As it has always done QDO is looking to the future and renewal in the industry and renewal on the board is a key part of that.
This is particularly so with QDO incorporating with Dairy Connect to form eastAUSmilk.
Therefore, it is with pleasure I welcome the new director for the Darling Downs district Waylon Barron to the board.
Waylon has been the replacement representative on the current QDO board following the retirement of Brendon Hayden and will be a director on interim board of eastAUSmilk going forward.
Waylon with his wife Tash farm at Cambooya and run a herd of Holsteins with some Jerseys.
He has been dairy farming since leaving school and has been active in showing cows and is a member of the Toowoomba Show Society Board.
It would have been this interest both in cattle breeding and industry development that would have led Waylon to be a judge in the International Dairy Week Youth Section last year.
I have always thought if our industry is to prosper we all need to be involved in developing our industry our farms and ourselves.
It is great to see Waylon doing just that.
Waylon is in business with his brother and together they run a hay contracting business as part of their operation.
The recent couple of decades have been tough to dairy farm in southern Queensland but there is much more hope currently that better times are ahead for dairy farming in the region.
It is therefore great to have a young man coming on to the board who has seen some of those tough times but is looking forward to being part of building the better times ahead of us and the industry.
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