New dairy chair­man

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - GERALD PIDDOCK

Former Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Waikato pres­i­dent Chris Lewis has been elected the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s new na­tional dairy chair­man.

The dairy farmer was voted into the po­si­tion by mem­bers at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s na­tional con­fer­ence in Welling­ton. He has served as na­tional vice-pres­i­dent in the dairy sec­tion for three years and re­places Andrew Hog­gard in the role.

He will join a new look board for the or­gan­i­sa­tion with Miles Anderson re­plac­ing Rick Pow­drell as the new meat and fi­bre chair­man and Guy Wigley was reap­pointed as arable chair­man.

A new na­tional pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent will be elected on June 22.

Look­ing ahead, Lewis said the dairy sec­tion was work­ing on a new dairy strat­egy, which would be re­leased in Oc­to­ber.

An­i­mal wel­fare would also be an is­sue with calv­ing due to be­gin shortly.

‘‘There will be an in­creased spot­light on that again I sus­pect, but hope­fully for the right rea­sons, show­ing that farm­ers are do­ing a great job.’’

Dairy farm­ing and its ef­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment and wa­ter qual­ity also looked to be hot topic for the com­ing elec­tion. Dairy farm­ers had to keep show­ing the work be­ing done to pro­tect and im­prove wa­ter­ways and ex­plain to the non-farm­ing sec­tor how this work im­proved wa­ter qual­ity.

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