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How Producer Group works

Producer Group is the policy-making powerhouse of the English pig industry.

It meets five times a year.

The meetings — which are never dull — are held in London either at the Farmers Club in Westminster, or nearby at the Mothers' Union headquarters.

Meetings are usually from 10.30pm to 3pm.

It is necessary to read some paperwork beforehand, and to take soundings from local producers, particularly on contentious issues.

Lunch is included and members are paid travelling expenses.


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Oct-Nov 2017 Hustings at NPA regional meetings
October 2, 2017 Nominations open
January 8, 2018 Nominations close
January 22, 2018 On-line voting opens
Early February 2018 Candidates published in Pig World
February 5, 2018 Postal ballot for members who have not already voted on-line
February 23, 2018 Polls close
March 2018 Results published on-line and in Pig World


How Allied Industry Group works

Pig industry allied trades and professions can ensure maximum value from NPA by contributing directly to the Allied Industry Group.

Elected members meet every other month, usually at Stoneleigh. Meetings are always informative, and NPA staff welcome the specialist knowledge allied industry members bring to the table, for instance involving pharmaceutical, marketing, feed and veterinary matters.

Allied industry recommendations are always treated with respect by NPA Producer Group members when formulating industry policy on key issues. Allied industry members are also a key information conduit between NPA and the farm-gate.

RegionsNPA producer regions

There are 12 elected members on Producer Group, from five regions:

  • North
  • Midlands
  • East
  • South Central
  • South West

Each region has one guaranteed place on Producer Group, and a maximum of four places. These rules ensure each region is represented, that no region is over-represented, and that producers have the opportunity to vote not only for local candidates but also for candidates who will best represent their production system.

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