Meurig Raymond is new NFU President

Meurig Raymond, who farms 3,400 acres in Pembrokeshire in partnership with his twin brother, has been chosen as the new President of the NFU.

Meurig was chosen as Personality of the Year in the 2013 Food and Farming Industry Awards.

According to the union’s website, the Raymonds’ farm grows 2,200 acres of combinable crops and 300 acres of potatoes. There are 620 dairy cows, with 300 followers. The farm also has 600 head of beef cattle and around 2,500 store lambs, fattened during winter.

NFU Council voted for Minette Batters as NFU Deputy President. Minette is a tenant farmer in Wiltshire, the union said. She runs a beef finishing unit and has diversified into horse livery and an events business. She worked with retailers to develop Ladies in Beef and the Great British Beef Week.

Guy Smith is the new Vice President. Guy farms a mixed farm in north east Essex. His farm has several diversifications including a golf course, shop, fishing lakes and an airstrip.

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