Australian Dairy Farmers president Terry Richardson is still a "dairy farmer" although he is no longer running a herd himself, instead choosing to lease his property out.
An Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) spokesperson said Mr Richardson owns a farm, which is currently leased to his daughter and son-in-law.
"However, it is true that both (daughter and son-in-law) now have external jobs, and Terry is in the process of signing a new lessee who is also a former employee of Terry's," the spokesperson said.
"The arrangement between Terry and his relatives has been that they are members of United Dairyfarmers Victoria and appoint Terry as their representative for agri-political activities with UDV and ADF.
"This arrangement will continue with the new lessee."
The ADF constitution says eligible members must be "...engaged in whole or in part in the Business of Dairy Farming in Australia and is a member of the recognised State Member Dairy Farming Organisation is eligible to be a Business Member of the Company."
The list of currently recognised state dairy farming organisations includes the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, NSW Farmers Association Dairy Committee, Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation Ltd, South Australian Dairyfarmers Association, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Ltd Dairy Council, and the Western Australian Farmers Federation Dairy Council.