Newport farmer John T Moran has been appointed new vice President of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association following the organisations national AGM on Thursday 6th June. The event which was held in Sligo and sponsored by Nutrias animal feeds was addressed by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed who informed the attendance of over 100 National delegates of upcoming challenges around Brexit, CAP and Climate Change.
John has been an active member of the organisation since its establishment in 2015 holding the post of Mayo County Chair from 2015 to 2017 before his election as the Counties National Council Representative in November 2017.
As a hill sheep farmer with a small suckler herd he sees the next two years as make or break for many farmers. The CAP reform, Brexit and possible measures resulting from the Governments Climate Change and Biodiversity emergency announcement will he stated “lead to significant changes in farming practices in the coming years. For this reason he added “the role of the INHFA is vital as we need to ensure that the many farmers whose interests we represent are protected and where possible enhanced.”
John’s term as vice President will run until June 2021 and during the next year he will be joined on National Council by another Mayo man Michéal McDonnell a native of Erriff who was returned as the organisations National Secretary.