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.