Tribute to Howard Lee

Dec 21, 2015

The industry bid farewell to dedicated dairy advocate, Howard Lee who sadly passed away on his way home from a meeting of NSW Farmers on the Mid North Coast in late November.

Mr Lee, who was born in Kempsey on 10 October 1939, was an inspirational man who was admired by many. A keen industry representative, Mr Lee was part of the NSW Farmers Dairy Committee for many years and held several other roles with the industry body, including on the NSW Farmers Executive Committee.

Mr Lee was a passionate community leader for Kempsey. For over five years he was a member of the Mooneba-Turners Flat Rural Bush Fire Brigade, which began with a tractor and trailer. He was also President of the Kempsey Show Committee and former director of the Kempsey Heights Bowling Club.

Colleagues at New South Wales Farmers recall Mr Lee as a gentle, smiling man and a well respected community leader. Fellow North Coast NSW Dairy Committee member and long-time friend of Mr Lee, Julie Moore described him as a real “go-getter”.

“Howard was always looking for a way to improve things for dairy farmers and to promote the good practices of dairy. He was particularly keen to see farmers get a better milk price,” Ms Moore said. “He was a passionate advocate. He will be greatly missed.”

On behalf of the dairy industry, ADF extends its deepest sympathies to Mr Lee’s wife Shirley as well as his friends and family.

NSW Dairy Committee member, Howard Lee is remembered as a "go-getter" with a gentle spirit. 

 

Have You Responded to the Regional Wellbeing Survey Yet?

Dec 09, 2015

Open until the 31 December, the 2015 Regional Wellbeing Survey forms an important piece of social research that farming organisations and government agencies draw on to understand farmers’ views and social impacts on a range of regional issues.

This year’s survey covers issues such as drought, water reform, green tape, CSG and mining, sustainable farming practices, markets, farm finance, and innovation. With more than 9000 respondents in 2014, the survey results to provide a sound statistical policy resource. 

For more information and to complete the online survey visit: http://www.regionalwellbeing.org.au


Success relies on shared ownership

Aug 18, 2015

Speaking at the annual WAFarmers’ Dairy Conference on 28 July in Busselton, ADF Director, Simone Jolliffe discussed the importance of working collectively to achieve a more sustainable future.

“The extent to which dairy succeeds in its objectives will rely on shared leadership, with everyone in the industry recognising that their contribution adds to the end goal.

“Don’t underestimate the value of your involvement or the many ways in which you can demonstrate leadership. Attending farmer discussion group meetings is one way, being here and participating today is another,” Ms Jolliffe said.

With over 90 dairy farmers, processors and industry stakeholders gathered, the one-day conference was a fantastic opportunity for members and non-members to hear from their fellow dairy farmers.

As a first generation dairy farmer at her property in Wagga Wagga, NSW as well as Deputy Chair of Dairy NSW, Ms Jolliffe said there was a need for farmers to be proactively involved with those representing their interests.

“Farmer engagement with industry bodies responsible for setting priorities whether in advocacy or research programs is key to ensuring that our policy settings truly reflect industry needs. If everyone takes part in identifying, owning and finding solutions to our challenges, the resulting decisions made will inevitably be sounder.”

Speaking alongside Ms Jolliffe at the Conference was Victorian dairy farmer and horse trainer, Anne McGrath, who shared the emotional story of her family’s challenging journey after a young farm worker was killed on their property. Telling the conference of the legal action against her family which followed the tragedy, Ms McGrath reiterated the importance of getting farm safety right for all involved.

At the Dairy Council annual general meeting later that afternoon, President Phil Depiazzi, Senior Vice President Michael Partridge and Junior Vice President Paul Ieraci were re-elected unopposed to their respective positions.

Dairy consultant, John Mulvany chaired the processor panel involving representatives from Brownes, Parmalat (Harvey Fresh) and Lion who discussed opportunities for dairy to grow in future, as well as milk price challenges. The conference concluded with a wonderful gala dinner where a number of WA dairy farmers were recognised with Dairy Australia’s Milk Quality Awards.

For more information about the event, download your copy of the conference program here


WAFarmers’ Dairy Council’s Junior Vice President, Paul Ieraci with President, Phil Depaiazzi and Senior Vice President, Michael Partidge at the conference.


ADF Director, Simone Jolliffe speaking at the WAFarmers 2015 Dairy Conference.

 

WAFarmers Dairy Conference 28 July

Jul 18, 2015

Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) is excited to attend the WAFarmers Annual Dairy Conference in Busselton on 28 July, to address key challenges facing the Australian dairy sector. Dairy industry representatives are invited to join agribusiness leaders to discuss everything from innovative technologies on farm to the importance of wellbeing for everyone on farm.

ADF Director, Simone Jolliffe will present at the conference, exploring how the successful conclusion of several key trading agreements with Asia will open up new opportunities for dairy, as well as the broader agricultural sector, and how best to take full advantage of them.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.wafarmers.org.au/events/wafarmers-annual-dairy-conference/ .

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