Somerset farmer David Cotton has been elected chairman of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.

Mr Cotton succeeds Lyndon Edwards who steps down after three years in office.

He farms a 160 cow unit in a family partnership at West Bradley, Glastonbury, Somerset.

The farm is also home to the Kingshay Farming Trust and hosts a variety of field and cubicle trials. Mr Cotton is a member of the IAgrM, a council member of Milk Link, and local branch NFU chairman.

“I am delighted to be elected chairman following three years as vice chair of RABDF,” he said. “I hope to continue that influence during my term of office and I will work hard to get a better deal for British dairy producers.

“One of my priorities is to ensure a successful transition of the Dairy Event and Livestock Show to its new venue at the NEC. Having been involved in the decision making process to relocate the event, part of my role and responsibility is to see that through to completion.

“Improved dairy cow health and welfare are also high on my agenda,”  he added.

“I want to ensure that dairy farmers are better informed about the risk implications of importing cattle. I will also be calling for better management control of TB within all livestock herds throughout the UK, and continuing RABDF’s appeal for humane badger culling in high TB incidence areas.”