Current National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA) Operations Manager, Sara Merckel, has been appointed as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer.
Over the last 12 years Sara has worked for NHIA in a number of roles, working her way up from office manager to operations manager from 2019 to date, and now CEO. NHIA Chair, Graeme Gillan, says that Sara’s appointment as CEO marks an exciting new chapter for the Association.
“I can think of no one better to lead the National Herd Improvement Association into the future. Over the last three years Sara has played a pivotal role ensuring that Australia’s National Herd Improvement Association has developed and evolved to better meet the needs of members.
“She has worked highly effectively with the Board and members to reinvigorate the Association, improving member industry representation and making significant headway in key strategic areas, including training and education, industry funding and representation to Government,” says Mr Gillan.
Commenting on her appointment, Sara Merkel says: “My major focus for the Association over the next year is for it to take a lead role in training, including introducing the redeveloped AI accreditation program. Another key area is ensuring that a herd improvement
industry career development pathway is put in place and that the opportunity to build a successful career in the AI industry is successfully communicated to younger dairy and beef industry audiences.
“I’m also looking forward to expanding the Australian Herd Improvement Industry Projects Funding Program, which has already seen a number of key projects implemented that directly benefit Australian dairy and beef farmers,” says Sara.
NHIA is the industry organisation that promotes herd improvement within the Australian dairy and beef industry. It provides a range of services to its membership, and through that membership, to benefit Australian dairy and beef farmers. The member base includes
organisations involved directly in the provision of herd improvement services, a range of activities that lead to productivity gains for farmers.
Sara will take up her new role with immediate effect and will report to the NHIA Board of Directors.
Provided by Holstein Australia