September 16, 2008

Attack on Change of Leader for Dairy UK

THE Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has expressed concern over Dairy UK's leadership change.

Appointing Dairy Crest chief executive, Mark Allen as chairman to succeed David Curry MP could bring to an end this all industry organisation, it says.

"Dairy UK was launched four years ago to replace DIAL, the dairy processors and manufacturers' organisation," said RABDF chairman, Lyndon Edwards.

"Dairy UK's objectives were to bring together for the first time all sectors of the industry, to collectively develop the market and the overall dairy business, and in turn, achieve a sustained improvement to producer milk price.

"Despite some initial failings, it has more recently achieved some positive outcomes.

"Sir Don Curry, succeeded in the chair by David Curry, together brought unique and independent expertise to the table.

"Yet electing a representative from the processing sector goes against that spirit of working for the best for all parties, both farmers and processors.

"While I believe that the new chair should be given the benefit of the doubt, it's over to members of Dairy UK's Dairy Farmers' Forum, to get together, to strengthen their representations and to ensure those views are taken in to account by Dairy UK's board."

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