Former Dairy Australia director John McKillop has been appointed as an independent director to the board of the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative (DFMC) – one of the largest remaining true co-operatives that represents dairy farmers in Australia.
Mr McKillop’s skills will complement the experiences of the DFMC board who aim to ensure DFMC farmers continue to get paid fair prices for their milk.
“John brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience from a range of different industries,” said DFMC Chair Andrew Burnett. “With an ever-changing dairy landscape, experience from outside our own industry is vitally important.
“John is well qualified to chair our Audit and Finance committee, has sound knowledge in human resources and will be extremely valuable in continuing to strengthen our relationship with our processing partner Lion Dairy & Drinks.”
With more than 350 members from more than 250 farms in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, DFMC provides security in milk contracts to its members.
Together, DFMC supplies over 270 million litres of milk every year to Lion Dairy & Drinks in a long-term partnership which provides a quality product to Lion and security to dairy farmers.
“Whilst it is undoubtedly a challenging time for the dairy industry, there will be opportunities for groups such as DFMC to carve out new and exciting supply agreements as access to milk becomes more difficult to secure,” said Mr McKillop.
“I am delighted to have been selected for the board of DFMC and look forward to working with the executive team and the rest of the board in the years ahead.”
Mr McKillop has years of experience in large and complex negotiations across agribusiness including working for Hassad Food, Clyde Agriculture and Stanbroke. He was an independent director of Dairy Australia from 2012 to 2018 during which time he chaired their Human Resources Committee, and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the inaugural Dairy Farm Investment Forum.
DFMC’s current independent director John Bywater, elected to the Board in 2011, has decided to stand down and will leave at the end of June 2019. This allows for a five-month handover which will be invaluable given the vast experience John Bywater has brought to the co-operative.
“We’re looking forward to working with John and getting results for our farmers,” said Mr Burnett.
DFMC Chair Andrew Burnett and Independent Director John McKillop are available for interview.