Ardmona dairy farmer Jeff Odgers has been appointed deputy chair of the $60million dairy development body, Dairy Australia.
Mr Odgers will offer himself as a candidate for chair in November when incumbent Geoff Akers, from Tallygaroopna, retires at the annual general meeting.
Mr Akers said the appointment of Mr Odgers was a way ensure a seamless transition following his retirement.
Mr Odgers, 50, said he was looking forward to working with Dairy Australia’s board, staff and the broader industry over the coming months as deputy chair.
‘‘I strongly believe that Dairy Australia has a pivotal role as our peak research organisation in partnering with government and community to deliver multiple benefits to farmers and the national economy,’’ he said.
‘‘I spent a few years with Murray Dairy and I enjoyed that involvement.
‘‘This is an opportunity to contribute something more on a national scale.’’
Mr Odgers said he had the support of his wife Robyn and farm management team including his son Jonathan and manager David Christopher, which would enable him to devote time to the governance issues.
Mr Odgers, a director of Dairy Australia since 2013, owns a dairy farming business on two properties at Ardmona, milking 700 cows, and has broad experience in managing large scale farm enterprises in this district and Tasmania.
He has qualifications in business and farm management and served as a director of the Murray Dairy Regional Development Program between 2006 and 2012 and led the organisation as chair from 2008 to 2012.
Mr Odgers is a director of Bega Cheese and was also a director of Tatura Milk Industries prior to the successful merger of the two companies.
Under the current Dairy Australia constitution, the board has the discretion to appoint a deputy chair at any time.
The appointment of Mr Odgers to the deputy chair position took effect on July 27.