ADF National Council
The Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF)’s National Council plays a crucial role providing input to ADF’s strategic direction and policy focus areas.
The National Council is responsible for developing policy for the ADF Board’s consideration and advising the Board of opportunities to improve the implementation of the ADF Strategic Plan. The National Council is a larger body that also keeps the ADF Board informed of member issues.
The National Council also oversees the Policy Advisory Groups (PAGs), providing valuable insight and support on new and emerging issues amongst the five PAG areas.
Terry Richardson operates a dairy farm with his family in Deans Marsh, South West Victoria, where he has lived since 2004. The farm has seasonal calving pattern and milks 600 cows.
Terry was appointed ADF Business Director in November 2015, acting President in December 2016 and President in November 2017.
Terry has held a number of positions in the dairy industry, both in New Zealand and Australia. He was a director of Kiwi Co-operative Dairies for seven years and a dairy consultant with Agriculture New Zealand for seven years. After moving to Australia he joined his local UDV branch and was later appointed to the South West Regional Extension Committee. He was previously Chairman of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Company and was a director of the company for eight years. Terry has also served on many community boards and committees.
Terry completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, a Diploma of Business Studies, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brian Tessmann is a Queensland dairy farmer from the South Burnett area. Jointly running the family operation with his brother, the farm has been in the Tessmann family for four generations and milks 150 cows.
Brian has a long history with the Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation (QDO). Since being appointed as District Secretary in 1995, he was then elected to the QDO Board and State Council in 2000 and in 2003 became the Vice President.
Brian has been President of QDO since 2009, as well as a Director on the ADF Board and National Council. Over this period, Brian has also held various roles at both state and national levels.
Brian is passionate about the northern dairy industry and hopes to drive improved opportunities for farmers in the region. Brian is married to Dixie with two sons, Carl and Eric.
Daryl Hoey is a fourth-generation dairy farmer from Katunga, northern Victoria. Running the full-time family operation, the Hoey’s farm milks 300 cows on 140 hectares of land.
Daryl is a representative of the Australian Dairy Farmers’ (ADF) National Council and Chair of the Murrary Darling Basin Task Force. Since 2006, Daryl has also been policy Councillor for the United Dairfarmers of Victoria (UDV) District Council Three.
As an active member of ADF’s Natural Resources Policy Advisory Group (PAG), Daryl is passionate about securing a sustainable environment which is critical for the industry’s viability and community recognition. Daryl is also a member of the Farming Systems and Herd Improvement PAG, and has a keen interest in genetics and understanding farming systems.
Daryl was a Director of the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme and was a former long-serving Director on the Murray Dairy Board.
John Keely is a fifth-generation dairy farmer from Cohuna, Northern Victoria and an active Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) representative on the ADF National Council and Natural Resources Policy Advisory Group.
He is also the Regional Representative for DC1 (formerly District Council No.1) for the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria Policy Council.
John and his wife, Michelle manage their family run operation, alongside John’s father and son. The farm has been in the Keely Family’s name since 1874, spreading over 400 hectares of irrigated pastures and crops, and milking 340 predominantly Holstein cows in a split calving system.
Outside of farming, John’s interests include football as a passionate member of the Collingwood Football Club and a representative of his local Central Murray Football Netball League Board.
Michael Partridge is a fourth-generation dairy farmer from Brunswick, Western Australia. The “White Rocks Dairy” farm has been in the Partridge family for over 125 years, run by Michael and his wife, Leanne, alongside his parents and two children.
Milking 650 cows around the year, White Rocks Dairy also runs a multi-award winning "White Rocks Veal” operation. Michael has recently started another small dairy which will run alongside the existing farm.
Michael is a representative on the Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) National Council and President of WA Farmers dairy section. He is also President of the Brunswick Agricultural Society.
As a strong advocate for innovation, Michael is a strong believer in agriculture being able to return value from the market back to farmers and thinks the industry needs to further embrace value-adding farming systems to improve the profitability and sustainability of farming in Australia.
Ann Gardiner operates a dairyfarm in northern Victoria with her husband and son. The family milk 850 cows on 351ha in a split calving, pasture-based system.
After completing her B.Agr.Sc (hons) at University of Melbourne in 1981 Ann came to Echuca as a dairy extension officer with the Department of Agriculture in February 1982.
In May 1989 Ann went sharefarming and in July 1990 bought the first farm in Bamawm. The business has grown from 220 cows on 41 ha to the current size. There are 7 full-time employees.
Ann was a director on Murray Dairy Board, has sat on numerous steering committees, is Treasurer of the local Dairy Business Network group and has completed a Murray Darling Basin Leadership course with ARLP.
In addition to dairy interests Ann is passionate about supporting farming communities. She was treasurer of the local football club Ladies Committee for several years. She was also a member of the Lockington and District Community Plan Group for many years and has been involved with running community events during the millennial drought years to provide support for farming families. Ann has 5 children and has been on the local primary school board and has been actively involved with a variety of local sporting clubs.
Colin's dairy career began on a small family farm at Narooma on the far south coast of NSW. In January 2000, due to deregulation, the family farm was sold and Colin, wife Erina and family relocated to Cowra, central west NSW. During the past 19 years they developed a 320 cow freestall dairy facility producing around 4.5 million litres of milk per year. They produce irrigated corn, lucerne and cereals to provide fodder for the dairy herd.
A member of the NSWFarmers Dairy Committee for the past 4 years Colin was recently elected Chair of the Committee.
John Hunt arrived in South Australia from New Zealand eight years ago with his family - and a dream of dairy farm ownership.