National Beef Association welcomes new board member

Third-generation farmer William Walton has been welcomed by the National Beef Association (NBA) as the organisation’s newest board member. 

His position will see him represent the north east region for the NBA and he will be a voice for the industry, as well as contributing to the board’s decision-making.

“I feel extremely honoured to have been invited to join the board of the NBA and I am looking forward to this new challenge and working with the British beef industry,” said Walton.

As part of his duties, he will ensure that members of the NBA are supplied with the relevant information affecting the industry.

“I will work hard to be a great ambassador and representative voice for beef farmers across the north east by both raising the profile of the NBA through its members, and keeping farmers fully informed about any changes and developments.

“From a regional perspective, I would like to get more suckler cattle back on the marginal and hill farms across the region, where the calves have to leave their farms at six to 12 months.”

Walton currently farms a 450-acre Northumberland Hill Farm, near Hexham, with his wife Fay and son Ryan. His farm consists of 50 suckler cows, including two stock bulls, a pedigree British Blue and a recently bought Pedigree Beef Shorthorn, which will be put to the British Blues.

Aside from beef, Walton is also a sheep farmer and is involved in the Blackface Sheep Breeders’ Association.

Chris Mallon, chief executive of the NBA, welcomed Walton to his new position. “We are delighted that William has accepted the invitation to join the board. One of our key aims is to raise the profile of the beef industry in his area, and William, having lived and farmed in Northumberland all of his life, brings a huge amount of knowledge, and will be instrumental in involving members of the NBA within the area, raising any issues they may have and enhancing the already great work the NBA carries out within the industry sector.”

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