The new president of the Australian Dairy farmers says that while trade deals are important, farmers need to be making money to be able take advantage of them.

Simone Jolliffe from Wagga Wagga, who is a dairy farmer herself, has been elected president of peak lobby group Australian Dairy Farmers, replacing Noel Campbell.

She said long-term profits was one of her key focuses.

“It’s definitely about a future focused industry. One where businesses are given the best potential to maximise their profits, for long term sustainability.”

She said short-term priorities included animal health and welfare issues and the Murray Darling Basin plan.

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