary industry, to professional associations, and to education and training. Duncan holds a B. Ag Ec (1977) from UNE and is Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership
Program which he completed in 1999.
Currently Duncan is Chair of the Sheep Industry CRC and also the Implementation Steering Committee of the National Wild Dog Action Plan, he is on the Board of
Skills Service Organisation, Skills Impact and is a member of the TOCAL college advisory council.
Mrs Markeeta GIBSON - BSC, LLB, Grad Dip Legal Practice, GAICD Mrs. Gibson owns a law
firm and operates a large-scale grazing and irrigation enterprise at Hay in NSW with
her husband and two children.
Mrs Gibson is currently a NSW practising Solicitor, Board Member of the NSW Rural
Assistance Authority and Chair of its Audit & Risk Committee. She previously held
positions as Chair of MI Holdings Pty Limited, a Non-Executive Director of
Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd and a member of its Audit Committee. She is a
graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive
experience with rural succession planning, rural, commercial and residential property
transfers, as well as trading water entitlements and water allocations.
Mr Robert Gibson Mr. Gibson owns and operates a large-scale grazing and irrigation
enterprise to the North Hay in NSW covering an area of 70000 acres with his wife
and two children. Robert brings 30 years of livestock and farming experience to Hay
Inc and was trained through the “jackaroo system” on farms in Queensland and a
sheep stud near Coleambally.
Robert is passionate about wool and regularly takes Hay Inc participants and
graduates on farm to extend and consolidate their learning whilst being mentored.
Robert is also a qualified and experienced wool classer.
Sandra owns and operates a beef cattle and sheep enterprise near Booligal on the
lower Lachlan River North of Hay, with her husband and three teenage children.
Growing up on a Merino sheep property on the Monaro, Sandra studied Agriculture at
University of Western Sydney before working in the veterinary and agricultural animal
health industry in sales and marketing.
Sandra recently was awarded 2017 NSW/ACT Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award
Winner where she will build on the success of the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program by
developing Engage AG an adaptable model of the program, to promote the initiative to
other rural communities, creating opportunities for careers in agriculture.
She has been a major driver of community events in the Hay region combining
agriculture, tourism and education – with one of her successes being instigating and
coordinating the Booligal Sheep Races now in its 20 th year.
Sandra is also passionate about creating leadership and networking
opportunities for women. She is involved with the National Rural Women’s
Coalition as a member of the NRWC Communication Reference Group.
Matt owns and operates a predominately beef cattle and sheep enterprise near Booligal
on the Lower Lachlan River North of Hay, with his wife and three teenage children. He
is a 5 th generation farmer in the district.
He studied agriculture at Wagga Agricultural College (now CSU) before working in the
USA on an agricultural exchange and then as an agronomist at the Department of
Agriculture in Deniliquin before returning to the Booligal district.
He has been involved in the local community as Rugby player and coach, Junior Rugby
League Coach, and Active after schools sport coach. Along with many positions on local
community groups including President of the Booligal School P & C and Booligal Sheep
Richard Cannon and Dan Korf