Long-time Livestock SA CEO Moves On
Long-time Livestock SA CEO Andrew Curtis has left the organisation to take up a position as the full-time CEO of the SA Dairyfarmers' Association (SADA).
Mr Curtis has been the CEO for both Livestock SA and SADA for five-and-a-half years and finished up with Livestock SA on 3 December.
Mr Curtis said he had very much enjoyed managing both organisations and felt they had both grown and achieved much during his tenure.
"My agricultural roots are in dairy so I'm excited about being able to give SADA my full focus," Mr Curtis said.
"I believe this is the best decision for both organisations and I wish Livestock SA all the best as it moves forward."
Livestock SA President Joe Keynes said he was supportive of Mr Curtis's decision and wished him well.
"Andrew has served Livestock SA diligently, but his decision has been made with the best interests of both organisations at heart," he said.
"Andrew has helped to grow Livestock SA into the organisation it is today and we'll forever be grateful for his work.
"This certainly won't be the last we see of Andrew as he'll be working with our sister organisation to achieve the best possible outcomes for South Australian dairy producers."
Mr Keynes said Livestock SA was already on the hunt for a new full-time CEO.
"Livestock SA is an incredibly exciting organisation to be a part of and we are very excited about bringing in a new leader to take us forward."
SA Sheep and Beef Industry Blueprint Manager Libby Tedstone has been appointed to the position of Acting CEO for Livestock SA until a new full-time CEO is employed.
Libby was appointed in July 2021 and was raised on a beef and dairy farm and has worked on sheep, beef, dairy and cropping farms in Australia, Canada, the UK and New Zealand.
She has a BSc. (Hons) in Agriculture and is currently studying Animal Science and brings extensive strategic, operational and change management expertise gleaned from performing senior executive roles (including CEO roles) across the retail, wine and health sectors in Australia and the UK.