Standing for: President
Area farmed: 1376 ha
Main enterprises: 620-cow dairy herd, beef and lamb fattening, combinable crops and potatoes
Tenure type: 567ha owned / 809 ha tenanted
NFU experience: Elected local NFU branch chairman 1979; elected Pembrokeshire County chairman 1989; elected Welsh NFU treasurer 1992; NFU council delegate (Pembrokeshire) 1995-2004; NFU cereals committee vice-chairman 1999-2001; NFU vice-president 2004-2006; NFU deputy president 2006-present.
“With the experience and knowledge gained in supporting Peter Kendall over the past eight years, I am ideally suited to lead such a dynamic, professional organisation.
My honesty and integrity have ensured that I am well respected by policy makers in Europe and at a national level.
With the next generation involved in our faming business, I will passionately argue the importance of agriculture and horticulture in delivering a more profitable, vibrant industry which will create real economic, rural growth.
Running a mixed farming enterprise, I am well placed to represent all farmers and growers and all sectors of the industry.
Priorities for the NFU:
Increase productivity using all available modern technology to improve our competitiveness.
Fair implementation of Pillar 1 – CAP; the importance of financial support to farmers through Pillar 2.
Deliver a bovine TB eradication strategy focusing on a wildlife cull;
Better functioning food supply chains, and holding major retailers to account on their commitments.
Greater collaboration and co-operation across all sectors of agriculture and horticulture;
Communicating with our members and delivering a positive image to our customers and society.
Build on the strengths of the organisation, both financial and staff professionalism.
In five words: Integrity, knowledge, experience, contacts, approachability.
Tasker’s Tip: After serving as Peter Kendall’s loyal deputy for eight years, Meurig Raymond is pretty much “nailed on” to become NFU president.