Agripath Team

Agripath provides business and technical management services to farm clients throughout Australia. The company was formed with a clear vision to provide financial and physical production data to farmers in a format that allows them to understand their business and assist them to make better business decisions.

The Agripath team encompasses experienced consultants who have been providing financial and technical advice to farming and grazing clients for twenty years. Office locations are Tamworth, Gunnedah, Geelong and Dalby.

Simon Fritsch

Founder of Agripath, Simon has over 20 years experience in agriculture with his client base encompassing irrigation, dry land farming and grazing operations.

He has Southern, Central, and Northern NSW farming systems experience. Simon’s particular strengths have been in financial analysis and planning to deliver profitable outcomes for client businesses. Simon has worked as an irrigation agronomist for Twynam Cotton at Warren, a dry land consultant agronomist for Hassall & Associates and team leader Farm Business Consulting for Hassall & Associates.

Simon has worked in many parts of Australia, giving him a broad understanding of all facets of farming in diverse environments and an excellent network of skilled land managers/farm advisors. Simon has a degree in Rural Science.

Dr Peter Wylie

Peter has spent the past 30 years helping farmers to improve their farm profitability by implementing good farming systems, best practice and other ingredients of a good farming business which include crop selection, farm cost choices, labour, safety and machinery decisions.

Special expertise includes conservation farming, soil and carbon management, soil fertility and the use of recycled organics such as feedlot and poultry manure. A PhD thesis was completed on the ‘Economics and Adoption of Conservation Farming systems in Northern Australia’.

Peter has spent many years as principal of Horizon Rural Management and after a break working in land management for Origin Energy has joined with Simon Fritsch and Agripath Pty Ltd. to provide benchmarking and farm profit advice to farmers in Queensland. Farm business plans, feasibility studies, farm purchase proposals and business cases for irrigation and other projects have been part of past and current consultancy work.
Peter has been involved in many training workshops for farmers. Writing about farming systems and farm profitability has been extensive over the years

Rob Sizer

Rob Is a member of the Agripath team in Tamworth starting as an analyst in August 2013.
He has worked on various farms in Victoria, Southern NSW and Canada with a range of exposure in primary production including; Irrigated Cotton, Dry land cropping, Beef, Wool, Prime lambs, Olive groves, Tree nurseries, Forestry and Hay contracting.

Rob has a Bachelor of Business (farm management) from Marcus Oldham in Geelong.

Pete McCann

Pete has been involved in the agricultural industry for over 20 years and has a valuable mix of practical experience and formal education. Pete joined Agripath in 2014 following a successful nine years as Operations Manager for the Warakirri Agricultural Trust and more recently as a lecturer in Farm Business Management at Marcus Oldham College and a senior consultant at RMCG.

Pete’s areas of expertise include, benchmarking farm business performance, business financial analysis and strategic decision making, farm business planning and budgeting, agricultural systems management and corporate agribusiness and business management.

Whilst at Warakirri, Pete lead the strategic planning and budgeting of the farming operations, facilitated benchmarking studies of large-scale corporate agricultural operations and implemented strategies to improve labour efficiency and reduce the cost of production to ensure Warakirri’s operations met their investor’s expectations.

Kate Fritsch

Office manager for Agripath in the Tamworth ofice. Kate previously worked for ABARE and with Simon in starting an independent consulting service. She has experience in cotton agronomy, Rural book-keeping and as a consultant with Hassall and Associates. Kate attended Hawkesbury Agricultural College studying a degree in Applied Science (Systems Agriculture).

Scott Wallace

Scott has been professionally involved in the agricultural industry over the last 15 years after graduating with a Degree in Rural Science. This follows a background of growing up with a mixed farming operation including a sheep stud in the Canowindra area of Central West NSW.

Scott joined the Agripath team in July 2015 after a 7 year tenure with the CBH Group as a Regional Manager in Esperance WA and Narrabri NSW. Prior to this Scott had built extensive experience as an agronomist in irrigated cotton, horticulture, dryland farming and pastures. During this time Scott was able to gain a wide cross section of knowledge across many different agricultural systems spanning across the areas of Central & Northern NSW and in WA.

Emily Sims

Emily joined the Agripath team in Tamworth as an analyst in June 2015. She has a lifelong rural background and has developed a wide range of experience and skills in agriculture. During appointments in NSW and Canada, she has been exposed to a range of agricultural industries including extensive and intensive livestock systems as well as mixed farming and cropping operations. Emily is particularly interested in sheep and beef activities. She has a passion to pursue the growth of profitable and sustainable businesses using an open-minded approach.

Emily has gained a Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Consulting through the University of New England. She was part of the inaugural Future Livestock Consultants program, funded by the MLA Donor Company, completing a project investigating the effects of scale and levels of diversification on the profitability of extensive livestock assets.

Kim Bowman

Kim has been working with farm families in southern Queensland for over 20 years with the main focus being to  fine tune and improve the profitability of their businesses. Kim also has experience in Western Australia where he was born and raised on mixed farming property near Geraldton.

Kim has had extensive experience with dryland cropping and livestock systems and provided business management advice on aspects such as enterprise selection, crop choices, livestock options, input costs, human resources, machinery ownership, use of contractors, finance structuring, succession planning & effective preparation for timeliness of operations.

Kim has a degree in Agribusiness, a graduate diploma in Agricultural Economics and a Masters degree in Agriculture.