An uplands livestock farmer from Shropshire has received recognition at this year’s NFU Conference for his invaluable commitment and dedication to the NFU and the farming industry.
Mervin Mullard, who farms near Bishops Castle, was the West Midlands’ regional winner and shortlisted for the Meurig Raymond Award.
The award seeks to recognise unsung members who work closely with the NFU and tirelessly campaign and lobby to make the industry’s voice heard, creating a better trading environment.
Mervin runs a beef and sheep farm on the Welsh border which covers around 400 acres.
Rob Newbery, NFU West Midlands regional director, commented that several farmers and growers from each county had all been put forward as excellent advocates for the industry and worthy winners of the award.
“Mervin exemplifies the sense of involvement, participation and unity that makes the NFU such a fantastic organisation. He has been a dedicated member over a long period, so it makes me very happy that we could recognise his contribution to the NFU in the West Midlands and Shropshire in this way.”
Mervin spoke of his delight at winning the regional title, adding that there were many other farmers who could have taken home the award.
He said: “It is an honour to have been chosen for this award and a great surprise. This really wouldn’t have been possible without my late wife, Trish, who encouraged me to get off the farm and have my say and do things that wouldn’t have been possible had I not left.”
He added: “I would like to thank NFU staff and elected officials who have put up with me over the years. I plan to continue as I have been, making the voice of British farming heard.”