Two Aberdeenshire farmers are to head up NFU Scotland’s poultry and pig working groups after the long-serving chairmen of both recently stepped down.
Robert Hay, who farms 344ha, has 70,000 broiler chickens and 76,000 laying hens, has taken over the poultry leadership from Robert Chapman of Farmlay. He was previously vice-chairman of this working group.
“During my time as chairman, I want to have and retain a profitable poultry industry and create better prospects for the poultrymeat sector,” said the third generation farmer from Luncarty Farm, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
“I would like to get a better price for eggs. Currently prices are being affected as there are too many eggs in the market and we need more competition in the marketplace.
“I would like to get a better price for eggs. Currently prices are being affected as there are too many eggs in the market and we need more competition in the marketplace.”
“We will also be working to get poultrymeat labelled as ‘Scottish’ on the supermarket shelves, rather than ‘British’ as it currently is. We need to get the supermarkets on board further to achieve this.”
Mr Hay also thanked Mr Chapman for the hard work he put in during his time as chairman of the working group.
Meanwhile, Kevin Gilbert of Womblehill, Kintore, Aberdeenshire, who farms about 364ha with 450 sows and 230 beef suckler cows, is heading up the pigs working group after Philip Sleigh stood down as chairman.
“The sector is reliant on the new factory at Brechin going ahead. We are looking forward to work starting there and that in particular will be key to the sustainability of the North East pig sector.”