UDV president Adam Jenkins has stood down from his role, with a casual replacement due to be announced this month.
Mr Jenkins released a statement late last month saying the decision came after much deliberation.
“This decision comes with mixed emotions and was not made lightly,” he said.
“It is important that the organisation and its members come first and I feel this change will ensure the UDV has a fresh approach and energetic leadership required to tackle issues and represent members heading into 2019.
“We have such diverse dairy regions across Victoria and I am truly amazed by the skill, strength and the tenacity Victorian dairy farmers have shown through some very interesting and challenging times dealing with both seasonality and market volatility.”
Mr Jenkins said the past four years had delivered “unprecedented challenges” for the dairy industry.
Australian Dairy Farmers thanked Mr Jenkins for fighting for the interests of dairy farmers and for his achievements during his four years in the role.
The UDV under Mr Jenkins’ leadership has voiced concerns about implementing a mandatory code of conduct for the industry, stating support for a prescribed or strengthened voluntary code.
An election for president will be held in May next year, with the role of president to be filled on a casual basis until a permanent appointee is elected.