New chairmen for NFUS pigs and poultry working groups

Two Aberdeenshire farmers will head up NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) pig and poultry working groups after the chairmen of both recently stepped down.

Robert Hay has taken over from Robert Chapman as the chairman of the NFUS poultry working group, with Kevin Gilbert succeeding Philip Sleigh in the pig working group.   

Hay is a third generation farmer from Luncarty Farm, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, and has 70,000 broiler chickens and 76,000 laying hens.

He said: “During my time as chairman, I want to have and retain a profitable poultry industry and create better prospects for the poultry meat sector. I would like to get a better price for eggs.

“We will also be working to get poultry meat labelled as ‘Scottish’ on the supermarket shelves rather than ‘British’ as it currently is. We need to get the supermarkets on board further to achieve this.”

Gilbert has 450 sows and 230 beef suckler cows at Womblehill, Kintore, Aberdeenshire. He said: “The sector is reliant on the new factory at Brechin going ahead. We are looking forward to work starting there and that in particular will be key to the sustainability of the North East pig sector.

“Scotland’s pig sector has proved to be very resilient and I will be striving to keep up the good work done by previous chairman Philip Sleigh. Thanks go to Philip for all his work during his time as chairman.”

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