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Dr Peter Watts


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Peter Watts co-founded Feedlot Services Australia Pty Ltd (T/A FSA Consulting) in 1994. He is a Principal Consultant with over 25 years of professional experience. This consultancy specialises in two main areas:

  • irrigation system design; including hydrological modelling, ring tanks, laser levelling, channels and drains and plans and specifications.
  • design and environmental management of facilities producing organic effluents; including intensive livestock industries (cattle feedlots, dairy, piggeries, poultry), abattoirs, and similar industries.

Peter’s work has focussed on designing irrigation schemes and farm dams, preparing land and water management plans and property plans, gaining approvals for intensive livestock industries and abattoirs, environmental impact assessment and environmental management, MEDLI modelling for sizing effluent treatment ponds and irrigation areas and odour modelling.

From 1990 to 1994, Peter was Executive Engineer, Feedlot Services, Department of Primary Industries (Queensland). His main role was to manage Meat Research Corporation -funded feedlot waste management research. He also assisted in the development and application of feedlot guidelines. During this time, he also acted as Program Leader (Waste Management) for the Cattle and Beef Industry CRC for Meat Quality and as Chairman of a Murray Darling Basin Commission technical advisory group on intensive rural industries (Algal Management Strategy).

From 1988 to 1990, Peter was principal of an agricultural engineering consultancy, P.J. Watts & Associates. In this position, he designed intensive livestock facilities (mainly effluent treatment facilities), soil and water conservation structures and irrigation systems. From 1981 to 1986, Peter was a Design Engineer for M.E. McKay & Associates, an agricultural engineering consultancy. For part of this time he was also a Director of this firm. Peter's work included designing feedlots and piggeries, environmental impact assessment (agricultural) feasibility studies (agricultural), computer simulations of runoff and crop water use and design and construction supervision of irrigation layouts. From 1977 to 1980, Peter undertook doctoral research at the University of Melbourne in measurement and modelling of the evapotranspiration component of a physically-based hydrological simulation model.

Fields of Special Competence

  • livestock and other organic waste management
  • odour research and modelling
  • design of cattle feedlots and piggeries
  • design and modelling of effluent irrigation systems
  • irrigation engineering
  • environmental impact assessments

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