NFU livestock board appoints new members

The National Union of Farmers (NFU) livestock board has announced the appointment of four new members.

The new members are livestock farmers who, according to the NFU, will be bringing a “wealth of experience” to the board. They are: beef finisher Ed Green, who is studying for a Nuffield Scholarship on the beef market; Richard Findlay, who is a beef and sheep farmer from the North Yorkshire Moors; Cumbrian farmer David Rain; and Steve Conisbee who is a farmer and butcher in Surrey.

Livestock board chairman for the NFU Charles Sercombe stressed that the key work of the board was to ensure a profitable and sustainable sector that encourages the next generation to enter the industry. He and the board also recognised that prices in the industry remained tight and issues such as TB eradication and CAP reform still needed to be addressed.

Sercombe said: “We want to see an efficiently functioning supply chain and aim to build relationships with all parts of the chain, including the customer and other industry organisations, to deliver this goal. The first step is a report that will be launched at the Livestock Event at the NEC in September, which will set out the NFU vision for the beef industry and the roles we believe that all in the chain must play. I look forward to building on this document with the industry in the coming year.”

Livestock 2012 incorporating Dairy Event will take place on 4 and 5 September at the NEC in Birmingham.