NPA Elections 24: Another allied industry nomination!
13th Dec 2023 / By Alistair Driver
A third allied industry candidate has entered the race for the NPA Pig Industry Group (PIG) elections, which will take place in the New Year.
"I now have extensive experience in both the production and supply sides of the industry. My day-to-day engagement with pig farmers gives me a real understanding of the pressures faced by them, their attitude to decisions they often feel they cannot influence and their feelings about, and hopes for, the future," he said in his manifesto.
Andy becomes the seventh candidate, overall, joining A-One's Peter Bryant and Gemma Thwaites, of the Garth Pig Practice, in the allied industry race, alongside four producer candidates – Phil Stephenson, Joe Dewhirst, both from Yorkshire, Tom Allen from Oxfordshire and Pilgrim's UK's Helen Webb.
The deadline for nominations is January 8, 2024.
The NPA is seeking candidates for eight producer and four allied member seats on a streamlined PIG.
Producers will be elected on the basis of the most votes received, rather than on a regional basis. Efforts will be made to ensure a balance between indoor and outdoor production and independent and corporate producers.
Allied members will be elected via most votes in four categories – buildings/equipment, health, marketing/processing and nutrition.
Producers will only vote for producers, and allied industry for allied industry, with one vote per membership.
With less than a month left to nominate, NPA chairman Rob Mutimer is urging people from across the sector to consider putting their names forward.
"There are so many talented and driven people right across this industry and we really do want to see as many candidates as possible putting their names forward," he said.
"You can really make a big difference to the NPA and its hard-working team and, ultimately, to the wider industry, as we grapple with so many important issues - from how the supply chain operates to the sustainability and welfare agendas and so much more.
"As members of PIG have testified, there are many benefits of being on PIG and it is not overly burdensome, although we do expect real commitment from those elected."