The new Melplash Agricultural Society President for 2015 is Richard Campbell OBE. Richard was a pig farmer at Beerland Farm, Whitchurch for 25 years and for a period at North Dibberford Farm, Mosterton. Richard and his wife, Pippin, now live in Evershot. He was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2007 for his services to the pig industry. He had been involved with the NFU on the National Pig Committee for years, was the Chairman of the Assured British Pigs scheme, which aims to maintain the quality of British Pork, was Chairman of a Farmer’s co-operative (Dorset Quality Pigs) and was the first Chairman of The British Pig Executive, BPEX.
Richard was elected as President at the Melplash Agricultural Society’s Annual General Meeting where he received his chain of office from the 2014 President, Helen Carless.
“It is a great honour and privilege to be invited to be President of the Melplash Agricultural Society. The Society has a long successful history in supporting local farming and still keeps agriculture very much at its core. Protecting the future of farming in the area is crucial. I look forward to taking an active role in this year’s Agriculture Show in August and the annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match in September, both events give farmers a chance to demonstrate their expertise and show their pride in their crafts to their peers and the general public. I’m very keen to see young people in the area coming into the industry that has been my life and for them to see how very rewarding it can be as a career. During the year I hope to help increase the awareness of the Bursary scheme that the Society offers and the opportunities for youngster to find out more about farming through the new education initiative. ” Said Richard Campbell