Meurig Raymond

Meurig Raymond

Standing for: President

County: Pembrokeshire

Age: 61

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.

He says:

“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.