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Re: Have corporate parasites taken over First Milk


From talking to our region director Tom Campbell the impression I get is there job is no way a two day a week job, maybe it was a long time ago in Scotish Milk days but since then we have merged with another co-op and now we are one of the largest cheese producers in the uk. I dont know Sherlaw but Campbell is enthuiastic, plain talking,very approachable. A top man for the job. His mobile phone is never switched off, think how that phone rings from psd off farmers. I bet u some days it'll never stop ringing and how are you meant to work, in this job, with that???? 35k after tax will pay for a dairyman so they can do their job full time. And whats left from paying the dairymen wont really leave that much left for the directors. Go to your regional meetings and you'll find that out.
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 I spoke to Tom Campbell at Agri Scot and to say he was unhappy with my comments would be an understatement, but after a heated discussion he explained that the job means being away from home sometimes more than 3 days a week and he needed to employ a man to replace him which I accept, but I feel there is a problem when a decision is made to increase their remuneration in early spring and we dont find out until september,there were also 10 rule changes rushed through an extra ordinary AGM in May with no explanation , if these directors want to be paid top dollar they will have to communicate with the members and keep us in the picture, much of the resentment about their remuneration is down to lack of information and trust.
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What does anybody think of the 10 minute short film of the AGM and pre-meeting dinner. There is a link on the potter quota news page.
 Sorry I am not good enough on this to put the link on here.
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 First Milk appoint a new main board director on friday. I hope it is a practical dairy farmer who prefers a boilersuit to the pinstripe suit we need someone with common sense not a whiz kid with big ideas.
 We need a real farmer/director a producers man. Anybody any ideas?
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We have a board made up of mainly farmers and it makes not ! damn bit of difference, most of them own shares in the co-op and their share dividend more than outweighs any milk price cuts we have, so much so that we are always at the bottom of the milk price league here in Ireland. The farmers journal used to put us in division 4, but now they have started a relegation zone, it might be comical if it wasn't peoples livelihoods at stake!!

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Re: Have corporate parasites taken over First Milk


McKeague, please excuse my ignorance of the way the co-ops work over the water, but if the performance is SO bad, why not vote with your feet & sign elsewhere? If you agree with the co-op principle, is there not another co-op?

Campbeltowncowboy, I agree that you need board members that understand "grass roots" farming, but they also need an understanding of how business works in the big, wide world too. A vociferous bloke in a sh*tty boilersuit is not necessarily the best candidate, IMO.

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Charryman, we have thought of this but because of our location in the country finding another co-op to supply has become difficult, some suppliers in our region have spoken to another co-op that has promised to get back to thewm with an answer but that was over a year ago. The transport costs are a problem.

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 Charryman:- My comment about the boilersuit was a dig at one of the current board members who has just taken on another post(vice chairman of Dairy Co) he is also chairman of NDFAS and he has something to do with the little red tractor, I dont want a new director who is just in it for the renumeration on as many different boards as possible, I would like someone who is fully committed to First Milk and their own business,IMO being a Director of First Milk and running a farm is more than enough, any more commitments and something suffers.
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 Any body going to the AGM or the dinner and conference before the AGM.
 Would like to know if any producers are going to travel to Pembrokeshire from outside Wales!!
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