Dairy Aus­tralia se­lects two board nom­i­nees

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

DAIRY Aus­tralia has an­nounced two nom­i­nees who will stand for board elec­tion as non-ex­ec­u­tive direc­tors at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, to be held this Novem­ber.

Both po­si­tions called for direc­tors with milk pro­ducer skills.

Graeme Ni­coll, who was ap­pointed to the Dairy Aus­tralia board ear­lier this year to fill a ca­sual va­cancy, has been nom­i­nated as a director - as has Hey­wood based farmer, Ta­nia Luckin.

Graeme has worked in the dairy in­dus­try for 20 years.

In part­ner­ship with his wife Gil­lian, he has man­aged a suc­cess­ful dairy busi­ness in Gipp­s­land for the past 15 years, and cur­rently milks ap­prox­i­mately 300 cows.

Graeme served on the board of the Gipp­sDairy Re­gional Devel­op­ment Pro­gram for five years and was chair of that board for two years.

He has also pro­vided in­puts to var­i­ous sci­en­tific ini­tia­tives for the dairy in­dus­try, and has served as a mem­ber of the DPI’s “Dairy Di­rec­tions Project” steer­ing com­mit­tee and the Dairy Co-op­er­a­tive Re­search Cen­tre’s “Pas­ture Ge­nomics Project” steer­ing com­mit­tee.

Graeme was awarded a Nuffield Schol­ar­ship in 2010 which en­abled him to fur­ther his knowl­edge of dairy farm­ing sys­tems and en­hance his net­work of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional agri­cul­tural con­tacts, which as­sists him in keep­ing abreast of the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the dairy in­dus­try.

He has for­mal sci­ence qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ear­lier in his ca­reer, he worked as a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and in the soil sci­ence divi­sion of CSIRO.

Ta­nia Luckin has been nom­i­nated for the other va­cant po­si­tion.

Ta­nia has been farm­ing for 20 years in Aus­tralia, and to­gether with her hus­band Stephen and their farm team, op­er­ates a 500 cow dairy farm in South West Vic­to­ria.

Ta­nia has owned and op­er­ated a num­ber of dairy farms of vary­ing sizes and farm­ing sys­tems in both South West Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia.

She has been ac­tively in­volved in in­dus­try projects and gover­nance, and served on the Bon­lac Sup­ply Com­pany board from 2014 – 2016.

Ta­nia is cur­rently a mem­ber of the board of the WestVic Dairy Re­gional Devel­op­ment Pro­gram and a mem­ber of the Dairy In­dus­try Ad­vo­cacy Re­view Team.

She has for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions in agri­cul­ture and busi­ness man­age­ment, and has won sev­eral awards for busi­ness man­age­ment for her dairy farm and a re­tail busi­ness she op­er­ated for five years.

Dairy Aus­tralia in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions for the va­can­cies ear­lier this year.

All can­di­dates will re­quire more than 50 per cent of the votes cast at the Dairy Aus­tralia 2017 an­nual gen­eral meet­ing to be elected.

EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Dairy Aus­tralia has elected two nom­i­nees to stand for board po­si­tions at the Novem­ber AGM. South­ern Vic­to­rian farmer, Ta­nia Luckin – pic­tured here with her hus­band Stephen, is one of the two. Gipp­s­land based farmer Graeme Ni­coll is the sec­ond nom­i­nee.

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