Prominent producer becomes latest NPA Pig Industry Group candidate
1st Dec 2023 / By Alistair Driver
One of the NPA's best known figures has become the latest producer to put their name forward for election to the NPA's Pig Industry.
Phil Stephenson, who farms in Yorkshire, is currently vice-chair of the NPA, having previously chaired the PIG and Producer Group for a number of years.
"Still getting my hands dirty on a daily basis enables me to voice a grassroots opinion to help advise Lizzie and the rest of our fantastic NPA team," he said in his manifesto, which you can view HERE, along with the other producer manifestos.
Phil becomes the fifth candidate, overall, to put their name forward, after Yorkshire producer Joe Dewhirst and Pilgrim's UK's Helen Webb and allied industry candidates, Gemma Thwaites, of the Garth Pig Practice and A-One's Peter Bryant.
- You can view the allied industry manifestos HERE
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.
“The PIG is a brilliant mix of producers and the allied industry, and to make sure we move the industry forward, we need the best people to put their heads above the parapet for election,"
NPA chair Rob Mutimer said.
“Elections for the PIG are just round the corner. If you want to be in the thick of policy making for the industry - now's your chance. We need the best to keep the NPA the best!” NPA vice-chair Hugh Crabtree added.