NFU national poultry board chairman, Duncan Priestner, and vice chair, Tom Wornham, have both been re-elected for a further two-year term of office.
“I’m delighted to be asked to serve for another two years and to build on what we’ve already achieved,” said Mr Priestner, based in south Manchester, from where he farms on two sites in conjunction with his brother and runs a pullet rearing business and a separate egg-laying unit with 120,000 hens.
“My priorities going forward are the public perception of the poultry industry, engaging in discussions on antibiotic use in the poultry industry and looking at how the industry deals with diseases such as avian influenza.
“We’ve been successful in reducing campylobacter as an industry, improving our relationship with the Animal and Plant Health Agency with regards to AI specifically and had political wins on beak trimming. I’m excited to further this success, with the support of the board and the poultry team, in my next term.”
Mr Wornham, who is a fourth generation farmer from Hertfordshire and has been involved in the NFU since 2001, added: “During the next two years, I’m keen to engage with the candidates from the Poultry Industry Programme and see how they can benefit the national poultry board. I also want to reinvigorate the regional poultry boards to ensure they are working as effectively as possible.”
Headline image shows Duncan Priestner (left) and Tom Wornham