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NPA Election 2021 Q&A - everything you need to know about the elections!

3rd Nov 2020 / By Andrea Tranter

Everything you ever wanted to know about the NPA elections but were afraid to ask...

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What is the NPA Pig Industry Group?

The PIG is the amalgamated group made up of the former Producer and Allied Industry Groups. They were brought together to help save NPA resources and time and to allow for a much wider cross-industry discussion.

How many places are up for election?

The newly elected group as of March will consist of 10 producers and 7 allied industry members.

There will be a guaranteed seat for each region for producer members – North, East, Midlands, South Central and South West – with the remaining 5 spaces being taken by those with next highest number of votes.

There will be a guaranteed seat for each sector for allied industry members – Feed/Nutrition, Pharmaceutical, Marketing, Veterinary, Housing/Equipment and Processing – with the remaining seat being taken by the candidate holding the next highest number of votes. 

How do I put my name forward?  

Complete the relevant nomination form for your membership category. The forms can be accessed in the Members' Area.

Then find two people from within the same category, ie two producers if you’re a producer candidate or two allied members if you’re an allied candidate, to support your nomination. 

They must be NPA members otherwise your nomination will not be accepted. 

Supporters need to countersign the form either physically or electronically or, alternatively, send you an email confirming they are supporting your nomination. The email must be returned with your nomination form. 

You will also need to send a manifesto of no more than 250 words and a head and shoulders photo of yourself. 

Email all of the above to

What if I can’t access the Members’ Area?

If you haven’t registered for access to the members area or can’t remember your login details please email

When does my nomination have to be in by?

You have until midday on Monday, January 11, 2021 to get your nomination in.

Who can (and can’t) nominate me?

If you are a producer member, two other paid up producer members can nominate you but not an allied industry or associate member.

If you are an allied industry member, two other paid up allied industry members can nominate you but not a producer or associate member.

How will members know what I have to offer?

As part of your nomination you need to submit a 250 word manifesto, which should give a brief description about you and what you aim to bring to the association if elected. 

Your full manifesto will be published on the NPA website - for producers HERE and for allied candidates HERE - and an edited version of all manifestos will appear in February’s edition of Pigworld

How do I find out more about the elections?

There is a dedicated area on our website just for the elections, while Pig World will be running updates every month. 

Why have the Producer and the Allied Industry Group been replaced by the PIG?

Historically, the Producer Group was the main policy generator for the NPA.

However, with the structural changes going on in the industry and the fact that pig production has become increasingly regulated and certainly more challenging technically, input from allied industry members has become more important.

As much of the agenda for the Producer Group and the Allied Industry Group meetings had become the same, it made a lot of sense to bring the two groups together.

The new arrangement has been on trial during 2020 and has proved very effective at reducing duplication of effort for the association’s already very busy staff as well as improving communications and policy considerations between elected member groups.

The board of the NPA felt that the trial had been sufficiently successful to justify make a permanent change to the way the association operates.

When will voting start?

Online voting opens on Monday, January 25, while postal ballots will be sent to those who have not or cannot vote on line on Monday, February 8. 

Only one vote may be cast per membership number - you must therefore agree who puts the casting vote forward.

If I am elected, what will be expected of me?

The PIG will meet four times a year and it is expected that two of these meetings will be held online. 

Meetings are usually held in London or on occasion at Stoneleigh Park. As part of the PIG you may be asked to help by sitting on a working or steering group on behalf of NPA staff and to represent the association in areas of policy you are interested in and comfortable with.

You will be expected to feed back information from the meetings to other producers or companies in your area or sector as well as feed in information from them too.

I am busy. Will being a member of the PIG take up a lot of time?

No it won’t but if elected, it’s for a minimum of three years so you should ensure you are able to commit your time.

NPA seems to be doing a perfectly good job. Do you need me?

NPA does a good job because of its excellent staff AND the commitment of its elected representatives.

The same people can’t carry the burden of responsibility indefinitely - others need to come forward to bring fresh ideas and energy to an ever-changing set of challenges faced by the industry.

If I am elected, can I really influence policy?

Absolutely you can! The NPA is your representative trade association for your pig business.

It is essential that it represents and indeed supports its members regardless of scale, production system or field of operation. The least you should do is talk to the people who have been elected to represent you, but how much better to take on that role yourself for a term? 

The Chief Executive and her staff completely depend on the PIG to develop and guide policy and the actions which the association takes in dealing with the challenges that arise.

We are entering a period which will be as challenging as any seen in our 20 year history. Be a part of it!