Terry Richardson is the new president of Australian Dairy Farmers, the peak policy body providing collective representation for dairy farmers in Australia.
Mr Richardson operates a dairy farm with his family in Deans Marsh, south-west Victoria, where he has lived since 2004.
The farm has a seasonal calving pattern and milks 550 cows.
Mr Richardson was appointed as an ADF business director in November 2015 and became acting president in December 2016.
He has held several positions in the dairy industry, in New Zealand and Australia. He was a Kiwi Co-operative Dairies director 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 has been Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Company chair and was a director for nine years, as well as serving on many community boards and committees.
Also at last week’ annual general meeting, ADF chief executive officer David Inall spoke about the year in review.
‘‘We are pleased with the achievements made this year and we look forward to continuing to deliver on our policy priorities to help deliver a more profitable and sustainable industry in the long-term,” Mr Inall said.
‘‘It has been an honour to discuss Australian Dairy Farmers’ ongoing efforts and to advocate at a national level on your behalf.’’
The ADF Board comprises four farmer directors — Mr Richardson, Simone Jolliffe, Bruce Donnison and John Versteden — and one independent director, Victoria Taylor.