NFUSNational Farmers Union of Scotland
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In 2018, two NFUS secretaries - Elaine Robertson in Keith and Vicky Carmichael in Duns - will have been in post for 25 years while Kenny Slater in Orkney and Susan Lamont in Tiree have been NFUS secretaries for 20 years.
The NFUS, we see very much as being the lobbying arm of the farming community.
An NFUS spokesman said: "It was a robust debate with quite a lot of interventions from the floor.
The difference between profit and loss for dairy farmers in this country is a small fraction of the overall margin on milk and dairy products, which could easily be afforded" Chairman NFUS Jimmy Mitchell said: "We believe strongly that the future of the British dairy industry depends on an effective supply chain which ensures fair returns for all parts of that chain.
The public silence amongst supermarkets' suppliers speaks volumes," said NFUS President John Kinnaird.
Discussing wide ranging issues from CAP through to abattoir charges, representatives from the IFA, UFU, NFUS, NFU Cymru and the NFU were unanimous that the current downward spiral of farm gate prices is causing serious damage to farmers' confidence.
Tension between dairy farmers, processors and retailers reached a new high last week when Dairy Farmers of Scotland and NFUS held protests and called for a date to be set for a Milk Summit to address issues facing producers.
David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale will be joined by NFUS president Andrew McCornick in a special Question Time-styled event at SRUC's Barony Campus on Thursday, January 18.
However, with EU milk quotas due to end in 2015, NFUS milk committee chairman Gary Mitchell said Scottish farmers wanted to be part of a rising global demand for milk and dairy products.
But the dairy coalition, comprising of NFU Cymru, the NFU, NFUS, FFA, RABDF, TFA and the WFU say it is not enough to save the industry.
NFUS Milk Committee chairman Jimmy Mitchell claimed that poor labelling was allowing cheap imported cheese to appear on shelves marked as 'value' and 'packed in the UK', undermining UK processors' attempts to add value by creating cheese brands.
James Wither, of the NFUS, said: 'Farmers are up at the crack of dawn feeding their animals and if it is even darker then that presents a safety risk as well as making business just more difficult.