Chair: Richard Findlay
Richard is the NFU Livestock Board chair and farms a mixed holding in Westerdale in the North York Moors National Park with moorland in a HLS agreement.
The farm is stocked with mainly Easycare ewes and the cattle are kept under a business arrangement with a lowland farm to make best use of cereals and straw.
He is vice chair of the “7 Hill Farmers Ltd” producer/marketing group, aiming to supply branded hill lamb into a premium market with large retailers.
Vice Chair: David Barton
David was born and raised on his family farm in the Cotswolds where he farms a beef suckler herd and cereals.
David has developed an interest in breeding his own stock to suit his particular system where he out winters cows for 10 months of the year. Currently, he is working with AHDB as a strategic farm to improve profitability and efficiency.
Farming in a high-risk area, he has experienced the devastating consequences of bTB. He has made it his mission to better understand all aspects of the disease and work towards its eradication.
Rob Lewis, Cymru
Richard Spencer, West Midlands
Richard farms the family farm in partnership with his wife and son, which included dairy farming until 2009 when the herd dispersed. They now have a small area of winter wheat, part of their reseeding rotation, contract farmed.
The farm has over 600 ewes, based on Lleyn put to high index Meatlinc and Charolais, and a small flock of pedigree Shropshires.
Richard is also chair of British Wool Central Region Committee, and is managing director of Sheep Fairs Ltd, a group of enthusiastic volunteers who came together in 2015 to organise a sheep fair on an annual basis in two local market towns to promote all things derived from sheep.
"I am driven by words said to me on the journey to my first regional meeting: 'We must never forget the farmer trying to make a living from 30 suckler cows on the moors.'
"We are here to represent all farmers at all levels of the industry."
Ros Turner, East Midlands
Ros is an eighth generation sheep farmer and will be representing the East Midlands. She manages 300 breeding ewes – Sotch Mules and home-bred Texel X Scotch Mule ewes – and is part of a boxed lamb scheme called Burgin Lodge Lamb.
However, the farm also sells Christmas trees, does grass and fodder crop sales from its 65 hectares. Ros is keen on marketing and promotion and has some board experience of that from her time as an AHDB Beef and Lamb board member between 2013 and 2019.
She took over the business when her father retired in 2005 but has been helping to farm it for over 30 years.
“I’m pleased to represent East Midlands livestock Farmers. It is a unique area with the range of farming systems and landscapes encompassing the Lincolnshire Fens to the uplands of the Derbyshire Peak District. I am keen to ensure a future profitable industry for all farmers in the area and promoting a sustainable future.”
Julia Camp, East Anglia
Julia farms in Hertfordshire in partnership with her husband. She farm 450 acres with the majority being permanent pasture and grass leys, with a small acreage of cereals.
The farm is predominately beef and runs a 130 cow spring calving suckler herd, alongside a 400 head beef finishing unit, all stock is sold on a dead weight basis.
Ben Robinson - South East
Ben Robinson is a first generation sheep farmer and calf rearer in Hampshire.
He works with neighbouring arable farmers to utilise cover crops in their rotations as well as providing livestock to graze land in wildlife schemes and his sheep graze local vineyards in the winter months.
Ben buys in milk calves and rears them for 12-18 months when they are sold as sore cattle, he also relief milks for local dairy farmers. Ben has recently come up through the Young Farmers movement; serving as chair of South East Area Young Farmers, chair Hampshire YFC and also sitting on the National Board.
John Longmire, North West
John farms in South Cumbria in partnership with his wife and son. He is a third generation dairy farmer milking Friesian cows on their family-owned farm. The milk supplies Booths Supermarket and Tebay Services through Morphet Farms.
He also runs a flock of mule sheep and small herd of Limousins. John is currently county vice chair of Cumbria NFU and is a director of Ulverston Auction Mart.
Will Terry, North East
Will farms 153 ha at Ravenscar near Scarborough with a mixed family farm of sheep and arable. Will’s 600-ewe lowland flock produces lamb for Marks and Spencer through Dawn Meats. A proportion of the flock is lambed early, with lambs finished inside for the May/June market. The remainder lamb in April. The 48-ha arable enterprise produces cereals, peas and roots for the sheep. His future plans include maximising available grazing to develop the sheep flock further.
Appointee: Mark Jelley
Mark farms in partnership with his father on a mixed beef and arable farm in West Northamptonshire. The farm runs 100 spring calving Hereford x Friesian suckler cows alongside a finishing unit for all home-grown stock. The finishing unit produces young bulls sold deadweight between 12 and 15 months alongside heifers finished for a local catering butcher.
Mark also sits as a farmer member on the COWS (Control of Worms Sustainably) steering group and as a working farmer on the Veterinary Products Committee at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
Appointee: Andrew Loftus
Andrew runs a small suckler herd with his wife Joanna near Masham in North Yorkshire, and is also involved with his family’s pedigree livestock farm in Lancashire (the Weeton Herd). He has two young sons.
Andrew was formerly Agriculture Manager at Wm Morrison Supermarkets, and has worked with numerous retailers and processors in his career as a consultant. He is currently a Director of SellmyLivestock, Graindex (UK) Ltd, and an independent board member of Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL).
Appointee: Oli Lee
Oli is a first generation beef and sheep farmer in Leicestershire. He and his wife are partners in her family’s business consisting of a flock of 650 Lleyn breeding ewes, 350 running ewe lambs, and a small Beef Shorthorn suckler herd.
He previously ran the neighbouring organic beef, sheep and arable estate and has previous experience as a Meat and Livestock Commission industry analyst and farm business consultant.
Oli strives to bridge the divide between organic and non-organic production systems and is aware that future farming may change significantly from how we recognise it now. He is optimistic that we will thrive as an industry and is keen to be a part of that as an appointee on the livestock board.
Appointee: Dan Burling
Dan is a progressive beef farmer from Cambridge, he has been expanding the family farm and increased their cattle production by building a relationship with the RSPB, increasing summer grazing and switching to more efficient and functional stabiliser cows.
Dan has previously worked as a lecturer at Plumpton college, a soil scientist and for the RPA. He was an original member of AHDBs national progressive beef group and his key interests involve using estimated breeding values (EBV’s) and genomics along with composite breeding to produce a beef system that has a low environmental impact while producing a high quality fit for market product.
Co-option: Thomas Binns, NFU Hill and Upland Forum Chair
Farming in partnership with his wife on a tenanted upland farm of 750ha across the LFA. The farm is situated in the Bowland AONB in Lancashire. The farm has 2500 breeding ewes consisting of Swaledales and Mules. Lambs are both sold finished and for breeding. Grazing cattle are also summered. The farm currently participates in Environmental Stewardship. Thomas currently chairs the NFU Uplands Forum and is co-opted onto the National Livestock Board.
“Brexit has the potential to impact most severely on livestock farmers. I am very conscious that keeping food at the heart of new policy changes must be our priority.”
Co-option: Dave Morgan
Dave runs the family farm in Herefordshire, an enterprise based around beef finishing as well as sheep, arable and AD enterprises. The farm finishes 1000 cattle a year, around 1200 lambs over winter and has 130 suckler cows.
A practical farmer who is passionate about British meat, Dave represents the NFU Livestock Board's view on the Red Tractor beef and lamb board.
Co-option: Gareth Parker
Gareth is a partner in their tenanted family farm in Ludlow having graduated from Harper Adams Universtiy. They have 250 head of cattle on a semi intensive grass-based system alongside an arable unit.
He also works for Pickstocks procuring cattle for their processing unit, this gives him a good insight into the supply chain. His work also focuses on data collection and utilising it to improve productivity and efficiency on farm.
Gareth thinks upcoming innovations within the livestock sector will create a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the high standards of traceability, food safety and animal welfare and being on the board puts him at the forefront of this.
Co-option: Will Atkinson
Will is a partner in their 1,200 acre family farm that runs 600 breeding ewes, 320 cattle finishing around 200 a year and arable business.
They have also diversified by running a campsite on farm as well as launching “Meonside Meats” which supplies lamb direct to people's doors.
Will also has experience within the supply chain from working with Randall Parker foods where he worked on new product development to find innovating products to maintain the consumers interest in lamb. He is keen to use his background and position on the board to increase traceability within the sector.