News: ROCA alumni network
Alicia Rochler grew up in Mount Gambier and always dreamed of working with animals. She has since followed her passion to become a qualified vet. After Alicia graduated from Roseworthy, she took on a position with the Murray Bridge Vet Clinic. She continues to work with the Clinic today valuing any opportunity to learn new skills in small and large animal medicine.
David was twenty one and an experienced stonemason labourer, shearer and farmer when he decided to pursue his passion for Ag. The natural choice was enrolling at Roseworthy to further his skills and knowledge. Now he owns and manages his own business, Long Seed and Grain Pty Ltd, and is Regional Manager for Nidera Australia.
Leonie Spriggs has always been passionate and driven to work within business and agriculture. While studying at Roseworthy, Leonie felt incredibly inspired because she was combining two areas she loved. Having grown up in the country, Roseworthy was a great choice as it offered the ability to study in a country area.
Claire is passionate about using the skills and knowledge that she learned while studying at Roseworthy in her current role with Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) in north-west Victoria. For the last 10 years, Claire has been involved in BCG which is a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers from the Wimmera and Mallee regions of Victoria.
Farming is in Lachie Nitschke's blood. Lachie grew up on his family's cropping property near Greenock in South Australia. After graduating from Kapunda High School in 2005, Lachie went onto complete his Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Science) at the University of Adelaide with the intention of working in agronomy.
From Yorke Peninsula to Roseworthy College, East Africa, China and New York! Simon Hill has traveled the world leading an exciting career of Agribusiness and other cutting-edge ventures. Simon spent his childhood growing up on his family farm near Ardrossan on the Yorke Peninsula. Following graduation from Roseworthy College, Simon's first 10 years was spent in various agronomic sales and management roles throughout South Australia, including Dermody's IAMA, J.T.Johnson & Sons and CropCare, while simultaneously juggling a League Football career with North Adelaide in the city.
The topic of 'Agriculture' has always excited Alexander, who now works for one of the world's most well-known Agribusiness brands in Ag, John Deere. In 1994 Alexander studied Agricultural Economics at Georg August University of Göttingen in Germany. He then decided to travel to the land down under in search of new experiences. In 1995, he looked to Roseworthy College in order to broaden his knowledge on Australian agricultural systems. Fast forward a few years and Alexander now leads a passionate team as Territory Manager for John Deere International based out of Switzerland.
Dale's experience at Roseworthy College proved to him that it was possible to make a genuine long-term difference to the community and the State's rural industries. Dale has served 34 years with the SA Government's Agriculture Department in various roles and has lead the popular rural radio program, Agrow on 5MU! Among other achievements, his career is a proud one, full of opportunity and value to rural communities.