There are new chairmen for the Livestock and Combinable Crops boards
Yorkshire farmer Richard Findlay has replaced Charles Sercombe as NFU livestock board chairman.
Mr Findlay was previously vice-chairman and farms cattle and sheep in the North York National Park.
He said he was looking forward to working with industry and government to ‘support and grow a productive and profitable beef and sheep sector’.
“I am looking to maintain the strongest possible links with grassroots producers and I will work harder than ever to represent our members along every step of the journey.”
Wyn Evans, who farms upland beef and sheep near Aberystwyth in Wales, has been elected as vice-chairman of the Livestock board and was hoping to generate ‘more collaborative thinking’ between England and Wales.
Current dairy board chairman Michael Oakes was re-elected as chairman, with Paul Tomkins elected as vice-chairman.
Mr Oakes, a tenant farmer who runs a closed herd of 180 pedigree Holsteins at Rednal near Birmingham, was first elected chairman since 2016 and was looking to concentrate on ‘productivity, risk management and supply chain improvement’ going forward.
He said Government could support new initiatives to ‘improve cow health, provide support for upgrading farm infrastructure and ensure the sharing of industry data’ to measure productivity.
“Defra need to have a long term view as there will need to be a lot of investment in these areas to get them right. Improving dairy farm productivity will lead to win-win solutions for farmers, for consumers and for the environment.”
He also emphasised the need to encourage strong, collaborative relationships in the supply chain.
Michael Sly has been re-elected for another one year term as NFU sugar board chairman with Simon Smith also re-elected as vice-chairman.
Essex farmer Tom Bradshaw has replaced Mike Hamply as the new NFU Combinable Crops board chairman with Phil Jarvis elected as vice-chairman.