Dumfriesshire farmer, Andrew McCornick, is the new president of NFU Scotland after he defeated sitting president, Allan Bowie, and sitting vice president, Rob Livesey, in a three-way election at the Union’s council meeting in Glasgow this morning.
Mr McCornick is joined at the top of NFUS by newly vice presidents, Martin Kennedy from Perthshire and Gary Mitchell from Wigtownshire.
Speaking immediately after his victory, Mr McCornick commented: “Wow! There are difficult and challenging times ahead but I have been given a mandate by members to represent them and I am honoured to carry their message forward. We are on a mission to take this industry forward so let’s make it count.”
Mr McCornick and his wife Janice farm at Barnbackle, Lochfoot, Dumfries, a 230-hectare unit with 160 suckler cows, 600 breeding ewes and a small herd of pedigree Charolais cattle.
He has been a member of the union for “as long as he can remember” and has served as NFUS vice president since February 2015.