Oisin Murnion is new National Beef Association chairman

Northern Irish beef farmer Oisin Murnion has become the new board chairman for the National Beef Association, replacing Christopher Thomas-Everard.

Murnion has been the Northern Ireland National Beef Association (NBA) chairman for over the past two years and is a beef farmer from Kilkeel, County Down.

Thomas-Everard took over as NBA Board Chairman, initially for a one year period, in July 2008, but continued in his role for a second annual term.

NBA Board director Mike Powley said: “The Association is grateful to Christopher for his steady leadership, which contributed hugely to its recent, most welcome, lift in membership and the development of closer relationships with important industry and government bodies.

“His efforts on TB eradication and climate change will be remembered most. Christopher refused to accept that TB could be reduced, never mind eradicated, through cattle movement controls alone – and so he steps down knowing that the Coalition Government’s recent consultation on an English badger cull brings a more effective approach to overall TB reduction much closer.”

Powley added: “The NBA wishes Christopher well, and hopes he enjoys his well-earned rest. He can be assured that the Association will be just as determined to build on his efforts under his own chairmanship – and that its defence of beef production from attacks led by misinformed sections of the anti-climate change lobby will be just as robust.”

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