Michael Oakes re-elected as NFU dairy board chair

24 March 2022

An image of NFU national dairy board chair Michael Oakes

Mr Oakes, a tenant dairy farmer based just outside Birmingham, has been chair of the NFU's dairy board since 2016. Paul Tompkins has been elected as vice chair, a position he held 2016–18.

Michael Oakes

Mr Oakes has a milking herd of 180 pedigree Holstein cows. The milk he produces is sold to dairy cooperative Arla. Surplus heifers are sold at calving.

He said: “I’m grateful to the dairy board for its support as chair and I’m excited to be able to work with Paul as vice chair.

“We are facing uncertain times, with the price of energy and feed costs rising rapidly and I’m committed to engaging with the government and processors to highlight this.

“The British dairy industry produces delicious products to some of the world’s highest animal welfare and environmental standards and I am eager to take the dairy export strategy forward further.

“I would also like to thank Graham Young for his work as vice chair for the past two years.”

Paul Tompkins

Mr Tompkins is based in the Vale of York. He works alongside his wife running a herd of 240 pedigree Holsteins. They supply Paynes Dairies.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been elected as vice chair of the board. I’m looking forward to working with Michael on everything from fairness in the supply chain, to working to help deliver net zero in our industry.”

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