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World award for Dairy Australia leader

By Dairy News

DAIRY AUSTRALIA’S Helen Dornom recently received an International Dairy Federation award for her outstanding contribution to the dairy industry at this years World Dairy Summit in Istanbul.

Ms Dornom’s career in the industry has spanned 40 years and during that time, she has shown outstanding leadership and service to the dairy sector both internationally and here in Australia.

She has worked across many areas including food safety, residues, animal health and welfare, farm management, food standards and sustainability and has always focused on supporting the prosperity of the dairy sector, particularly around enhancing the reputation and integrity of dairy production and dairy products.

Ms Dorman joined Dairy Australia when it was formed in 2003, having been CEO of the Australian Dairy Industry Council and Executive Director of Australian Dairy Products Federation.

She also previously worked for CSIRO.

During her career she has focused on sustainability, research and development, issues management, supply chain, regulatory standards, policy frameworks and export facilitation.

She currently works with the Global Dairy Sustainability Framework and Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and has developed guides for the IDF and Food and Agriculture Organization on good dairy farm practices and prudent use of antimicrobial agents.

Dairy Australia Managing Director Dr David Nation said they were delighted Helen’s many years of work with the International Dairy Federation had been recognised with this award.

“Through her role in helping to co-ordinate the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework, she continues to make a significant contribution to the sustainability of dairy farming in Australia,” Dr Nation said.

President of IDF Dr Judith Bryans said all of the winners were dairy champions who worked tirelessly to promote their great sector all over the world.

“Whether it’s being creative, offering high-level strategic and technical advice, or helping the IDF to communicate more effectively with the wider dairy sector, each of these winners has played a key role in ensuring the interests of the industry remain centre stage. Their commitment to the global sector is resolute and is deeply appreciated,” Dr Bryans said.

The 2019 Summit brings together around 1000 representatives of the global dairy sector, including government agencies, civil society, academia, farmers, processers and producers from around the world.

The 2020 IDF World Dairy Summit was held in Cape Town, South Africa, September 28 – October 1.