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.
Member, SA Cattle Advisory Group
Member, Animal Health & Welfare PAG
Member, SA Animal Welfare Advisory Committee