Just one week remaining to get NPA Election nominations in

There is just one week left to get nominations in to stand in the elections to find 17 new members of the NPA’s Pig Industry Group (PIG) .

Nominations are open until January 11. You will need to submit a manifesto and picture, which will be published in the February issue of Pig World – however, while your nomination will need to be in by January 11, your manifesto and picture can follow a few days later.

Full details on how to submit your nomination can be found on the NPA Election pages

Online voting for the 17 places on the PIG opens on January 25. Producer members have 10 votes to elect producer members and allied members have seven votes to elect allied members. The NPA is urging members to read the manifestos and use all your votes.

Give it a go!

Heading in the Christmas break, a total of 16 nominations had been submitted – eight producer nominations and the same number from the allied industries.

You can view the Producer nominations received so far HERE

And the Allied Industry nominations HERE

“We are delighted with the calibre of nominations so far – but we want more!” said NPA chief executive Zoe Davies.

“This is a massive moment in the NPA’s history and a time of big change for the pig sector. We need good competition for places on PIG to give members the opportunity to vote for who they think will represent them the best and, for that we need more producers to come forward from some regions, in particular – South West and South Central – and from the allied sectors.

“If you care about your industry and believe you can make a difference, the benefits of being on the PIG make the commitment more than worthwhile.

“There is still time – so, for the sake of the great British pig industry, give it a go!”

The chance to become part of the next NPA PIG is a fantastic opportunity that should be grasped with both hands by producers and allied industry representatives alike, according to NPA chairman Richard Lister.

“If you are thinking about, my advice is to get your nomination in now!” Richard said.

The new structure, which has seen the NPA’s Producer and Allied Industry Groups brought together to form the PIG, has many benefits for those elected onto it.

For a start, the time requirements have been reduced – there will be just four meetings each year, two of which are likely to be held online. The combined group also means closer relations between producers and the allied industry representatives.

“Being a member of the PIG, especially at this crucial time, will give you a real voice in shaping pig industry policy,” Richard added. “But it has wider benefits, too, for you personally and your business, in the knowledge, experience and contacts you will gain.

“We need people with a passion for the pig sector and the drive to make things happen to come forward now!”

NPA 20th PGNPA Producer Group, pictured at the association’s 20th anniversary celebrations last year 

Hugh Crabtree, the NPA’s allied industry chair said, with the changes taking place around the industry, it has never been more important for all sectors to support the NPA.

Hugh said: “The NPA has always been different in the way it represents the entire pig supply chain, not just producers, and those links have now been further reinforced. In my view, this gives even more reason for the allied industries to come forward!”

Why you should stand – from those who have represented their industry

Rob Mutimer, NPA vice chairman

Rob Mutimer 2“The new PIG going forward will be pivotal in keeping the NPA team up-to-date with changes and new challenges in the industry, helping both the NPA staff and board make sure the organisation continues to be a forward-thinking relevant force delivering real value for money for all its members.

“There are some great forward-thinking characters in our industry and we really do need your input into the NPA. It is not a massive time commitment and as an organisation, it really does make a significant contribution to the success of our industry – so please get your nominations in!”

Sally Stockings PIG 2Sally Stockings, PIG South Central producer representative

“I have been fortunate to work with excellent members of the NPA staff. The knowledge that Zoe imparts, that Lizzie and Becca deciphers and that Andrea manages to communicate is amazing.

“If it has ever crossed your mind to put yourself forward, please do not hesitate.

The environment is welcoming and along with the more serious aspects of the meetings, it is a joy to meet up with fellow members of the pig Industry on a regular basis.”

Phil SPhil Stephenson, producer chairman on PIG

“There is no doubt that we would not have an industry as it is now without an NPA. To function at its best, Zoe and the team need a strong guide from the Pig Industry Group.

‘I would urge any producer big/small/indoor/outdoor to put their name forward and have an opinion.

“You will help shape and secure the future of our industry and meet lots of interesting people along the way – give it a go!”

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