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He replaces retiring long-standing director Alvin Reid while board chairman Murray King has also been reappointed.
Mr Ross and his wife Julie milk 1800 cows on a 580ha property in the Waitaki Valley. The couple won the national Sharemilker of the Year title in 2007.
Mr Ross has been farming in North Otago since graduating from Massey University in 1998 and has held a variety of governance roles, including with irrigation entities.
He is a member of the Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum and a graduate of the Fonterra Governance Development Programme.
● Beef + Lamb New Zealand directors have re-elected Northland farmer James Parsons chairman for another year.
Gore farmer and southern South Island farmer director Andrew Morrison was elected deputy chairman.
Marton farmer Andrew Stewart was named associate director for an unpaid one-year term. Activating that position was primarily focused on improving leadership and governance skills, Mr Parsons said.