WON Wron farmer Paul Mumford has been elected president of the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria.
Mr Mumford was elected president and John Keely, from Cohuna in northern Victoria, vice-president during the UDV’s policy council meeting on Wednesday.
Mr Mumford takes over the role from Adam Jenkins, who resigned last month.
“I look forward to working with the UDV council, staff team and members to deliver a more unified and collaborative approach that achieves outcomes for farmers,” Mr Mumford said.
“People are first and foremost for the UDV. We must build our communication with dairy farmers to understand their concerns; provide professional policy, support and advocacy; and engage on their behalf with decision-makers and the broader agriculture sector.
“I am ready for a new challenge and I take this role very seriously.
I will be open and honest and follow due process, and at the end of the day, my core role is to fight for farmers.”
Mr Mumford will be president until the UDV annual meeting in May, when all members will vote on the position.
“In my first 100 days, I will be engaging across the industry — our members, non-members, dairy organisations and decision-makers — to listen and progress our immediate issues including water and the mandatory dairy code,” he said.
“Should I be re-elected to continue in this role in May, there are a number of longer term goals on our agenda including the milk price structure, the mandatory code completion, roads, energy, the right structure for our national body, and expanding our UDV membership structure. I am very keen for the UDV to have a much greater representation of next generation farmers.”