Victorian dairy farmer and advocate, Shirley Harlock has been recognised for her contribution to the Australian dairy industry, as the 2015 recipient of
the Australian Dairy Industry Council’s (ADIC) Outstanding Service Award (OSA).
The OSA celebrates the lives and careers of industry participants whose contribution has significantly shaped the dairy community and beyond for the benefit
of the whole value chain. The award was presented to Mrs Harlock at the ADIC’s annual Leaders Breakfast on 27 November 2015.
Outgoing ADIC Chair, Noel Campbell said Mrs Harlock continues to be a key player in shaping the policy landscape for Australian dairy.
“Shirley has a strong belief in advancing industry change through science and innovation. This has seen her advocate for the continued investment in research
and development to industry, government and the broader community,” Mr Campbell said.
“For over four decades, she has been extensively involved with industry representation, helping to find practical, effective solutions to its challenges.”
Mrs Harlock has held local and executive positions with United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, and was a Director of Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF). She also
served as Chair of Dairy Food Safety Victoria for ten years. In 2005, Mrs Harlock was appointed Chair of the Dairy Australia Future Dairy project,
charged with research, development and adoption of robotic technology for Australian dairy farms.
In partnership with her husband John, Mrs Harlock continues to actively operate dairy farms in Warrnambool and support farms in South Australia.
Addressing a room filled with dairy leaders from across the whole value chain, Mrs Harlock took the opportunity to remind guests to ensure to be involved
in finding shared solutions to the industry’s challenges.
“I live by the philosophy that, if you’re not involved, you’re part of the problem,” Mrs Harlock said. “I’m extremely proud to be a dairyfarmer. No industry
could offer such reward, opportunity, support and encouragement – you just have to be prepared to avail yourself of it and be involved.”
ADIC Deputy Chair, Robert Poole and Outgoing ADIC Chair, Noel Campebll with 2015 OSA Winner, Shirley Harlock and her husband John.