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Two Appointed To Federated Farmers' Board

27 July 2005

Two Appointed To Federated Farmers' Board

Bruce McNab from North Otago and Hugh Ritchie from Hawke's Bay have been elected to the national board of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc).

The two were elected on the second day of the farming organisation's two-day annual conference in Hamilton (July 26-27).

The final make-up of the 2005/6 board is: Charlie Pedersen (President); Don Nicolson (Vice President); Andrew Gillanders (chairman, Grains Council of New Zealand); Ian Corney (chairman, New Zealand Meat and Fibre Producers); Frank Brenmuhl (chairman, Dairy Farmers of New Zealand); Bruce McNab and Hugh Ritchie.

Apart from the president and vice-president, the national board comprises three representatives of farming industry groups, and two general appointments elected from the floor by the federation's 42-member National Council.

Bruce McNab is currently president of North Otago province. His involvement in farmer politics started in 1982 as South Otago delegate on the Meat and Wool Board electoral committee. In 1989-90 he was chairman of the Otago meat and wool section of Federated Farmers, and spent three years on the national executive of the predecessor to the New Zealand Meat and Fibre Producers, the federation's meat and wool industry group.

A Nuffield Scholar in 1991, Bruce wrote a report on the future for New Zealand sheep meats in Europe. In 2002-4 he was chair of the NZMFP section of Otago Federated Farmers. He farms a 1075 ha mainly beef unit west of Oamaru. Married to Fay, Bruce has two adult sons. He has been on the Otago Regional Animal Health Committee and its predecessor for a combined seven years.

Hugh Ritchie has been a national board member since 2002 (through his position as chairman of the Grains Council, the federation's arable industry group). Hugh has a Bachelor of Agriculture from Massey University and was a Nuffield Scholar in 2000. He farms at Otane in the Hawke's Bay. The family farm 1700ha in five properties and grow 700 ha of cereal and vegetable crops, and breed and finishes livestock. Hugh is married to Sharon, and they have one son.


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