New heads at Meat South West Board

Meat South West has announced the appointment of new board members following its recent annual general meeting and conference.

Elected to the board are Richard Phelps, managing director of Somerset-based Southern Counties Fresh Foods and Blade Farming South West; Andrew Jackson, chief executive of Mole Valley Farmers and a sheep and beef producer; Nick Green, agricultural manager of Bristol-based cheesemakers Alvis Brothers and the South West representative of the National Pig Association; Peter Baber, a Devon lamb producer from the Teign Valley and a past chairman of the National Sheep Association; Clinton Bonner, a retail butcher from Ilminster and past president of South West region Federation of Master Butchers; and Robert and Alan Venner of Taunton Livestock Market auctioneers, representing the Livestock Auctioneers Association.

Meat South West hopes the new board will mean the supply chain is well represented and will improve co-operation between the beef, lamb and pork sectors, as well as maximising resources and improving profitability. The new members will join acting chairman Robert Bowditch, a Dorset dairy and livestock producer from Bridport and past chairman of Dorset NFU; John Hoskin, a Dorchester beef, arable and sheep producer and EBLEX board member; Mark Thomas, a beef and sheep producer from Launceston and chairman of the National Beef Association South West; and Julie Edwards, NFU regional policy adviser for the South West region.

Bowditch said: "Meat South West is for its members and will be driven by the industry, acting as a connector, helping to put all parts of the supply chain in touch with one another. These new board appointments are a signal to the industry that the organisation will be moving up a gear to help tackle some of the key problems and also make the most of emerging market opportunities."

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