Victorian dairy farmer Jeff Odgers has been appointed Chair of Dairy Australia, replacing outgoing Chair Geoff Akers, who stepped down at today’s Annual General Meeting.
Mr Akers, who is retiring from the Board having reached the maximum tenure under the Constitution, leaves behind a legacy of innovation for the industry, with cutting edge research and development programs, as well as significant international partnerships a hallmark of his time in the position.
“I am very proud to have been a part of Dairy Australia’s development and, as a dairy farmer, I look forward to the continued advancement of this incredible industry,” he said.
Mr Odgers paid tribute to Mr Akers and said he was looking forward to working with Dairy Australia's Board, staff and the broader industry.
“I’d like to personally thank Geoff for his significant contribution during his time as Dairy Australia Chair,” he said.
Mr Odgers owns a dairy farming business near Shepparton, Victoria, milking 700 cows, and has broad experience in managing large scale farm enterprises in northern Victoria and Tasmania.
His formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Management) and an Associate Diploma in Farm Management. He served as a Director of the Murray Dairy Inc. Regional Development Program (2006 – 12) and led the organisation as Chair (2008 – 12).
“I strongly believe that Dairy Australia has a pivotal role as our peak research organisation in partnering with government and community to deliver multiple benefits to farmers and the national economy,” Mr Odgers said.
Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services.