Dairy

Top job retained

By Country News

Terry Richardson has been re-elected president of Australian Dairy Farmers.

Mr Richardson first assumed the role of acting president in December 2016 before being formally elected president in November last year.

He was returned for another three years on the board in the role of ADF business director following a challenge by Katunga dairy farmer Daryl Hoey.

‘‘There is not one day where I have not been rewarded in some way by this role, and despite the tough conditions the dairy industry is currently facing I am constantly reminded of the optimism that inspires individuals to share our experiences,’’ Mr Richardson said.

‘‘I want to thank Daryl for putting his hand up for the position because it shows passion and dedication for the industry and I look forward to maintaining a constructive relationship with Daryl in his capacity on the ADF National Council.

‘‘I am committed over the next year to working together to provide a clear vision and purpose for the national dairy farmer body, to finalise our strategic policy and advocacy priorities, and to consider the structural and operational settings of ADF.’’

Mr Richardson, a long-time UDV member, operates a dairy farm with his family at Deans Marsh in south-west Victoria.

He has held several positions in the New Zealand and Australian dairy industries, including as a director of Kiwi Co-operative Dairies, consultant with Agriculture New Zealand, and as chair of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.