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MURRAY Goulburn has announced the ap -
pointment of John Spark as chairman with
effect from April 1, a day after the the retire-
ment of Philip Tracy from the chairmanship
Mr Spark has extensive board experience
across a range of large and complex busi-
nesses, including the agricultural industry.
Mr Spark was previously a director of Rid-
ley Corporation from 2008 until 2015 and
served as chairman from 2010.
Since 2007 he has been a non- executive di-
rector and chair of the Audit and Risk Com-
mittee at Newcrest Mining Limited.
He also previously served on the boards of
ANL, Baxter Group and MacArthur Coal.
From 1989 to 2004, John was a partner,
then managing partner, at Ferrier Hodgson.
During this time he oversaw the successful
restructuring and return to profitability of
many large Australian companies.
Mr Spark was also formerly a partner at
Arthur Andersen and, prior to that at Orr,
Martin & Waters and spent the early part of
his career at Clyde Industries.
John has a passion for agriculture extend-
ing beyond his professional life.
Until recently he had an Angus cattle farm
at Kerrisdale near Yea in and was also an
investor in Victoria’s fourth largest aspara-
gus producer as well as in a large Kiwi fruit
Mr Spark said it was an enormous privi-
lege to be appointed chairman by the board
“It is a true honour to have an opportu-
nity to apply my passion and expertise to the
chairmanship of Murray Goulburn, a proud-
ly farmer-controlled cooperative that has
grown to become Australia’s largest dairy
producer and one of the country’s largest ag-
ricultural exporters,” Mr Spark said.
“As chairman, I look forward to playing a
central role at Murray Goulburn and work-
ing closely with my fellow directors and CEO
Ari Mervis to build a stronger company for
the future, ” he said.
Mr Tracy has been a member of MG's
Board since 2009 and has served as chair-
man since 2011.
He said the time is right to complete MG’s
“It has been an honour to be chairman of
MG and contribute to the cooperative which
has invested in world-class infrastructure
and developed branded retail opportuni-
ties, ” Mr Tracy said.
“I would also like to thank each supplier
for their ongoing support of the cooperative.
“I wish them all, MG and the Australian
dairy industry every success. ”
The board thanked Philip for his signifi-
cant effort and contribution and wished him
all the very best for the future.
John Spark is new MG chair
GIPPSLAND Farmer Relief (GFR) is a team
of South Gippsland volunteers that formed
in 2016 to provide practical and relevant
support for farmers in need.
Their focus is dairy farmer families who may
still be in distress because of the 2016 drastic
and unexpected drop in farm gate milk prices
and the ensuing financial mayhem.
GFR was honoured recently, to be selected
by Soroptimists International Gippsland to
gift three secondary school scholarships for
the 2017 year valued at $500 each.
The scholarships were awarded to eligible
young ladies from Gippsland dairy farmer
families registered with GFR Inc.
Soroptimists International is a worldwide
volunteer service organisation for business
and professional women who work to im-
prove the lives of women and girls in local
communities and throughout the world.
GFR in its community work was deemed a
good “fit” with the aims of Soroptimists In-
ternational and it gave GFR president and
founder Melissa Ferguson, pride and plea-
sure to be instrumental in advancing the
three students in their secondary studies.
THE Primary Industries Health and Safety
Partnership (PIHSP) is urging creative stu-
dents from across the country to get their en-
tries in to its inaugural Farm Safety Student
Video Competition for the chance to pick up
$1000 in prize money.
The competition is open to high school and
university or agriculture college students,
and closes on Tuesday, April 18.
It has been established to help reduce in-
jury and death in the agricultural industry by
challenging students to create and submit a
video about an element of farm safety that
will better foster peer–to -peer learning.
PIHSP chairman Patrick Murphy said the
competition has had a high level of interest
“Promotion of the competition has served
as a promising tool in opening up the con-
versation around how farm safety is viewed
by the younger generation, ” Mr Murphy said.
“From a student’s perspective it’s also quite
a lucrative competition in that the winner
from each category – high school and tertiary
will receive $1000 in prize money, and the
runner-up in each category will receive $500
The goal of PIHSP is to improve the health
and safety of workers and their families in
farming industries across Australia.
It is funded by the Cotton, Grains and Ru-
ral Industries Research and Development
Corporations, as well as the Australian Meat
Processor Corporation and Meat & Livestock
The inaugural competition aims to raise
awareness about farm safety in agriculture’s
next generation, using the words and vision
of 13 to 21 year olds to encourage better safe-
ty behaviour among their peers, families and
Australia’s broader farming sector.
“We hope to see a large variety of topics fea-
tured in the entrants’ videos, from quad bike
safety to safely yarding cattle to changing a
tyre on a tractor, and everything in between,”
Mr Murphy said.
All videos will be judged on the following
• Impact of message about farm safety
• Public benefit
• The entrants’ reasons for wanting to pro -
mote farm safety in Australia.
The videos will be uploaded to the Rural
Industries Research and Development Cor-
poration YouTube site, as well as other social
Entries close Tuesday, April 18 and win-
ners will be announced Friday, April 28.
For terms and conditions and application
forms, visit www.rirdc.gov.au/pihsp
Win $1000 for a farm safety video
CONSIDER the time and money you have
spent keeping your flock healthy, in protecting
your investment and the steps you might take
to prevent the introduction of disease.
Agriculture Victoria Senior Veterinary Of-
ficer Robert Suter said genuine closed flocks
are uncommon as most producers have pur-
chased or agisted livestock, including rams, at
“With the current surplus of feed and good
livestock prices, producers are keen to buy in
sheep and cattle, but care needs to be taken
not to introduce disease, ” Dr Suter said.
“Diseases are commonly introduced into
flocks by bringing in sheep, and once intro -
duced, can have a major impact on the value of
the flock, plus consume time, effort and mon-
ey in control or eradication programs.
“Farm biosecurity means keeping disease
out and preventing the spread of disease from
your flock to another flock.
“If your flock is infected with an infectious
disease or if you suspect the flock is infected,
you have a duty of care to ensure that other
flocks are not placed at risk of infection.
“The risk of introduction of a disease can be
minimised by obtaining a good history of the
livestock from the vendor prior to purchase.
“At a minimum a buyer should ask if the
flock was bred by the vendor and request a
declaration relating to the disease status of the
properties on which the livestock have been
“The National Vendor Declaration should be
examined for any potential warning signals,
and you can request a Sheep Health State-
ment,” he said.
A quarantine period in a designated area can
be a practical way of restricting the possible
introduction of diseases and weeds and the
opportunity to examine for disease and exter-
Dr Suter said having good fences is the front
line in farm biosecurity, and the maintenance
of boundary fences is essential to prevent the
introduction of stray livestock from neigh-
“Prevention is cheaper and easier than cure.
Stop disease at the farm gate and think of bios-
ecurity every time you plan to move livestock.”
For further information please contact your
local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria Vet-
erinary or Animal Health Officer.
Think biosecurity, and practice good hygiene
John Spark, Chairman of Murray Goul-
burn staring April 1.
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