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Dairy Australia members today elected three candidates to the Board at the organisation’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Lardner Park near Warragul in Gippsland, Victoria.

Jeff Odgers was elected as a Director for a third time since first joining the Board in 2013. He was also re-elected as Chair at a Board meeting following the conclusion of the AGM and fills the vacant milk producer position.

Josephine Rozman was elected as a Director for the finance and governance position previously held by Jan West AM, who retired from the Dairy Australia Board today. Ms Rozman has strong finance, risk and accounting skills and agricultural experience.

Professor Paul Wood AO was re-elected to the research and development position, having first joined the Board in 2016. He has over thirty years’ experience in agricultural R&D and is internationally recognised for his work in veterinary immunology and vaccine development. He contested the position with Mark Neal in the election.

Dairy Australia Chair Jeff Odgers congratulated the new Directors on their appointments:

“I would like to officially welcome Josephine Rozman to the Dairy Australia Board and congratulate Paul Wood on his re-election. They bring a strong combination of skills to the Board and will make a great addition to the expertise and experience of our other Directors.”

“We also farewell Jan West who has been a respected Board member and a highly effective Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. I would also like to acknowledge Mark Neal for his interest in becoming a Board member for Dairy Australia and would like to wish him all the best for the future.”

Mr Odgers said that the commitments of the Australian Dairy Plan report once finalised would inform Dairy Australia’s next strategic plan.
“Despite the challenges of recent years, our industry remains fundamentally strong and one of Australia’s most important agricultural sectors. Per capita consumption of dairy in Australia is amongst the highest in the world and we have growth opportunities in many key export markets, where the quality of Australian dairy products is highly valued.”

The AGM was followed by a tour of the DairyFeedbase project at Agriculture Victoria’s nearby Ellinbank Dairy Research Centre. DairyFeedbase was launched last year as a co-investment with Agriculture Victoria and Gardiner Dairy Foundation, in order to bring new technology in a practical way to the management of pastures and feeding of cattle.

For more details on this year's AGM including the on-demand webcast, visit the Annual General Meeting page.

Media enquiries:
Alex Evans
03 9694 3829 I 0475 409 084 I alex.evans@dairyaustralia.com.au

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