Finding sufficient people to work on poultry farms and in processing plants is the “main” post-referendum priority listed by NFU Poultry Board chairman, Duncan Priestner.
“In the EU, free labour movement has been good for the poultry industry,” he said, adding that economic migration remains high on the sector’s list of post-vote requirements.
“Trade also has to be fair, not least for exports of dark meat and trading stock, so we will be seeking reassurance and support from government on trade rules and will be urging them to ensure science based regulations.
“Research and development must also be adequately resourced and supported.”
Listing his sector’s priorities, alongside the union’s other board chairmen, Mr Priestner (pictured above), added: “We need to use the next few years wisely to make sure that initial uncertainty around the UK’s decision is managed and that confidence and willingness to invest is maintained.”