Join the NFU Livestock Board – apply to be an appointee member

20 March 2024

Cows on a farm

Forward-thinking English and Welsh livestock producers are needed by the NFU to help champion the cause of the beef and sheep sectors.

UK beef and sheep producers continue to face unprecedented challenges.

From the rise in farm inputs and the extraordinary grocery inflation, to uncertainty over the delivery of the new agriculture support policy, the red meat sector is facing a period of significant change.

On top of this, the supply chain is particularly focussed on climate change and sustainability, and consumers continue to demand high standards of traceability, food safety, and animal welfare alongside high levels of environmental delivery.

We continue to call for clear, long-term market signals to allow UK producers to respond and adapt – food security must not be taken for granted. Maintaining our world-leading standards will be critical if we are to secure support from our domestic market and to seriously take advantage of a wider range of export markets. We want a supply chain that is fair and transparent that ensures all within that chain remain profitable.

In order to complement and balance the existing range of skills and expertise on the Livestock Board, the NFU is looking to appoint farmer members as appointees to the national livestock board.

Who can apply?

Applicants should be active beef or sheep producers with a good understanding of the sectors, be forward thinking and have strong communication skills.

Board agendas are wide ranging and potential applicants must demonstrate a sound understanding of the policy and trade issues affecting the livestock industry, as well as a willingness to connect with the wider NFU membership.

What does the role involve?

Successful candidates are appointed for two years and will be expected to attend six meetings a year, typically at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire or our London office.

Attendance at other supply chain, government or NFU meetings as a representative of the board will be required from time to time.

In return you will receive an honorarium, paid monthly, and reimbursement of reasonable expenses

Apply now

Interested members should contact the NFU's Livestock adviser, Phoebe Traquair at: [email protected] with an up-to-date CV setting out your experience, skills and interests, along with a personal statement on what you would bring to the board.

You should clearly mark any correspondence, including your application with the word ‘Livestock Appointee’ in the subject line.

Closing date

The closing date for all applications is Friday, 30 April 2024 and candidates may be invited to an interview with the selection panel.

Interviews will take place between 9-10 May via Microsoft Teams. If successful, the first board meeting you would be required to attend is on Tuesday 28 May 2024. 

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