Our Team

Our Team

MCA Ag employs a vast range of agronomy specialists to assist you with all of your Ag Management, Staffing and Machinery needs.

Michael Castor

Michael Castor

Managing Director

BScAgr, GradCertRurSc(CP)

(07) 4671 2045

Michael began MCA in 1988 as a one man operation, and has grown the company into the market leader it has become, providing quality farm management advice to clients throughout southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

He has accomplished this through a business model of sustained and gradual growth, driven by his desire for excellence and constant improvement using science based innovation.

His extensive experience with irrigated and dryland broadacre cropping systems coupled with an understanding of agricultural business management have informed his strategic positioning of MCA to be a provider of quality advice and a partner with the agricultural industry.

Michael grew up in the Blue Mountains and gained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Sydney, and a Certificate in Rural Science (Cotton Production) from UNE. He enjoys running his own farming enterprise, and spending time with his wife Jemma and their two children.

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Paul Castor

Paul Castor

Director

BScAgr, Churchill Fellow

07 4638 7471 Toowoomba

0427 712 003

Paul is based in our Toowoomba office, and plays a leading role in research and development at MCA. He collates and evaluates the most recent research, scientific data and trial results which he presents at regular MCA Agronomy Meetings for discussion with our team.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Sydney University, and in 1996 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study cotton farming in the USA. Before joining MCA in 1997 he gained experience with the NSW Dept of Agriculture at their head office in Sydney, as well as at various locations in NSW.

Farming systems, and their design and implementation are of particular interest to Paul, along with technological advances in agriculture.

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Paul Gardoll

Paul Gardoll

Director

0428 712 002

Stuart Thorn

Stuart Thorn

Director

BAppSc(Hons)

0428 712 006

After graduating with honours in a Bachelor of Applied Science - Rural Technology, Stuart gained experience as an agronomist, and also on the family farm before joining the MCA team in 2000.

Stuart applies his considerable expertise in dryland and irrigated cropping systems to progress clients’ farm businesses, working with each client to find the most profitable and sustainable farming solutions.

He is current chair of the Goondiwindi branch of the Northern Grower Alliance Local Research Group, and has been a Research Advisory Committee member of Western Downs/Maranoa and NE NSW.

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Jeremy Dawson

Jeremy Dawson

Director

BRurSc

0428 712 004

Jeremy completed a Bachelor of Rural Science at the University of New England in 1998, then moved to Goondiwindi to gain relevant experience. In 2003 he became a member of the MCA team, and now provides specialised advice on all aspects of broadacre agronomy to his clients.

He is also responsible for co-ordination of MCA’s involvement in the GRDC National Paddock Survey.

Jeremy is a keen triathlete, and he and his wife Anna enjoy being involved with their three children’s rugby, swimming, ballet and motocross.

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Tim Richards

Tim Richards

Director

BRurSc, GradCertRurSc(CP)

0428 712 005

Tim has extensive experience in the management of large scale irrigation and dryland operations, including management of staff, financials, budgeting and equipment. The whole farm management approach that MCA provides inspired Tim to join the company in 2010.

His expertise growing irrigated cotton has been recognized with awards for Darling Downs Cotton Growers 2014 Consultant of the Year & High Achiever of the Year, 2013 & 2014 Irrigated Cotton Crop of the Year, Darling Downs Cotton Grower of the Year, plus the Outstanding Yield Award 2014 was awarded to client Jason Sinclair of "Lakeland Downs" Condamine.

Tim is President of the Goondiwindi Triathlon Club and involved in all things swim/bike/run, is on the board of St Marys School, and the coach of his daughter’s netball team.

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Frank Valentine

Frank Valentine

Director

BAppSc

0428 782 010

Frank completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Queensland in 2001, then with experience in general and cotton agronomy joined the MCA Cotton Team in 2006.

His in-depth knowledge, extensive experience and expertise are particularly valuable to our clients, assisting them to produce the most profitable cotton crops possible, with a particular focus on maximising yield potential.

Frank is a committee member of the McIntyre Valley Cotton Growers Association, and a keen recreational fisherman.

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Rory Kerlin

Rory Kerlin

Agronomist

DipAppSc(Agr), GradCertRurSc(CP)

0427 512 008

Murray Aylwin

Murray Aylwin

Agronomist

BHortSc, MAg

0428 712 007

Murray completed a Bachelor of Horticultural Science in 2003, and then worked as an agronomist while finishing a Master of Agriculture in 2010. He is particularly interested in the practical and analytical aspects of grains agronomy and financial reporting, and their application to maximise profit for farming businesses.

Murray moved to Goondiwindi in 2007 to join the MCA team, and has enjoyed playing rugby and following his interest in vehicle and machinery restoration, as well as spending time with his wife Amanda and their two young children.

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Ed Offner

Ed Offner

Agronomist

BAppSc(Agr)

07 4665 8287 Condamine

0409 712 011

Ed’s experience in broadacre and cotton agronomy led him to become part of the MCA team in 2013, based in our Chinchilla office. He is particularly interested in irrigated grains and pulses as well as broadacre cropping, and has enjoyed further study in these areas.

Raised on a mixed farm at Westmar, he always had a passion and commitment to agriculture, which he followed after gaining a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agronomy) at the University of Queensland in 2004.
Ed and his wife Kate and two young sons enjoy rural life, running cattle on their small property at Chinchilla.

Ed has been involved in the Condamine rugby club for ten years, both as a keen player and former committee member.

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Angus Elder

Angus Elder

Agronomist

BAgrcSc

07 4669 1103 Chinchilla Office

0428 712 009

Angus is based at our Chinchilla office, and joined MCA in 2014 after obtaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland. He is particularly interested in herbicide resistance management, and risk management in farming systems.

Experience in agricultural finance and other farming enterprises, as well as the family grazing business, have given Angus an understanding of various aspects of farm management. He enjoys being part of a rural community and is a keen rugby player.

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Cate Wild

Cate Wild

Agronomist

DipAppSc(Agr)

0487 713 014

Hamish Johnstone

Hamish Johnstone

Farm Manager

07 4677 5128

0428 765 125