Priestner takes on poultry chair role

The National Farmers Union has announced the appointment of Duncan Priestner as the new chairman of the NFU’s poultry board.

A Manchester-based egg producer, Priestner was elected to the role this week, taking over from outgoing chair Charles Bourns. Cheshire farmer Mike Bailey was re-elected as vice chairman for turkeys. James Hook, from Oxfordshire, was elected as vice-chairman for broilers and Keith Henderson, from Newcastle, as vice-chairman for eggs.

Priestner said: “I am delighted to have been elected to the position and look forward to leading on the key issues and representing the interests of poultry members over the next two years. Charles Bourns has done a fantastic job in raising the profile of the industry and the board and I will continue to build on that success.

“There are many issues to tackle including planning, consumer perception of large-scale farming and imbalance of supply in the egg sector to name just a few.  

“We have a fantastic board and I plan to draw on all the knowledge and skills that these members have to ensure that we deliver real benefits for NFU members’ businesses.”