First Milk Appoints Farmer Director

Welsh Farmer Richard Twose has been elected to the Board of First Milk as Farmer Director.

Richard was elected by his fellow farmer representatives on 4 November and he will serve for a 3 year term.

The newly appointed Board member, farms in West Carmarthenshire near Whitlind in a family partnership where the family milk 400 pedigree cows on 500 acres. Richard has been a First Milk Local Representative since 2001, representing farmer members in the North Carmarthenshire area. He is also past secretary and chairman of the South Wales Holstein Club.

Richard Greenhalgh, Chairman of First Milk commented:"Following an election by our local representative group, Richard Twose will join the Board as Farmer Director. Richard will have responsibility for representing the interests of our farmer members and play an active role in reshaping the business in response to challenging market conditions to ensure that First Milk is well positioned to capitalise on potential market opportunities".

Richard replaces former Farmer Director Richard Davis who had previously served on the Board for seven years. Chairman Richard Greenhalgh said: "On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Richard for his significant contribution to the strategic direction of the business over the last seven years".

Notes to editors
First Milk is the largest dairy farmer co-operative in the UK. Its members' farms stretch from Central Scotland to the South of England, and from West Wales to East Anglia. The business has three divisions: Milk Operations; Cheese; and Ingredients. Milk Operations handles approximately 1.8 billion litres of milk per annum from around 2600 producers. This milk is supplied to First Milk's cheese business and to many of the leading names in the industry. The First Milk Cheese Company is the largest UK-based cheese supplier. First Milk's Ingredients business supplies a range of customers with milk powder and whey products for functional foods, protein drinks, pro-biotics, pre-biotics, pharmaceutical, bakery and confectionery products.

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