Second allied industry nomination submitted for PIG Elections!
28th Nov 2023 / By Alistair Driver
A second allied industry nomination has been submitted ahead of the New Year NPA Pig Industry Group (PIG) elections.
Gemma Thwaites, of the Garth Pig Practice, is currently the veterinary representative on PIG and is a past-president of the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS).
Submitting her nomination, she said: "The NPA provides such valuable support to producers, and I would relish the opportunity to remain in a position to continue to assist with this."
Gemma becomes the fourth candidate overall to put their name forward, after A-One's Peter Bryant in the allied vote and producers Joe Dewhirst and Helen Webb, from Pilgrim's.
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.