Duncan Priestner has been re-elected chairman of the NFU national poultry board. He farms in south Manchester on two sites with his brother, and also runs a pullet rearing business and a separate egg laying unit with 120,000 hens.

Elected vice-chairman was Herefordshire poultrymeat producer Tom Wornham.

Mr Priestner said he would do his “utmost to represent the interests of poultry members for another two years”.

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“We are rightly proud to be part of an industry that produces some of Britain’s most popular food.”Duncan Priestner
NFU poultry board chairman

“I’d also like to congratulate Tom on his new role and look forward to working with him and the rest of the board.”

He added: “We are rightly proud to be part of an industry that produces some of Britain’s most popular food.

“There are exciting times ahead for the sector, but clearly we face a number of challenges, such as tackling campylobacter, explaining the importance of beak trimming technology and ensuring that our producers are able to invest in their businesses via a planning system which is fit for purpose.

“We’ve already made great strides in tackling these issues, but there is still much more to do.”