NFU Livestock Board Chairman Alistair Mackintosh Steps Down26 January 2012
UK - Outgoing National Farmers Union (NFU) livestock board chairman Alistair Mackintosh believes the industry is more optimistic now than when he was elected in 2008.
Mr Mackintosh, who is standing down after four years at the helm, says he leaves the board with the industry on a sound footing although recognises there is still much to achieve.
He said: "In my four years I have had the good fortune to lead such a strong board and together we have achieved a great deal for our membership. I thank them for their support and dedication without which I could not have carried out my role as chairman.
"Our industry is in a positive mood at the moment. Prices are stronger, relationships have vastly improved across the supply chain and we have achieved flexibility for farmers on sheep EID to help cope with the difficulties in the regulation.
"There are a number of key policy issues facing the livestock sector; the greening of the CAP, the review of movement controls and animal health challenges to mention a few. I know the livestock board will continue to lobby hard both at home and abroad to try to resolve these issues.
"I firmly believe this industry has a bright future with tremendous opportunities for the next generation of farmers. I know my successor will carry on representing NFU livestock farmers with the utmost drive and integrity."
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