Farmer eyes top dairy job

South Waikato News - - Motoring - GER­ALD PIDDOCK

Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers will elect a new pres­i­dent at its an­nual meet­ing on May 11 af­ter Chris Lewis de­cided not to seek re­elec­tion.

Lewis has held the po­si­tion for three years and was step­ping down in part due to a con­ven­tion within the or­gan­i­sa­tion that elected mem­bers serve three years be­fore re­tir­ing and to also al­low for new peo­ple with fresh ideas to serve on the ex­ec­u­tive.

He said there was also a gen­er­a­tional shift oc­cur­ring in other prov­inces with more younger peo­ple be­ing elected into po­si­tions within the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘It’s the younger gen­er­a­tion lead­ing now and in ev­ery province you see, it’s a mix of old and young and there is some fresh and dy­namic peo­ple com­ing through which is great to see.’’

He con­firmed at least two peo­ple had put their names for­ward for the pres­i­dent’s role.

The meet­ing will also have Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Nathan Guy as its guest speaker.

Lewis is the vice-pres­i­dent of the fed­er­a­tion’s dairy sec­tion and con­firmed he has de­cided to seek the na­tional dairy chair­man or woman’s role which will be va­cant with An­drew Hog­gard step­ping down af­ter three years.

Hog­gard has in­di­cated he will seek the vice-pres­i­dent’s role oc­cu­pied by An­ders Cro­foot.

Lewis said the en­vi­ron­ment, animal wel­fare, farm em­ploy­ment and new lo­cal gov­ern­ment rules were the big is­sues that the or­gan­i­sa­tion had to tackle over the past three years. ‘‘On a na­tional scale there has been a lot of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.’’

‘‘It's the younger gen­er­a­tion lead­ing now.’’ Chris Lewis

MIKE SCOTT

Chris Lewis will not seek re-elec­tion as Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers pres­i­dent af­ter three years in the role.

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