A sec­ond term for McCor­nick

The Galloway News - - WALLETS TUESDAY - SHARON LIPTROTT

Dum­friesshire farmer An­drew McCor­nick has been re- elected un­chal­lenged to the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent of NFU Scot­land.

Hav­ing al­ready led the union for two years, Mr McCor­nick of Barn­backle, Lochfoot, will now hold of­fice for a fur­ther two years by which time he will have served the max­i­mum al­lowed un­der the con­sti­tu­tion of two two-year terms.

Af­ter a keenly fought elec­tion, the vote for the two vice pres­i­den­tial posts saw Perthshire farmer Martin Kennedy re­elected to serve along­side Char­lie Adam from Aberdeensh­ire, cur­rently live­stock com­mit­tee chair­man.

The un­suc­cess­ful vi­cepres­i­den­tial can­di­date was Ian Sands from Perthshire, who is chair of the union’s com­bin­able crops com­mit­tee.

Un­der the terms of the con­sti­tu­tion, Mr Kennedy, as a serv­ing vice pres­i­dent, will be seek­ing re-elec­tion next year, hav­ing al­ready served as VP for two years. Mr Adam, be­ing elected to the po­si­tion of vice pres­i­dent for the first time, will ini­tially serve for two years be­fore the post re­verts to an an­nual elec­tion.

Af­ter the elec­tion, NFU Scot­land’s pres­i­dent Mr McCor­nick com­mented: “There are dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing times ahead but Martin, Char­lie and I have been given a clear man­date by mem­bers to rep­re­sent them and we are hon­oured to carry their mes­sage for­ward.

“Through­out the pro­tracted and frus­trat­ing Brexit process, NFUS has been crys­tal clear about its pri­or­i­ties and through our ‘Steps to Change’ work we have mapped out our thoughts on a new agri­cul­tural pol­icy for Scot­land. I be­lieve we have a top ta­ble team, who, backed by the mem­bers, staff and sec­re­taries have the vi­sion to de­liver on that.

“Those who choose to seek of­fice and rep­re­sent fel­low mem­bers in any ca­pac­ity un­der­take a huge com­mit­ment and al­though miss­ing out, I con­grat­u­late Ian for the part he played in a hard-fought cam­paign and the out­stand­ing work he does in rep­re­sent­ing his sec­tor.”

Mr McCor­nick, who is mar­ried with three sons and a daugh­ter, was born and brought up on a dairy farm in Wig­town.

An­drew and wife Jan­ice farm their 230+ ha unit with 160 suck­ler cows and 600 breed­ing ewes with a small herd of pedi­gree Charo­lais cat­tle.

An­drew’s sons farm a ten­anted unit in East Ayr­shire which pro­vides re­place­ment breed­ing stock for Barn­backle.

For as long as An­drew can re­mem­ber, he has been a mem­ber of the union, and got more in­volved when the con­sul­ta­tion for Niths­dale NVZ came out.

From there he went on to be­come vice chair­man of the Dum­fries branch, and then onto his pre­vi­ous role of re­gional board chair­man for Dum­fries and Gal­loway. He also sat on the LFASS com­mit­tee. An­drew was elected vice pres­i­dent in Fe­bru­ary 2015 and pres­i­dent in 2017.

Re-elected An­drew McCor­nick

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