A MAMBLE man will represent farmers across the West Midlands after he became NFU regional board chairman.

Clive Davies was voted into the post during an NFU regional board meeting in Telford. The livestock farmer, who is also Worcestershire NFU chairman, takes over from Warwickshire farmer Harry Johnson, who had come to the end of his term of office.

Mr Davies, who has a pedigree herd of Hereford cattle and an award-winning flock of Shropshire sheep, will be assisted by Shropshire farmer David Mills as his deputy.

Mr Mills, who farms near Craven Arms, is currently Shropshire NFU chairman and chairman of the regional NFU poultry board.

Mr Davies said: “This is a critical time for our industry and the NFU, with many big issues in the months ahead, including the drive to improve farm profitability and reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, CAP.

“Regionally, we have many issues having an impact on farm businesse,s including high speed rail HS2 and, of course, bovine tuberculosis.

“We have a lot of work to do to inform members of what the NFU can offer and is doing, we need to continue to promote the union within the industry and we also need to play our part in selling British farming and the countryside for everyone.”