Paul Williams is a full time Technical Officer for Tropical Beef Technology Services (TBTS). Paul commenced employment with TBTS in February 2012. Paul was initially based in Armidale for intensive training at ABRI before being relocated to the Rockhampton office at Brahman House in July 2012.
Paul was born and raised on a dairy/ beef property in the upper Brisbane River District in South East Qld. After finishing his studies at Queensland Agricultural College, Paul worked on the family property for 4 years.
Following this, Paul worked for CSIRO as a Technical Officer for 22 years. Originally Paul was based in Brisbane where he worked on a variety of areas including IVF in cattle, transgenics and on Arbovirus vectors.
Between 1996 and 2011, he was based in Rockhampton and worked on a project within the Beef CRC. His main responsibilities involved running and assisting in all aspects of research projects focused on beef production in Northern Australia. This included performing ultrasound scanning on beef cattle for carcase and fertility traits and undertaking artificial breeding programs. He was firstly involved on the Northern Crossbreeding Project at ‘Duckponds’ looking at meat quality in CRC I. His work continued to CRC II and III where he specialised in ovarian and carcase scanning, studying genetic links between meat quality, adaptation and heifer puberty. In CRC III, he continued scanning the cows over six matings to study lifetime reproductive performance.
Roma based Beef Extension Officer, Tim Emery, has joined the Tropical Beef Technology Services team on a three year secondment from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Tim commenced employment with TBTS in late February 2017.
Tim studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at The University of Queensland and during his time at university he undertook a 16 week internship at Swan’s Lagoon Beef Cattle Research Station near Ayr and work experience with CSIRO. He graduated in 2008 and was then appointed as a Beef Extension Officer at Roma in early 2009, where he has worked for the last eight years.
Tim has considerable experience and expertise in beef genetics, having been involved in the Beef CRC Champions Program as a “Genomics Champion” and more recently the Next Gen Beef Breeding Strategies Project and the current “Repronomics” Project being conducted with Brahman, Droughtmaster and Santa Gertrudis cattle.
In recent years he has delivered numerous breeding and genetics presentations over a wide area of Queensland, from Malanda in the north to Gympie in the east and Thargomindah in the west, as part of field days, workshops and the Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) program.
Tim sat on the Future Farmers Network Board of Directors for six years and has twice been named as a finalist in the Emerging Leader Award at the Queensland Red Meat Awards. In addition, he has been on the organising committee of the widely recognised Young Beef Producers’ Forum (YBPF) in Roma for the last seven years. He is also involved in the family beef business at Wallumbilla and has his own small herd.
In his new role with TBTS, Tim will work widely with both commercial and seedstock producers in northern Australia with the goal of increasing the adoption of BREEDPLAN and its associated technologies. He will continue to be based in Roma.