Shared leadership for a strong future

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - Category: In the News
Speaking at the annual Tasmanian Dairy Conference on 26 March in Burnie, ADF President Noel Campbell discussed the importance of the industry working together - not in silos - to achieve a stronger voice and ultimately, a more sustainable future.

“The traditional view of leadership, where the buck stops with the person at the top does not work for our industry.

“The extent to which dairy succeeds in getting where it wants to will rely on the strength of this shared leadership,” Mr Campbell said.

The conference, in its eighth year, attracted over 200 dairy farmers, industry service providers, government and dairy organisation representatives to discuss a range of topics, including industry outlook, future developments, farm investment, and industry sustainability and innovation.

Mr Campbell, a third-generation dairy farmer at his 470-cow dairy farm in West Gippsland, Victoria, said there was a need for farmers to be proactive in the promotion of dairy past the farm-gate.

“The understanding about the relevance and importance of our industry has been and continues to be heard louder than ever before. And we all have a role to play in building on this momentum; to promote the value and good practices of our industry.

“You don’t have to be an outstanding public speaker or the most experienced statesman in the room to be a strong, effective leader. What you do need is vision, persistence and the courage to pursue your cause.

“Everyone in the dairy industry can show leadership to promote the industry... Farmers can invite people onto their farms and show them that, while we're not perfect, we're committed to good practices, and building a stronger, more prosperous industry.

“The more we do this, the more value the broader dairy community will see in supporting us,” Mr Campbell said.

Speaking alongside Mr Campbell at the conference included LEGENDAIRY Ambassador, Michael Klim, Dairy Futures CRC CEO, David Nation and Dairy Australia Managing Director, Ian Halliday. For more information about the event, download your copy of the conference program here.


Photo source: Meg Windram, The Advocate


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