Murray Dairy has announced the appointment of its new chair and deputy chairs following the annual general meeting on October 18.
Karen Moroney, from the Mitta Valley, will take on the leadership of the organisation, stepping up from her role as deputy chair which she has held for the past three years.
Ms Moroney has served as a farmer representative on the Murray Dairy board since 2013.
Replacing her in the deputy chair role are Tony McCarthy, of Dhurringile, and Andrew Tyler, of Tongala, who are also serving farmer representatives.
Ms Moroney has been running a dairy farm in Eskdale since 1989, after a career in business administration and management.
She inherited her father’s interests in breeding Australian Red dairy cattle and is a long-standing member of the Australian Red Dairy Breed Association.
From 1990 to 2016 she was the executive officer of the International Red Dairy Breed Federation.
Ms Moroney said she joined the Murray Dairy board because of her passion for the industry, emphasising she wanted to be a leader who represented people across the dairying community.
‘‘I believe that good leadership is not about the leader, it is about encouraging and empowering others,’’ she said.
Ms Moroney acknowledged the difficulty dairy farmers in the Murray Dairy region were currently facing and said the board would continue to respond to that, while also looking at the longer term strategy for the industry.
‘‘We have come through two of the most challenging years for dairy that most of us can remember, and this year will be equally as challenging with high input costs and drought experienced by many farmers in the region,’’ she said.
Murray Dairy is due to review its organisational strategic plan in 2019.
This will feed into the Regional Dairy Industry Strategy being developed by Murray Dairy, Dairy Australia, UDV and Committee for Greater Shepparton.