Nation to lead dairy group

By Country News

Dairy Australia has announced David Nation will be its new managing director.

Dr Nation will succeed outgoing managing director Ian Halliday, who will soon take up an appointment as Australia’s Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner in Dubai.

For the past two years Mr Nation has acted as a co-director of DairyBio, a joint venture of the Victorian Government and Dairy Australia to provide five years of investment in dairy bioscience to deliver a series of practical applications in pasture and herd improvement.

He previously spent six years as the chief executive of Dairy Futures Co-operative Research Centre and five years as a program manager at Dairy Australia.

Peak dairy group Australian Dairy Farmers welcomed the appointment, with president Terry Richardson expecting Dr Nation to bring plenty of experience to the table.

‘‘Research and development is vital to maintaining the profitability of Australian dairy farms and we look forward to David contributing to this important conversation,’’ Mr Richardson said.

He also acknowledged the contribution Mr Halliday made to the dairy industry during the past nine years as Dairy Australia’s managing director.

‘‘Ian will leave behind an impressive legacy including the delivery of a globally-recognised industry sustainability framework and strengthening Dairy Australia’s regional development programs,’’ Mr Richardson said.

Dr Nation will officially start as managing director on July 30.