The following people have been elected to represent NFU Scotland. Members can obtain contact details for all members of NFU Scotland's Board of Directors by phoning 0131 472 4000.
President of NFU Scotland
Nigel Miller, Stagehall, Stow, Selkirkshire Nigel farms 550 hectares in partnership with two of his sons in the Scottish Borders. The upland hill farm supports 175 cows and 950 breeding ewes. Traditional beef breeds are the basis of the beef enterprise. Aberdeen Angus cross steers are sold through the auction ring with a percentage of heifers being contract finished near Kelso. The sheep flock is founded on Lairg type Cheviots. Spring barley and triticale are grown as feed. Nigel, a former vet, started his NFU Scotland career as Chairman of the West Berwick Branch and is a past Chair of the Livestock Committee. Nigel was Vice-President from March 2007 and elected President in 2011.
Vice-Presidents of NFU Scotland
Allan Bowie, The Haining, Strathkinness High Road, St Andrews Allan is married with 2 sons and a daughter. He farms in North East Fife majoring on growing cereals. The area farmed extends to about 500 acres on short limited duration tenancy/contract farming agreements. In addition, the business grazes a number of suckled calves. He was chair of the North East Fife branch and served 2 years as chairman for East Central region. Allan has been Vice-President since February 2009.
Rob Livesey, Firth, Catshawhill, Melrose Rob (52) is married to Kath with two sons, Rory and Iain. Kath and Iain both work at home while Rory is a trainee auctioneer. The family has been a tenant at the 600 acres Firth Farm since November 1998. A further 180 acres are owned or let on various arrangements. The family run 1100 Mule ewes, 80 Salers suckler cows and grow around 120 acres of grain. Prior to taking on the tenancy at Firth, Rob was farm manager at Glenapp Estate, Ballantrae. Rob is a former chairman of both the Girvan (now part of South Ayrshire) and Selkirk branches. He had been Livestock Committee Chairman for four years.
Other Directors of NFU Scotland
Chief Executive – Scott Walker
Treasurer – George Lawrie, Grianan, Milnathort
Regional Board Chairmen
Argyll & The Islands – John Semple, Ellary Estate, Achahoish, Lochgilphead
Ayrshire – John Wildman, Overcairn, New Cumnock
Dumfries & Galloway – Andrew McCornick, Barnsbackle, Lochfoot, Dumfries
East Central – James Adam, Highholm, Dunfermilne
Forth & Clyde – Tom French, Balgray, Crawfordjohn, Biggar
Highland – Jim Whiteford, Shandwick Mains, Tain
Lothian & Borders – Stewart McNicol, Castleton Farm, North Berwick
North East – Roddy Catto, Hillhead of Muirton, Aberdeen
Orkney & Shetland – Brian Moss, Muckle Ocklester, Holm, Orkney
Combinable Crops – Andrew Moir, Thornton Mains, Laurencekirk
Environment & Land Use – Gerald Banks, Fridayhill, Maud, Peterhead
Legal & Technical – John Smith, Drumalea, Kilkenzie, Campbeltown
Less Favoured Areas – Lachlan Maclean, Calachaig, Gruline, Isle of Mull
Livestock – Charlie Adam, Braeside, Cushnie, Alford, Aberdeenshire
Milk – Gary Mitchell, West Galdenoch, Stoneykirk, Stranraer
Pigs & Poultry – to be confirmed following forthcoming meetings of the pigs and poultry working groups.
Specialist Crops – Russell Brown, Inverdovat, Newport-on-Tay
NFU Scotland Board of Directors 2014
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