DAIRY industry stalwart Niel Black, who was killed in a farm accident last month, was yesterday honoured by an award he learnt about four days before he died.
The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC), the dairy industry’s national policy body, presented the Outstanding Service Award to Mr Black’s widow Eve at the annual dairy industry leaders’ breakfast, held at Flemington racecourse.
“We only wish Niel was still with us today to accept this award himself,” said ADIC incoming chairman Noel Campbell.
“However, we take solace in his excitement in learning of his achievement only four days before his tragic accident.”
The Outstanding Service Award recognises and celebrates collaborative leadership provided to the Australian dairy industry. It honours individuals who have provided outstanding service for the benefit of the entire industry.
“Niel has made an enormous impact on the dairy industry. He has implemented innovation and change, improved (the dairy) process by sharing knowledge and has left a lasting legacy,” Mr Campbell said.
Mr Black farmed at Mt Noorat and was a pioneer of herd improvement in Australia, a founding partner of DemoDAIRY research centre at Terang and a long-time supporter of United Dairyfarmers of Victoria.
He was killed, aged 77, when his ute rolled on his farm on November 4.