The Australian dairy industry has recently farewelled two long-standing leaders; dedicated dairy farmers; husbands; fathers; and grandfathers… But most of all, two “top blokes”.
Officially stepping down from their roles as Directors on the ADF Board at the end of 2014, together Chris Griffin and Peter Evans have served over 70 remarkable years as dairy leaders.
ADF Chair, Noel Campbell said their presence will be missed.
“Their tireless efforts and unrelenting dedication to improving and promoting our great industry over many years has not gone unnoticed,” Mr Campbell said.
With more than 35 years experience in dairying on his farm at Westbury, Gippsland, Mr Griffin has led dairy through tough times of drought and the milk price wars. He has also opened our eyes to the possibilities of the future, in new markets, new technology and innovative on-farm practices.
Chris Griffin on his Gippsland dairy farm, Victoria
Mr Griffin, who has served as a member of the ADF Board since 2005, is the immediate past President of ADF, and former Chair of the ADIC, said the industry was full of people who care.
“People join these organisations because they are vehicles for getting things done… This is an industry in great hands and I’ll be watching with keen interest,” Mr Griffin said.
West Australian dairy farmer, Mr Evans has been active in farmers associations since 1978 and has held many notable industry positions, including having served on the ADF Board since 2007 and in the role of ADF Vice President from 2011 to 2012.
Peter Evans receiving the 2014 WA Milk Bottle Award
Most recently winner of the prestigious WA Milk Bottle Award for outstanding service to the dairy industry earlier this year, Mr Evans said he never considered himself to be a “political animal”.
“I never considered myself to be a political animal but because of poor politics in WA (at the time of industry deregulation), I found advocacy a great tool for getting things done.
“Now into my seventh year on the ADF Board, we are far from perfect but our policies are having better traction with Government than ever before,” Mr Evans said.
ADF wishes the retired Directors all the best as they look to spend more time with their families, travelling and on-farm.