Pembrokeshire farmer, Mike Smith, to succeed Jim Baird as First Milk farmer director

First Milk has today announced that it has appointed Mike Smith as a new farmer director. Mr Smith is a First Milk member from Pembrokeshire, who has represented members since 2011, firstly as an area representative and latterly on the First Milk Member Council. This appointment arises as Jim Baird, farmer director and current vice-chairman, has reached the end of his third term as a farmer director and must, therefore, stand down from the Board.

Mr Smith farms in partnership with his brother Peter at Pelcomb Farm near Haverfordwest. The 650-acre farm runs a 450-cow autumn block calving herd.  Mike has previously chaired the Welsh Assembly Dairy Strategy Group and been a member of its Dairy Task Force.

Commenting on the announcement, Chris Thomas, Chairman, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Mike to the First Milk Board. His contribution to the business in the last 9 years as an area representative and Council member has been considerable, and I know he will represent members’ views and help drive the strategic direction of our co-operative in the years ahead.

“I would also like to extend my huge gratitude to Jim Baird for his significant contribution to First Milk over many years. Jim’s commitment, drive, and steadfast focus on delivering for our farmer members has been invaluable, and I know I speak for all my Board colleagues when I say he will be missed.”

Mr Smith’s appointment is subject to member ratification at the AGM later this year.

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