Dr Stuart Geard (BVSc/BVet.Biol (HONS), BSc (Syd) – Owner – Director
Stuart is a veterinarian specialising in bovine embryo transfer. Stuart has a wealth of knowledge regarding bovine reproduction and is well versed in bovine reproductive physiology.
Stuart practiced as a mixed animal veterinarian and owned a veterinary hospital on the south coast of NSW before focusing solely on bovine embryo transfer.
Stuart’s initial introduction to embryo transfer training was with Dr Gabriel Bo’ (Argentina) and continued under the guidance and mentorship of former HBA owner Dr Rick Tindal, Stuart purchased HBA in 2016. Stuart and his wife Annie live on the family mixed cropping and grazing property in Mangoplah, along with their young son Fletcher. Stuart loves his rugby, chatting all things cattle and is passionate about achieving the best results he can for his great clients.
Tracy Robbins, (BAgSc (Hons)) – Embryologist
Tracy has been part of the HBA team for over 20 years. Tracy graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) before commencing work as an embryologist, a position she held for 20 years.
After working on the road for such a long time, Tracy has decided to spend more time in the office and now heads our accounts management position. Tracy has a wealth of know regarding embryo transfer programming and finds herself still looking down a microscope occasionally when we have big days of flushing on centre.
Amanda Pincott – Embryologist & ET Coordinator
Amanda heads our embryo transfer team. An experienced embryologist, Amanda travelled for several years with Stuart as his chief embryo assistant. Recently, Amanda has become more involved with the organisation of embryo transfer programs for our clients and on centre.
Hailing from her family property in Tarcutta, Amanda is also extremely good with stock, can pregnancy test and is learning how to AI.
Debbie Mills – Operations Manager
Debbie has been with Holbrook Breeders Australia since 1993. She was initially involved with the embryo transfer work before starting in the semen collection service.
Debbie now specialises in import and export, additionally, overseeing the running of HBA. Debbie has extensive knowledge of the Australian cattle industry and cattle reproduction.
In her spare time, Debbie helps run the family’s cattle and famous Berragoon Australian Stock Horse stud on their property east of Holbrook.
Jodie Mohr – Laboratory Technician
Jodie is responsible for coordinating semen collection, processing and semen testing. Jodie divides her time between the collection shed and the laboratory, and is extremely experienced in assessing semen.
Jodie is a great member of our team and is always happy to chat with clients about their bulls. Additionally, Jodie oversees uniform designing.
Jodie Ross – Farm/Office Assistant
Jodie re-joined HBA in January 2018 after spending 2 years working in Canada. Jodie has grown up around cattle and has a wealth of knowledge. Jodie is found primarily in dispatch and in the semen processing laboratory.
Jodie loves getting out on the farm and managing donor programs. Jodie is a very good stockwoman.
Gus Ward – Farm/Livestock Operations Manager
Gus is the centre manager for both centres at Holbrook and Mangoplah. Gus has a wealth of experience in the Australian cattle industry. Before joining the team at HBA, for several years Gus managed 1500 + cows on his own on a large property in the Holbrook region.
Gus is a fantastic stockman and handles cattle with the utmost respect and a calmness that most people don’t have the patience for. Gus is our chief semen collector on centre and on farm.
Samantha Riordan – Embryologist
Samantha recently joined Holbrook Breeders as Stuarts traveling embryo assistant. We first met Samantha when she did work experience in the spring of 2017.
Showing great enthusiasm, we decided to employ Samantha as a second embryologist to share the heavy work and travel load. Samantha has ambitions of becoming a veterinarian in the coming years, and we wish to help her achieve her dream. Samantha is also a talented musician and singer, entertaining Stu while they drive with her Ukulele.