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GippsDairy Board



GippsDairy is governed by a board of ten directors. The Board is made up of six dairy farmers, three specialist directors with skills required by the Board, and the Executive Officer. Board members are appointed for three year terms and can serve a maximum of three terms.

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Lauren Finger
Chair

Lauren has been a farmer director on the GippsDairy board for the past seven years and has recently been elected as the new chair.

She has been dairy farming in Gippsland for the past fifteen years and her business was awarded the 2016 Weekly Times Dairy Farmer of the Year. 

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    Jessica Knight
    Farmer Director
    Jessica is a dairy farm owner with a passion for the agriculture industry, especially its promotion and accessibility to young farmers and women.

    She is a participant in The Observership Program and a recipient of a Young Farmer Upskill and Invest Scholarship.
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      Sarah O'Brien
      Farmer Director
      Sarah has been farming in the MID for fifteen years. She has been a director on the GippsDairy board for the past three years and has previously managed the Macalister Demonstration Farm before starting share farming.

      Her farm has received both Dairy Australia Milk Quality awards and Premium Milk Quality awards.
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        Peter Fort
        Specialist Director
        Peter grew up on a dairy farm in South Gippsland and has nearly 20 years experience in dairy processing & manufacturing.

        He has worked for Bonlac Foods & Murray Goulburn, owned his own dairy farm and is currently employed with Burra Foods in Korumburra.
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          Richard Shephard

          Maffra's Richard Shephard has combined a veterinary career with his involvement in research and extension programs as well as farm consulting.

          Dr Shephard, who has worked as a clinical vet, farm management consultant and, most recently, an industry level consultant, has skills and abilities that can help broaden the boardroom discussion when looking at issues and problems.

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            Shiona Berry
            Farmer Director

            Shiona is a fourth-generation dairy farmer from South Gippsland and her family has owned their farm for one hundred years. She has previously worked as a nutrition consultant and has been a director on the GippsDairy board since 2017.

            She has been a mentor through the Cows Create Careers project.

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              Martin Fuller
              Specialist Director
              Martin is a born and bred Gippslander. He grew up on a dairy farm at Dumbalk and has worked in the agricultural and natural resource management sectors for over 25 years.

              He is the CEO of West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.
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                Ken Lawrence
                Farmer Director
                Ken is a first-generation dairy farmer and has been farming in Gippsland for over thirty years. He is an active member of the VFF/UDV and is passionate about encouraging and supporting the next generation of dairy farmers.

                He has twice been a finalist for ‘sharefarmer of the year’.
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                  Michelle Axford
                  Farmer Director

                  Michelle has been a farmer director at GippsDairy since 2017. She has a keen interest in genetics, and currently works for DataGene.

                  She’s been farming in Gippsland for over fourteen years.

                    
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