Dairy NSW Board of Directors

DairyNSW is a company limited by guarantee run by a skills-based Board of Directors. The Board is made up of:

  • Four directors who are dairy farmers with diverse farming system backgrounds and from diverse geographic DairyNSW regions
  • Two directors with specialist skills and experience in business, governance and industry

All Board members have a substantial dairy farmer contact base.

The Board meets bi-monthly to chart the direction and policies of DairyNSW. The Board acts in accordance with the DairyNSW constitution and the law in aiming to create and build substantial value for the dairy industry through the setting of effective strategies and financial objectives for the organisation.

The Board's charter is implemented and managed by the Regional Manager who acts as Company Secretary to the Board.

Review the Board's Annual Activity Report and Annual Operating Plan below.

Find out about current DairyNSW programs on offer and register for upcoming sessions.


  • DairyNSW Annual activity report 201718

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 5.31 MB
  • DairyNSW AOP 201617

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 193.13 KB
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Jane Sherborne

Jane is a dairy farmer and advocate for the New South Wales dairy industry. Specifically, Jane promotes the development and delivery of research, development and extension that is region-specific and meets the needs of NSW dairy farmers.

Jane serves as an active member on several state and federal industry committees, utilising these experiences to build successful cross-sector partnerships

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    James Neal
    Deputy Chair

    James Neal is a fifth generation dairy farmer. For the past 10 years he has been milking 700 cows on the family dairy farm on Oxley Island, near Taree on the mid-north Coast. He has extensive agricultural research, development and extension skills having worked for the NSW Department of Primary Industries. He has also completed a PhD at the University of Sydney investigating forage water-use efficiency. Given the persistently dry conditions over the last few years, this knowledge has proved invaluable for growing and utilising pasture as efficiently as possible, which has been critical in remaining profitable at a time when cost increases are generally much greater than milk price increases. 

    To improve uptake of research locally, James has been involved in on-farm research demonstrations to improve pasture production in autumn when forage is most limiting and alternative feeds are expensive.

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      Delia Dray

      Delia is a former senior executive of the NSW Government and current Director of the Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum Trust.

      Delia contributes significant skills and experience in corporate governance, organisational performance and strategic planning to the DairyNSW Board. Delia also has specific expertise in research and development management and family farming enterprises.

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        Tony Burnett
        Skills-based Representative

        Tony joined the DairyNSW Board in October 2018 and currently sits on the Strategic Direction committee. His unique skill set covers farm management, business ownership and processing experience within the industry. Innovative extension services to help drive on farm profitability is one area of interest for Tony, who is currently the Northern Regional Manager for Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative. Tony is also passionate about working collaboratively with all industry stakeholders throughout the dairy supply chain to ensure a long-term viability for all participants.

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          Andrew Smith
          Farmer Representative

          Andrew is currently the Dairy Manager of Moxey Farms, Gooloogong, and is a registered veterinarian, graduating with first class honours from Charles Sturt University in 2018. Andrew has a passion for the profitability, sustainability and growth of dairy businesses, growing up in a family dairy business and dedicating his tertiary education to building a strong grounding in dairy production. This included time spent studying in both New Zealand and the United States.

          Andrew brings with him innovative ideas, endless enthusiasm and a genuine passion for the prosperity of the dairy industry. His vision for DairyNSW is to provide quality extension to farmers, support valuable and targeted research and drive a culture of continuous improvement amongst the NSW farmer group.

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            Michael Rood
            Farmer Representative

            Michael is a born and bred Bega Valley dairy farmer. He has travelled the world following his passion for cattle and genetics, learning and working in Canada where he made lifelong contacts.

            Michael was herd manager at Moxey Farms before he and wife Ashleigh began their own farming journey in 2012 when they started dairying on a lease farm in the Bega Valley. They pride themselves on their Whitegold Holsteins and Jerseys cattle stud and have a strong emphasis on animal welfare and milk quality.

            Michael has undertaken a wide array of training, including a Diploma of Agribusiness Management, Emerging Dairy Leaders Program, the Rabobank Farm Managers Program, the Farm Owners Academy Top Producers Program and Good Business Governance in Bega.

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