Victoria, DFMC’s Region 5, has a new director, Bernice Lumsden, replacing Cam Hodge who resigned in June this year.

Bernice is a third generation dairy farmer in the Leitchville area in Northern Victoria and milks 750 cows with her husband Scott producing 5.7 million litres of milk on 1500 acres of mainly Lucerne and rye grass supplementary feeding with a partial mix ration of home grown maize and vetch silages. Bernice has a Bachelor of Business and Masters of Business Administration and worked for eight years in the tertiary education field.  She is currently a member of the Torrumbarry Water Services Committee for Goulburn Murray water.

DFMC chairman Andrew Burnett welcomed Bernice to her first face-to-face board meeting recently in Sydney and congratulated her, saying “your input you will certainly add value to the board especially around audit and finance”.

“It is important that the board has balance, with people from different backgrounds and experiences,” he added.

Bernice encourages suppliers to contact her directly on 0418 578 908 or via email

We also recently called for nominations for our Ward Representative Advisory Council (WRAC) and I’d like to thank and congratulate those who have made the commitment to assist in this important co-operative group. I’d also like to thank those who have recently served on the WRAC and have made way for the next generation.

David Vonhoff and Mark Wheildon in South East Queensland (SEQ), Greg Ault in Victoria and Tom Hamilton in Far North Queensland (FNQ) have all made valuable contributions in recent years – well done and thank you.

Our new councillors are: Dennis English in FNQ, Bianca Wheildon in SEQ, and Chris Kelly and John Pethybridge in Victoria. Together with returning WRAC members they will join the board and management for a full day workshop prior to the AGM in Melbourne.