Nigel Miller has been appointed as Chair of the newly-formed Ruminant Health and Welfare Group (RHWG) with effect from 1 June 2020 for a two-year term.
Former NFU Scotland (NFUS) President and qualified vet, Mr Miller will lead the independent cattle and sheep industry group which is aimed at speeding up progress against endemic diseases and reputational challenges which are costing the cattle and sheep sectors at least £500m per year.
Mr Miller commented on his appointment: “Endemic diseases in ruminants do not respect country borders or political boundaries and are a significant concern to farmers, the wider industry, governments and consumers due to their impact on animal health, welfare and food production.
“The RHWG will work independently to bring the industry and governments together to work collaboratively to speed up the fight against endemic disease in ruminants. I am committed to make this work for both sheep and cattle producers and excited to be part of a group that is focused on positive change.”