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Passing of a dairy industry champion

Dairy farmer Yvonne Crawford, who died suddenly on March 18 aged 64, was an admired contributor to the sector and described as a champion of the northern Victorian dairy industry.

April 1, 2014 4:09am

Yvonne Crawford


Dairy farmer Yvonne Crawford, who died suddenly on March 18 aged 64, was an admired contributor to the sector and described as a champion of the northern Victorian dairy industry.

Together with her husband Ross, Mrs Crawford farmed at Fenton Hall, Harston.

She was a long-time member of the Murray Dairy Industry Steering Group.

Craig Lister served with her on the group for the past eight years.

‘‘Yvonne was a committed contributor to the dairy industry,’’ Mr Lister said last week.

‘‘She was dedicated to ensuring that farmers’ levy funds were used in the best way possible.’’

Former Murray Dairy chief executive Natalie Akers said Mrs Crawford’s unexpected death was ‘‘awfully tragic’’.

Her husband and Dairy Australia chairman Geoff Akers said he and Mrs Crawford had served on UDV Central Council together.

‘‘She was always passionate about the dairy industry, dairy people and her family. She was never afraid to ask the hard questions,’’ Mr Akers said.

Tim Leahy, the UDV policy councillor for Region 2, agreed.

‘‘Yvonne was the backbone of dairy farmers in the Tatura region and was able to unite farmers in tough times, particularly when advocating for drought support,’’ Mr Leahy said.

Mrs Crawford was a graduate of the 2003 Fairley Leadership program.

Her death was noted at a Tatura Milk suppliers meeting last week by chairman Barry Irvin who said she was always an active participant in supplier meetings and respected for her willingness to ask the tough questions.

Mrs Crawford is survived by Ross and sons Hamish, Fergus, Duncan and Angus and their partners and seven grandchildren.

Family members described her as their ‘‘matriarch’’ and a ‘‘lady of great style and strength’’.

They wrote: ‘‘Your generosity, passion and determination will forever empower our lives.’’

Mrs Crawford was farewelled at a service at Toolamba Uniting Church last Friday and interred at Toolamba Cemetery.

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