CUMBRIAN farmer Alistair Mackintosh is stepping down as NFU livestock chairman after four years in the post.
He says the industry is in a better state than when he was elected in 2008 but there is still work to be done.
“In my four years I have had the good fortune to lead such a strong board and together we have achieved a great deal for our membership,” he said.
“I thank them for their support and dedication without which I could not have carried out my role as chairman.
“Our industry is in a positive mood at the moment. Prices are stronger, relationships have vastly improved across the supply chain and we have achieved flexibility for farmers on sheep EID to help cope with the difficulties in the regulation.”
However, he pointed out that the livestock sector still had a number of issues that need to be dealt with.
“The greening of the CAP, the review of movement controls and animal health challenges, to mention a few,” said Mr Mackintosh.
“I know the livestock board will continue to lobby hard both at home and abroad to try to resolve these issues.
“I firmly believe this industry has a bright future with tremendous opportunities for the next generation of farmers. I know my successor will carry on representing NFU livestock farmers with the utmost drive and integrity.”