Richard Findlay elected national livestock board chair

03 March 2022

Livestock Hill farming
Richard Findlay leaning against a dry stone wall in a field

North East hill farmer Richard Findlay has been re-elected as chair of the NFU’s national livestock board. 

This will be Richard’s third term as national livestock board chair. He also runs a family sheep and beef farm in the North York national park.

He will be supported by South West beef farmer David Barton who has been elected as vice chair. David runs a beef suckler business in Gloucestershire and has represented the South West regional board for two years.

NFU livestock board chair Richard Findlay said: “I’m proud to represent the NFU’s national livestock board at such a crucial time for the livestock sector.

“We have a very broad remit and a lot to cover over the next two years, not least getting clarity on ELMS, but also key issues such as ensuring uniformity on carbon auditing and building fairness in the supply chain.

“There is a lot to play for in the red meat sector and I look forward to working with David and the board to provide more certainty for our members in the years ahead.

“I would also like to thank Wyn Evans for his support as vice chair over the past four years.”

NFU livestock board vice chair David Barton said: “There is so much to be positive about in the livestock sector and I’m grateful to have the chance to support Richard, the board and the NFU livestock team over the next two years.

“A priority for me will be shifting the perception that British livestock production is bad for the environment. As beef and lamb producers, we know that livestock are an essential part of the environment we farm and care for, and we need to get this message out.

“I also believe we have to show leadership in the area of carbon footprinting and measuring methane emissions. This is something we need to get right so we can demonstrate progress towards our net zero goal.”

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