TWO Uttoxeter farmers have been chosen to represent their colleagues from across the country as part of a national union.
David Brookes, of Lower Loxley, and Janette Prince, of Marchington Cliff, have taken up seats for the first time on the National Farmers Union (NFU) where they will serve until 2016.
They will join Michael Oakes, a farmer at Rednal, who was elected as the board’s new vice chairman.
The union has heralded the move as good news for regional dairying as they work on the many issues facing the sector to benefit fellow farmers.
Mr Brookes, who is Staffordshire NFU chairman, said he was delighted with his appointment and looked forward to taking on the challenges of the role.
He said: “I’m honoured to become a member of the national dairy board and hope I can bring skills to the table which will be beneficial to the NFU and its dairy members.
“I am pleased to join Michael, Janette and other colleagues and look forward to working with them.
“I am delighted to become part of this team at an important time for the industry currently with the major retailers involved in a price war.
“This leads to additional pressure on processors despite the increase in worldwide increase in dairy commodity prices.
“I believe we need a strong dairy board at this time to ensure that our margins are not eroded to the benefit of the retailers and their shareholders.”
Mrs Prince farms with her husband, Chris, and they have an organic dairy herd of 85 Holstein-Friesian cows and followers on 156 acres.
She is also Uttoxeter and Burton NFU chairman, sits on the DairyCo board and takes an active role in the #DiscoverDairy campaign as a DairyCo ambassador.
Mrs Prince said: “I am looking forward to representing the region and Staffordshire dairy farmers.
“I think we do have some challenges ahead with the review of the voluntary code of practice and we need to ensure we are in a strong position. I look forward to working with the team to help achieve that.”