South East Allendale East SA 5291 Email
| 0488 115 174
John Hunt - President
John arrived in South Australia from New Zealand eight years ago with his family - and a dream of dairy farm ownership.
Today, John and wife Karen are equity managers in a 600-cow dairy and co-own a neighbouring 240-cow dairy with John’s brother. The couple have recently purchased an adjoining 75-hectares, with plans to convert it to a 250-cow dairy.
John joined SADA in 2013 with a keen interest in helping facilitate the next generation of dairy farmers; protecting the farmer’s right to farm; securing profitability in the industry and establishing more transparency in industry-relevant government policy and planning.
Managing a team of full time and casual staff with his family has also built a desire for continual self-improvement and skills development. Since completing his Advanced Diploma in Agriculture, John has actively pursued industry best practice education and training as part of a strategic plan to allow him more time off-farm for industry advocacy involvement, as well as providing his team of both full time and casual staff with opportunities for career advancement.
John firmly believes that despite the occasional bump in the road, the future is bright for dairy farming in South Australia. He is committed to working with South Australia’s dairy industry and key stakeholders to achieve SADA’s mission of giving a voice to all dairy farmers and improving the viability and profitability of dairying now and into the future.
Central Region Mount Compass SA 5210 Email
| 0400 298 377
Nick Brokenshire - Vice President
Nick Brokenshire is a third generation dairy farmer from the Fleurieu Peninsula. After finishing high school, Nick joined the family enterprise at Mount Compass to work with his parents, Mandy and well known South Australian politician Robert Brokenshire. He took on managing the farm in 2006, and two years later was selected to participate in the national pilot of the Developing Dairy Leaders Program established by Dairy Australia and Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF).
Thought to be the youngest person to lead the South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association in its 80-year history, Nick joined the board in 2011 when he was 24 because he believed it was important that the next generation had a say in guiding the industry’s future. “It was the next logical step after doing the leadership program. This is a vibrant industry and I’m keen to make sure that it is viable, not just for me but for other young farmers, for many years to come,” he says.
Today Nick continues to run the family’s 350-cow enterprise, which produces its own fodder and feed concentrates, and incorporates the Roslyn Vale and Roslyn Amdena Jersey studs. He is a member of the Mount Compass Jersey Cattle Club and the Mount Jagged Dairy Discussion Group, and mentors secondary students participating in Dairy Australia’s innovative Cows Create Careers program. Also an active member of his local community and a keen sportsman, Nick has captained the Mount Compass A grade football team for almost 10 years.
South East Kalangadoo SA 5278 Email
| 0407 378 191
Sharon Joppich - Board Member
From the family dairy farm to leadership roles on one of South Australia’s largest dairy operations, Sharon Joppich’s experience within the dairy industry is extensive. This year, she joined the SADA Board to contribute to the industry’s push for profitability and whole-of-industry cohesiveness.
As a part of her move into advocacy, Sharon is also keen to help the industry progress in areas of processor/farm gate relations and transparency, government relations, international and domestic market access and investment as well as better recognition for the role of women in dairy. She believes by taking a whole-of-industry approach, dairy in South Australia has a promising future.
Side-by-side with husband Neville, Sharon milks 350 cows at ‘Manga Dairy’; a 600-hectare high production, grass and grain system at Tri Hi, near Penola, in South Australia’s lower South East. Calving the 80% Holstein – 20% Stud Guernsey and Ayrshire herd takes place in Spring and Autumn as well as in December, and the duo rear and grow-out their AI heifers as well as some Angus-cross and Holstein bull calves.
Since starting her career in the dairy industry on her family’s Tintinara operation, Sharon has actively developed her leadership and management skills. Before running her own farm with Neville, she was Herd Manager, and later, Operations and TIC, with Donovan’s Dairy – a 2500-cow operation at Wye near Mount Gambier. She has also completed a Diploma of Agriculture and Diploma of Human Resources (Dairy), as well as industry leadership training and Forage $kills with Dairy Australia.
Central Region Mount Torrens SA 5244 Email
| 0429 807 682
Rick Gladigau - Board Member
Richard joined the SADA board in July 2007. He is a fifth generation dairy farmer from Mt Torrens in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, where he farms with wife Tania and their 3 children.
He grew up on his parents dairy farm where he became a share farmer before buying his own property in 1993. He has had a keen interest in the industry since leaving college having been a farmer Ward Rep for Dairy Farmers and DFMC for 16 years before becoming a farmer director for 3 years as well as a farmer director for ADFC for 18 months.
He is currently Treasurer of SADA, and on Markets, Trade and Value chain PAG of ADF.
Richard now supplies a smaller local processor, and this has driven his passion for improving and growing the SA dairy industry.
Outside of dairying he keeps busy with his children's sport involvement and has been involved in the local Land management project for 20 years as well as his local church council.
Utilising new technologies to improve profit and maximise efficiencies on-farm is a key driver for Mid North dairy farmer and SADA Board member Gary Zweck.
Now serving his second term on the SADA Board, Gary believes farmers – especially those operating PMR and TMR systems– stand to benefit from keeping abreast of new research and developments, and being willing to incorporate new technology into existing dairy systems in order to have ‘all the tools in the toolbox’ to be more profitable.
He is also a firm believer in ensuring the collective dairy voice is heard at all levels of government, through open, clear communication and transparent engagement along the various pathways.
Running a 200-cow TMR dairy in the predominantly broadacre cropping region of Blyth with wife Ros and son Justin, the second-generation farmer remains positive about the future potential for dairying in his home region.
Growing interest from Asia and the Middle East in South Australian dairy products, he believes, can form the foundation for renewed growth in areas like the Barossa, Mid North, Fleurieu and Central region after a relatively dormant period. As a part of the SADA Board, Gary is keen to help farmers and processors alike build back up self-esteem and form a more positive outlook in order to capitalise on new market opportunities.
A former Golden North supplier, Gary now supplies the popular Farmer’s Own label, producing some 2 million litres annually with his registered Holstein herd. The family also crop grain for feed and sale, providing additional cashflow for the business with the view to being adaptable and resilient in a low rainfall region.
Prior to his involvement with SADA, Gary was an active Board member of the Barossa and Mid North Co-operative, including for its March for Milk campaign. He is also involved in Dairy Discussion Groups and represents SADA on both the DairySA Board and Australian Dairy Farmer’s Policy Advisory Group.