Lyndon Edwards has been elected RABDF chairman. He succeeds Tim
Brigstocke who steps down after six years in office, and he brings
a comprehensive wealth of knowledge and experience to the Association
as an agri-businessman and practical farmer.
Lyndon Edwards has been elected RABDF chairman.
Lyndon is managing partner of a 560 acre organic dairy farm based
near Chepstow, Monmouthshire, which carries the 200 cow Beechpike
pedigree herd. A former Nuffield Scholar and Waitangi fellow, he
is also a director of OMSCo. During the last two years, he has introduced
a diversification enterprise converting redundant farm buildings
to high quality offices for rental.
“Following three years as vice chair of RABDF, I am delighted
to be elected chairman, and in the first instance I would like to
pay tribute to Tim Brigstocke for his positive contribution to the
industry,” he says. “I hope to continue that influence
during my term of office and I will work hard to get a better deal
for British dairy producers.”
Campaigning for the fair trade concept to be successfully introduced
to milk is among Lyndon’s goals. “During the past 18
months, fair trade labelled products which guarantee a fair minimum
price to farmers from developing countries have become widely accepted
by consumers, so why not introduce those same trading standards to
ensure a sustainable UK dairy sector?” he says, adding: “I’m
also a firm believer in co-operation, and will be urging our fragmented
dairy sector to work together more cohesively, and subsequently develop
a stronger voice.”
· Newly elected RABDF vice chairman is
David Cotton who farms a 160 cow unit in a family partnership at
West Bradley, Glastonbury, Somerset. The unit is also home to the
Kingshay Farming Trust and hosts a variety of trials.
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