First Milk Appoints Vice Chairman

Following a Board election, Robert Shearlaw has been appointed vice-chairman of First Milk for a three-year term and will commence this role on 1 June 2008.

Richard Greenhalgh, chairman of First Milk, commented:

"Following Board discussions over the last few months and consultation with our local representative population, we decided that the business would benefit from creating a role of vice-chairman.

"This person will actively champion First Milk's vision and objectives throughout the supply chain. While there will clearly be a member-facing element to this role, we have also had requests from our retailer customers for senior farmer input to help them understand the dairy industry and play a role in developing stronger relationships.

"I congratulate Robert on his appointment and wish him well in this new role."

About Robert Shearlaw

A First Milk director since April 2003, Robert runs a 400-acre mixed farm in South Ayrshire, with 180 cows producing 1.5 million litres per year, as well as other livestock and cereals. He is First Milk's local representative for South Ayrshire and was previously convenor of NFU Scotland's Milk Committee.

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