A RANDALSTOWN farmer has been elected as British Wool’s Northern Ireland regional board member for a three year term.
Brendan Kelly will take up his position on April 1. As well as being an active member of the UFU’s Beef and Lamb Committee, Brendan is also a member of the BISCA executive committee and a senior shearing judge, as well as an advance shearer in his own right.
Farming in partnership with his two brothers, Brendan runs around 950 breeding ewes, including Mules and Romney, as well as 90 suckler cows on over 600 acres of grazing land.
On notification of the election results, Brendan said: “Thank you for electing me as Board Member for Northern Ireland, I’m delighted and am looking forward to fulfilling the role representing producers in my region.
“I’m very aware of the current uncertain challenges facing our industry but do believe as wool producers we’ll be in a stronger position if we all support and continue to raise the profile of British Wool.”
Brendan is very keen to promote the work British Wool does on behalf of sheep producers, especially those in his region.
He is proud of the shearing training and the consumer marketing of British wool products and feels both the grading and wool auctions are important ways of adding value to the wonderful, natural product.
Meanwhile, the man who stood against Mr Kelly has thanked those who gave him their support.
Robert Carmichael said: “I like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude and sincere thanks to all wool producers who took the time and effort to vote for me in the recent wool board election. Unfortunately I miss out by the narrowest of margins, on this occasion, (0.5 per cent).
“I will continue to serve the wool board as County Londonderry/Derry regional member, and assist wool producer in this region to resolve any issues they might have.
“As a relatively unknown candidate, I feel with the help of a wide network of friends and family I managed to do extremely well, and came very close to winning this election. So thanks again to everyone who helped me on this occasion, and as Big Arnie says ‘I’ll be back!’”