Moroney is the new Mur­ray Dairy chair

Shepparton News - Country News - - DAIRY -

Mur­ray Dairy has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of its new chair and deputy chairs fol­low­ing the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 18.

Karen Moroney, from the Mitta Val­ley, will take on the lead­er­ship of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, step­ping up from her role as deputy chair which she has held for the past three years.

Ms Moroney has served as a farmer rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Mur­ray Dairy board since 2013.

Re­plac­ing her in the deputy chair role are Tony Mc­Carthy, of Dhur­ringile, and An­drew Tyler, of Ton­gala, who are also serv­ing farmer rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Ms Moroney has been run­ning a dairy farm in Eskdale since 1989, af­ter a ca­reer in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment.

She in­her­ited her fa­ther’s in­ter­ests in breed­ing Aus­tralian Red dairy cat­tle and is a long-stand­ing mem­ber of the Aus­tralian Red Dairy Breed As­so­ci­a­tion.

From 1990 to 2016 she was the ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the In­ter­na­tional Red Dairy Breed Fed­er­a­tion.

Ms Moroney said she joined the Mur­ray Dairy board be­cause of her pas­sion for the in­dus­try, em­pha­sis­ing she wanted to be a leader who rep­re­sented peo­ple across the dairy­ing com­mu­nity.

‘‘I be­lieve that good lead­er­ship is not about the leader, it is about en­cour­ag­ing and em­pow­er­ing oth­ers,’’ she said.

Ms Moroney ac­knowl­edged the dif­fi­culty dairy farm­ers in the Mur­ray Dairy re­gion were cur­rently fac­ing and said the board would con­tinue to re­spond to that, while also look­ing at the longer term strat­egy for the in­dus­try.

‘‘We have come through two of the most chal­leng­ing years for dairy that most of us can re­mem­ber, and this year will be equally as chal­leng­ing with high in­put costs and drought ex­pe­ri­enced by many farm­ers in the re­gion,’’ she said.

Mur­ray Dairy is due to re­view its or­gan­i­sa­tional strate­gic plan in 2019.

This will feed into the Re­gional Dairy In­dus­try Strat­egy be­ing de­vel­oped by Mur­ray Dairy, Dairy Aus­tralia, UDV and Com­mit­tee for Greater Shep­par­ton.

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