New NFU chief is ready to meet '˜challenges ahead'

FAREHAM dairy farmer Andrew Malyon has been appointed as the new chair of Hampshire National Farmers' Union.

Thursday, 15th March 2018, 5:00 am
Hampshire NFU chairman Andrew Malyon, dairy farmer, pictured with his daughter, Sarah, at his farm, Goathouse Farm, North Boarhunt, Fareham. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Mr Malyon took the helm in February.

Members of the NFU have said the appointment has come at an ‘historic time’ for agriculture.

A farmer and tenant on the Southwick Estate near Fareham, Mr Malyon has a milking herd of 250 Holstein Friesian cows.

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He is assisted by his daughter Sarah. The pair sell milk to major processor Arla for Tesco stores.

Mr Malyon said: ‘Farmers have many challenges ahead between now and Brexit next March, particularly helping to develop a new agriculture policy between now and early May.

‘The NFU is having a big input and continues to lobby on trade and labour issues, such as a global scheme for seasonal agricultural workers.

‘Like many dairy farmers, I am pleased that the NFU continues to press for more transparency and fairness in the supply chain, calling for a compulsory dairy code of conduct.’

Mr Malyon is passionate about encouraging the next generation to join the industry.

A student is currently gaining work experience on his farm and the farmer is also considering hiring an apprentice from Sparsholt College.