New appointments at NFU
Leicester farmer Charles Sercombe has been unanimously re-elected for a second term as chairman of National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) national livestock board.
Sercombe, whose farm near Melton Mowbray has 2,000 sheep over 200 acres, has been chairman of the board since 2012.
Andy Foot from Dorset has replaced Bill Mellor as vice-chairman. Foot was also re-elected as chairman of the NFU beef group.
“I am delighted to get this overwhelming vote of confidence from the board and look forward to building on the work of the past two years,” said Sercombe. “The board has a number of new faces and this, together with the more experienced members, means we continue to have a strong mix, looking at some of the big issues and challenges that face the livestock industry going forward.
“Beating bovine TB will remain a priority for this board, along with continuing to work to put some sense into our current system of livestock movements and TSE controls for sheep. Despite strong demand on global markets, efforts by major retailers to cut their prices will also impact on our beef and sheep farmers, and we will work tirelessly to stress the benefits of long-term investment in British supply chains to secure the future of our industry.”
The NFU poultry board has also re-elected its chairman, Duncan Priestner, based in South Manchester. Priestner will continue to address issues such as campylobacter and beak trimming technology. He said: “We are rightly proud to be part of an industry that produces some of Britain’s most popular food. There are exciting times ahead for the sector, but clearly we face a number of challenges, such as tackling campylobacter, explaining the importance of beak tipping technology and ensuring our producers are able to invest in their businesses via a planning system that is fit for purpose. We’ve already made great strides in tackling these issues, but there is still much more to do.”
He will be joined by Tom Wornham, from Hertfordshire, as vice-chairman.
Other new appointments at the NFU national livestock board included: James Small, Tanya Robbins and Huw Davies, while David Raine was appointed for a second term. Richard Findlay, a farmer on the North York Moors, was elected chairman of the NFU sheep group.
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