Simon Piccini graduated from The University of Queensland (Lawes Campus) in December of 1994 with Associate Diplomas in Agronomy (Field Crops and Pastures) and Animal Production (Grazing Animal Systems). He was a Broadacre Agronomist based in Millmerran on the Darling Downs for 5 years before commencing with Texas & Mingoola Rural Traders in October 2000. In 2012 Simon started with Wilshire and Co following their acquisition of the Texas and Mingoola stores.
Since then Simon has continued to develop his special interests in irrigated and dryland cropping and pasture systems. He consults extensively with local feedlot operations helping them to enhance their production systems. He is an important contact for all producers for advice on farm management systems including speciality rotations such as high moisture corn, lucerne and crops destined for silage. Government departments have taken note of some of the rehabilitation trials that have been undertaken under Simon’s close supervision regarding the removal and reduction of unwanted species in pasture situations such as ‘African Love Grass’ and ‘Heliotrope'. At the conclusion of 2014 Simon took on the role of Group Manager (Western Group) and is now the co-ordinating manager of Tenterfield, Mingoola, Texas and Inglewood.
Pete Rickard Studied Diploma Applied Science - Agronomy & Bachelor of Applied Science - Crops and Rangelands at UQ Gatton 1999 -2001, and has since been in the Agricultural Industry for 13 years. Working as an Agronomist for 12 years in the Goondiwindi area along with a stint in the Texas and Inglewood region, Pete was a welcome addition to the Wilshire & Co team commencing work at the Inglewood store in January 2015.
Pete provides service to the Inglewood, Yelarbon, Goondiwindi and Texas areas covering all broadacre and irrigated crops and pastures. With a back ground in farming, together with his wife, Pete runs beef cattle and has a strong understanding of grazing nutrition and this is complimented by his knowledge of pastures and forages.