Welsh farmer re-elected to NFU dairy board

WELSH farmer Mansel Raymond has been re-elected for a second term as NFU dairy board chairman.

A leading Norfolk producer, Ken Proctor, of Grange Farm, Shipdham, who is vice-chairman of the county NFU, also joins as delegate for East Anglia. The new vice-chairman is Rob Harrison, who chaired the Next Generation Dairy Board, and farms with his wife in Gloucestershire.

Mr Raymond said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue my work as dairy board chairman, in these challenging but exciting times for the dairy industry. Our priority will continue to be equitable trading terms for dairy farmers.

“However, we also need to focus on a coherent and ambitious strategy for the dairy sector, in the post quota era, of growing markets and evolving consumer demand for dairy products.”

Mr Harrison said: “I am passionate about the dairy sector and I’m determined to take the opportunity this role presents to make a difference for this and the next generation of dairy farmers. A lot of hard work has been done to progress the debate on contracts. My focus is the future and how farmers capture the opportunities of global population growth.”

Other new members include Jeremy Burdett, representing the south east, and Mike Orton, for the north west. Board members continuing in their roles are Michael Oakes, west midlands, Brain Dalby, east midlands, and David Shaw, north east.

In the coming weeks, the NFU will be advertising for an extra four to six board members to complement the skills and expertise of the eight existing regionally-elected members.

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NFU members interested in applying should respond to the advert in British Farmer and Grower in April.