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British Wool appoint new Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Jim Robertson, a sheep and cattle farmer from Dumfriesshire in Scotland has been elected as British Wool’s Chairman.

Jim farms over 1,700 acres of LFA in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, running a flock of 950 South Country Cheviots and 50 Texel’s, along with 100 Galloway cows. Over the past few years, Jim has bought White bred Shorthorn bulls and also sells both blue grey and Galloway heifers and steers. Jim breeds his own female replacements, both sheep and cattle, then sells his pedigree Cheviot Rams at the annual SCC sale in October.  Jim is also an active member of his local farming community.

Commenting on his appointment, Jim said: “I’m delighted to be elected as Chairman. The current Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented and a challenging time for us all.  British Wool has implemented a Covid-19 response plan to ensure we continue to operate effectively but in a safe manner.  Wool producers can be assured that I, as Chairman, with the support of my fellow board members will represent your best interests and despite the short term challenges posed by Covid-19, by working together we will come out of this stronger.  Our long term focus remains, as is always the case, to maximize the returns you receive from your wool.”

Before being appointed as British Wool’s Chairman, Jim was elected as regional board member for the Scottish Southern region in 2017 and Vice-Chairman in 2018.

Richard Cottrill, a landowner and tenant sheep farmer from Derbyshire becomes Vice-Chairman.

Richard, along with his family, has farmed the Derbyshire Peak District all his life, running 2,000 plus ewes and 60 suckler cows over approximately 7,500 acres. As a traditional farmer, he is passionate about and committed to the industry.

Richard said:  “It’s more important than ever that we as an industry work together in supporting the long term future of the sheep sector in the UK.  British Wool performs an important role by providing a valuable service to all producers with our UK network of depots and collection sites as well as supporting the next generation through our shearing training programme and New Entrant Scheme.” 

Richard was elected English Central regional board member in 2015 and previous to that, was a member of the English Central regional committee including being regional chairman for 6 years.

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