UNITED DAIRYFARMERS OF VICTORIA
The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) is the collective voice of Victorian dairy farmers, representing its members to governments and industry at state and local levels.
As a commodity group of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), the UDV also provides representation on a broad range of agricultural issues affecting all farmers, not just those specific to dairy.
The UDV is also the largest member of Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd (ADF), thereby representing Victorian dairy farmers at a national level.
Dairy is Victoria’s largest agricultural industry, and the powerhouse of Australia’s $13 billion dairy farm, manufacturing and export industry.
Our state’s 4,284 dairy farms produce more than six billion litres of milk a year and provide work for 16,000 Victorians on farms and another 11,000 in milk processing factories. Victoria is export-oriented, accounting for 86% of Australia’s dairy exports. $2.3 billion a year worth of Victorian dairy products passes through the Port of Melbourne, where dairy is the largest container exporter.
MEET THE UDV PRESIDENT
Adam Jenkins, South Purrumbete
Adam Jenkins is a first generation dairy farmer from South Purrumbete, Victoria. He, his wife and four children moved into dairy farming 10 years ago. Adam is a Policy Councillor for the ADF National council and is a representative on the Markets and Trade PAG. Adam was the Region 9 United Dairyfarmers of Victoria Policy Councillor from 2011 to 2015. He is also a representative on the South West Regional Extension committee.
In 2011 Adam was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship which allowed him to travel the globe studying the dairy industry markets and milk processing. More recently he was a dairy industry representative 2014 on the Victorian Trade Mission to China with the Gardiner Foundation.
Adam has a bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Education. He has completed the AICD course and served as a director on the Bonlac Supply Company (BSC) board from 2007-2013. Adam completed Dairy Australia’s ‘Advance in Dairy Leadership’ Program in conjunction with the BSC Leadership Development Program in 2007. He has been involved in the rural industry for 20 years with roles in rural finance, extension and education.
Adam is passionate about representing the farmers of the dairy industry and ensuring the ongoing success and sustainability of the dairy industry.
UDV VICE PRESIDENT
John Versteden, Longwarry
MEET THE POLICY COUNCIL
President: Adam Jenkins
Vice President: John Versteden
Region 1 John Keely, Cohuna
Region 2 Gemma Monk, St Germains
Region 3 Daryl Hoey, Katunga
Region 4 Gordon Nicholas, Biggara
Region 5 Paul Mumford, Won Wron
Region 6 Damian Murphy, Dumbalk North
Region 7 Matt Gleeson, Boolarra
Region 8 Janelle Fisher, Irrewillipe
Region 9 Lauren Peterson, Boorcan
Region 10 Oonagh Kilpatrick, Koroit
UDV Manager: -
UDV Project and Policy Officer: Ashlee Hammond
UDV Project and Policy Officer: Chris Paynter
UDV Regional Membership Co-ordinator, Gippsland: -
UDV Regional Membership Co-ordinator, North: Peter Costello
UDV Regional Membership Co-ordinator, South West: Alison Lee
Australian Dairy Farmers Limited (ADF) is the national body representing Australian dairy farmers.
The UDV is the major ADF member, and through ADF, the Australian Dairy Industry Council – a unique, whole of industry body for dairy, representing both the farming and processing sectors.
Victorian dairy farmers who are members of the UDV can now be direct members of the ADF by completing an ADF membership application form. The current UDV levy entitles ADF membership.
ADF membership will entitle you to attend ADF Annual General Meetings and any farmer can stand for the ADF Board provided they are a member of both their state dairy body and ADF. All ADF farmer members are also able to vote on the election of Business Directors.