Longstanding reports of the National Beef Association’s imminent
death in Scotland have been greatly exaggerated because it is stronger
now than it was before its former Scottish Council was dissolved
en-bloc in May.
l to r , NBA chief executive Robert Forster,
NBA Scotland chairman Iain Mathers and NBA chairman Duff Burrell.
This is the cheerful view of NBA Scotland’s new chairman,
Iain Mathers, after an extremely successful outing at the Winter
Fair in Edinburgh last week.
Immediately before the Ingliston event the NBA had only six less members in Scotland
than it had before it was reformed over the summer against a barrage of unfounded
rumours that it would soon collapse due to the loss of both its membership and
And a further surge in support from newly recruited members at the Winter Fair
means that NBA Scotland has more backing than it ever had and is enjoying a net
gain in membership too.
“There can be no doubt that the re-structuring of the NBA north of the
Border has strengthened the Association’s standing at grass roots level
and that these advances have been assisted by the genuine efforts its office
holders and staff have made to further the well being of the Scottish beef farmer
and of Scotland’s beef industry,” explained a jubilant Mr Mathers.
“At one stage I was worried that persistent, unfounded, attacks on the
Association would undermine it but after last week’s very clear expressions
of support I am now looking forward to enjoying the benefits of an expanded membership
and the improved income benefits this brings.”
“Members, old and new, are enthusiastic about NBA Scotland’s determination
to work more closely with Seerad, NFUS, QMS, and all other bodies, than was the
case in the past and are encouraged by the benefits that this is already bringing.”
“Furthermore I have received nothing but praise for the national NBA’s
recent efforts to curb the arrival of non-farm assured imports, prevent imports
being mixed with home produced beef in supermarkets, or to maintain the only
cross-Channel export link available for pedigree and breeding cattle.”
“These are solid, measurable achievements and further all-round benefits
aimed at assisting and protecting Scotland’s beef farmers will soon be
“On the down side I am extremely surprised and disappointed that NBA Scotland
is still waiting for the return of its property, which includes a bank account,
from the previous committee. When we receive this information we will be able
to audit our accounts and then hold an AGM at which the membership will be fully
informed of our progress,” Mr Mathers added.
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