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Murray Dairy Board of Directors

The Murray Dairy Board has eight members, including five dairy farmers and three others with specialist experience in agribusiness, finance, people and farm business management.

The role of the Murray Dairy Board is to:

  • Set the direction for research, extension education and industry development in the Murray Dairy region
  • Invest levy funds to address priority issues identified by the Industry Steering Group
  • Grow and diversify the research, extension and education funding base
  • Develop and monitor the implementation of both the five year Strategic Plan and Annual Operating Plan, and
  • Ensure sound management and infrastructure to deliver Murray Dairy programs across the region.

Review the board's current Annual Report below.

For any general inquiry, please fill out the form here.


  • Murray Dairy Annual Report 201819

    PDF7.75 MB
  • Murray dairy achievements report 2018 19

    PDF1.29 MB
  • Murray Dairy Strategic Plan 201619

    PDF925.03 KB
  • Murray Dairy Annual Report 201718

    PDF3.01 MB
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Andrew Tyler

Tongala dairy farmer, Andrew Tyler, has almost 30 years of dairy farming experience to draw on, bringing a working knowledge and an extensive experience base to Murray Dairy.

Andrew has been a past director of the Australian Dairy Conference and is currently the deputy chair of the Australian Dairy Conference Board. He is also a current member of the Dairy Advocacy Reform Team and is the current chair of Rochester Bamawm Dairy Business Network group.

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    Tony McCarthy
    Deputy Chairman

    Tony is a dairy farmer from Dhurringile.

    Tony joined the Murray Dairy Board because he wanted to see the dairy industry grow and prosper into the future. Tony believes success is heavily influenced by sound research and development and the provision of relevant extension to all farmers in the region.

    Tony is keen to do his part in supporting fellow directors and farmers to ensuring there is a well thought-out strategic vision to drive the industry forward.

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      Andrew Mann

      Andrew works as Senior Rural Manager for Rabobank Shepparton.

      Andrew has spent the majority of his professional career working in agribusiness finance throughout eastern Australia, with the last 10 years spent in the Murray Dairy region and with dairy industry clients.

      Andrew also works as a sessional lecturer at La Trobe University in the Bachelor of Agribusiness course.

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        Chris Thomas

        Chris has extensive experience in the dairy industry from his youth on the family farm, to working with milk processors in supply and farm services for over 30 years. Chris was a founding Director of DairySA.

        He runs his own consulting business specialising in people development. He has extensive knowledge in corporate governance, strategic planning, social welfare/community development, and risk management.

        Chris holds a Masters of Applied Science (Rural Regional Development), Diploma of Management Practices, Masters of Corporate Leadership and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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          Mark Bailey

          Mark Bailey is the Manager of Resources at Goulburn Murray Water, with more than 20 years experience within the industry.

          Mark brings with him a broad skills base, particularly in regard to technical analysis, project management, budget administration and extensive technical and community liaison on policy and operational matters. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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            Tom Acocks

            Tom Acocks is a partner in the family farm at Rochester.

            Tom has been involved in working groups across the supply chain and in advocacy that reflect his interests. He was a member of the Australian Dairy Conference Programming Committee in 2013–14 and Chair in 2016.

            Tom holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne and has completed a number of internationally recognised courses across different aspects of business management and leadership development. He has also spent three years working in agricultural businesses in Europe and North America.

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              Dustin Kemp

              As the co-manager of a dairy farm in Lockington, Dustin has had extensive experience across all areas of dairy farming. He has completed a Certificate III in Horticulture with Wodonga TAFE, majoring in Arboriculture, and a Diploma with Dairy Australia/TAFE SA, majoring in Agribusiness Management.

              Dustin has held roles as president of the Campaspe Young Dairy Network and as a member of the Goulburn-Murray Water Irrigator Customer Representative Committee, and is currently a member of the Young Farmer Ministers Advisory Committee advising Minister for Agriculture, Jaclyn Symes.

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                Rachael Napier

                Rachael and her partner operate a dairy farm in Deniliquin in the southern Riverina. With over 20 years’ experience in various roles across in the industry, Rachael brings a wealth of knowledge in dairy farm operations, business management and staff management to the Board.

                Rachael holds leadership roles within the dairy industry and her local community including as Chair of the Riverina Regional Network Group (RNG) and Discussion Group, which she also represents in her role on the Regional Extension and Education Committee (REEC). Rachael has been involved in priority setting and development of key industry extension programs such as the farm safety manual. She is passionate about all things dairy. 

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