Sheep farmer getting to grips with EU regulations

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A farmer from the Esk Valley is representing the industry on an international level after being promoted within the ranks of the National Farmer’s Union.

Richard Findlay from Quarry Farm in Westerdale is on the organisation’s National Livestock Board and has been chosen to represent the North East region.

It stretches from the Humber to the Scottish border and meets every two months.

In addition to his role with the NFU, Richard - who is primarily a sheep farmer - has also been elected to chair the sheep focus group within that branch.

He said: “I have already been to London representing sheep farmers and speaking to Defra about legislation that the industry would benefit from and making the rules and regulations that Brussels wants workable.

“Board members, like me, are very much representing rural agriculture on our own patch. But, within that in the upland areas like the North east is, our issues are quite different to lowland livestock producers.”

Richard’s family have been at Quarry farm since the 1970s and they have around 70 suckler cows, 800 ewes and 200 lambs which are mainly wool shedder/cheviot cross.