Rochy dairy farmer gets top job

New role: Rochester's Tom Acocks’ family has a long association with the Australian Dairy Conference and he is looking forward to stepping into the president’s role. Photo by Rodney Woods

Rochester dairy farmer Tom Acocks has been appointed president of Australian Dairy Conference.

The fourth-generation farmer has stepped up to the role after serving on ADC’s board since 2015 and as a member of the executive team for the past five years. Most recently he held the position of vice-president before taking over from Tasmanian dairy farmer Ben Geard.

Mr Acocks said he was looking forward to stepping up to the role and guiding ADC over the next few years.

“Obviously, with such turbulent times and the impacts of COVID on the ability to host ADC it has been a testing time as an event organiser,” he said.

“But hopefully, all according to plan, we can be back on track and bring a bigger and better ADC to our delegates.

“Our next ADC is scheduled for Hobart in 2023 and we are optimistic we can deliver this event in the future.”

Mr Acocks said in the meantime, they were always looking for ways to bring ADC to members across the country.

“I am quite proud to take on the role of president. My family has a long association with ADC and I’ve grown up always having the event as part of regular conversation and the annual calendar.

“In fact, I think Dad has attended nearly every year and has been to about 16 conferences over ADC’s 18-year history.

“So, to get the opportunity to lead ADC and be part of the journey and be part of a movement that can impact and influence the national dairy agenda is something I am quite excited about.”

Mr Acocks is no stranger to board representation. He is a Murray Dairy board director and current chair of the Rochester Dairy Business Network.

He thanked and acknowledged Mr Geard’s involvement and direction over the past five years. Mr Geard remains as a director.