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Tompkins elected as chair of UK NFU’s dairy board

Photograph: NFU Dairy Board chair Paul Tompkins and NFU Dairy Board vice chair Ian Harvey. Credit score: NFU

Paul Tompkins has been named as chair of the UK Nationwide Farmers’ Union (NFU) nationwide dairy board. He labored within the monetary sector earlier than assembly his spouse and becoming a member of the household dairy enterprise. He first joined the dairy board in 2017 as an appointee earlier than being elected because the North East consultant. He has served almost 4 years as vice chair in complete.

Following his appointment he mentioned he was “delighted” to have been elected, including that he’ll do his utmost to ship for all dairy farmers. He mentioned: “I wish to take this chance, on behalf of the dairy board, to thank Michael Oakes for his dedication to his position as chair of the board over the previous eight years.

“It appears like we’re at a time limit for dairy farming; a vibrant, worthwhile, sustainable future is an ambition shared by all farmers however can solely be achieved with efficient regulation, a practical provide chain, a dedication to eradicating cattle ailments and rising entry to markets at residence and abroad.

“I need to concentrate on bettering the setting through which our companies function, bettering confidence in the way forward for dairy while acknowledging the problem to do higher. The Truthful Dealings Obligations (Milk) Rules was laid in parliament final month and the laws is on observe to achieve assent this July. I wish to begin my chairmanship with an open invitation to dairy farmers and processors to collaborate and embrace the chance this laws brings to the UK dairy sector.

“My work has solely simply begun, and along with different dairy farmers from each county in England and Wales who reward their time, vitality and dedication to the NFU, I’ll do all I can to assist members navigate this time limit for dairy farming and search the alternatives to assist our trade thrive.”

Tompkins will probably be supported by vice chair Ian Harvey who helps run a household farm partnership milking 180 cows with 180 followers on roughly 400 acres in Cornwall.

He mentioned: “After six years of steady dairy board service, I’m extraordinarily happy and honoured to have been nominated and elected as vice chair and to assist the persevering with work of the board and new chair Paul Tompkins.

“A precedence for me and a difficulty near my coronary heart is the illustration of dairy farmers of their negotiations with milk patrons.

“Now the dairy contract laws has been laid in Parliament, we have to guarantee it delivers for all dairy producers and that they derive the total profit on farm and of their farming teams.”

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