The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) is advertising for a new role of vice chairman to help develop and broaden its remit.
The NPA is urging potential candidates from the pig industry to put their names forward.
NFSCo, chaired by Michael Seals, facilitates the safe, biosecure and cost-effective disposal of fallen stock. It is seeking to broaden its sphere of operation, with an increasing focus on the use of IT for data transfer and utilisation.The successful candidate will initially support the chairman in this development, with the expectation of becoming a future leader.
The role will be offered on a part-time basis. For more information, including how to apply, click here.
A role for the pig sector?
The pig industry is currently represented on the board by well-known industry figure Ian Campbell, who is company secretary. Mr Campbell, with the backing of the NPA, is keen to see candidates from the pig industry putting their names forward, particularly as new opportunities arise for animal by-products in the future, in light of expected changes to BSE rules.
He said: “The disposal of fallen stock cost the industry money long before the burial ban but the total lack of value in a pig carcase due to the Animal By-product Directive after BSE has exacerbated that cost.
“Future changes will offer fresh opportunities for getting value back, subject to restructuring in the rendering industry. Disease threats such as African Swine Fever and the need to minimise endemic disease means standards for farm gate bio-security are of paramount importance.
“In both these areas, NFSCo has an important role to play in encouraging improvement and shaping priorities for industry/government resources to be most usefully employed.
“To have a pig knowledgeable person on the Board of NFSco is of value to the industry and the vice-chair position should appeal to people who get a buzz from shaping events and have some free time from their own businesses.
“I will be around for a bit yet but should really be contemplating my slippers and a comfortable armchair.”