WAFarmers has welcomed Brunswick dairy farmer Michael Partridge to the position of WAFarmers Dairy Council President at the 2016 WAFarmers Dairy Conference.
During yesterday’s Annual General Meeting in Busselton, Phil Depiazzi stepped down from the role of President following four years at the helm.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with such a dedicated dairy council, which is committed to achieving outcomes that are in the best interests of all WA dairy farmers,” Mr Depiazzi said.
“It’s a very challenging time, but Michael will have my full support as we work through the issues facing the dairy industry.”
Ian Noakes nominated for the role of Senior Vice President, while Paul Ieraci was re-elected to the position of Vice President.
The 2016 Dairy Conference was officially opened by Nola Marino MP, who confirmed that she would continue to work with industry and government to address the challenges ahead.
“We need to turn this from the crisis that this is seen to be, to the opportunity that it can be,” Ms Marino said during the opening address.
Additional presentations on global pasture improvements, GM technology and hybrids, and engagement of your people into the dairy industry generated thoughtful discussion and gave attendees confidence in the future of the industry.
Australian Dairy Farmers Acting President David Basham delivered an update on the status of the Australian and Western Australian dairy industries, stating that while 2016 had so far presented some difficulties for dairy farmers, there were encouraging signs for the future if the industry could collaborate better and get involved.
“Even when we are under pressure, we are an industry that has the know-how and motivation to overcome these adversities and thrive in the long term,” Mr Basham said.
The final part of proceedings saw representatives from Lion, Harvey Fresh and Brownes participate in a Processors Panel, which covered numerous dairy issues including sustainable pricing and competition.
The Dairy Conference was pinnacle of three days of presentations for the state’s dairy farmers, with Dairy Industry Updates being held in Albany and Northcliffe earlier in the week.
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