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.
Central Region Mount Compass SA 5210 Email
| 0417 814 683
Ben McHugh - Board Member
I am a 3rd generation dairy farmer at Mt Compass, I work with my wife Katie in a family partnership with my Brother David & sister- in -law Jane and our parents Kym and Heather. I have 3 boys Tom, Henry & Sam. I have been involved in the dairy industry for 16 years.
We milk 300 Jersey Cows in an all year round calving herd. We also run a cropping enterprise at Finniss which we grow Hay, Wheat, barley, Lupins, Beans & Canola for our dairy & other markets.
I completed a Diploma of Agriculture with TAFE in 2010. I was on the SADA board for 2 years in 2014 & 15 before the board restructure. I have been on the board for 1 year & sitting on the Dairy SA board as the SADA rep.