THE Ulster Farmers’ Union has elected a new leadership team at its Annual General Meeting, which was conducted as a drive-in event at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Lisburn.
County Antrim livestock farmer Victor Chestnutt, was voted in as president for two years and David Brown was re-elected as deputy president for a second term. He will be joined by newly elected deputy president William Irvine, from Co. Armagh.
Victor Chestnutt, UFU president:
Victor Chestnutt is a fourth-generation livestock farmer based on the North Antrim Coast, near the Giants Causeway. Married with two grown up children, Zara who works in CAFRE advisory service and David who works on the farm along with his wife Carol.
A Greenmount student in 1978, Victor developed the home farm into several livestock enterprises, mainly sucklers and sheep with his son moving into dairying in 2009. Pedigree Texel sheep were introduced in the early 80s.
Victor represented NI and held many positions within the Texel Board, culminating in being chairman and president of the British Texel Sheep Society.
David Brown, UFU deputy president:
David Brown is a cattle and sheep farmer from Florencecourt, County Fermanagh. Passionate about grassland management, David is a committee member of Fermanagh Grassland Club and has served as chairman.
Within the UFU David represents the South West Group on the beef and lamb committee. During two years as County Chairman, David represented farmers’ concerns throughout the extreme flooding of 2015/16 and the subsequent Rivers Agency review.
William Irvine, UFU deputy president:
William Irvine is a dairy farmer from Mountnorris, Co. Armagh. He farms in partnership with his wife Ruth and son David.
He has held numerous positions within the UFU over the years including group, county and dairy committee chairman. He currently represents NI dairy farmers in Brussels on the COPA Milk Working Group and the UK on the Milk Civil Dialogue Group.
William also attends the Dairy Council NI board meetings as an observer for the UFU and is a Co. Armagh member of the UFU Management Board and serves on the Membership Subcommittee.