Trading standards expert joins Dorchester Agricultural Society Board of Directors

One of Dorset’s leading trading standards experts has joined the Dorchester Agricultural Society Management Board.

Neil Martin, who has worked with Dorset County Council’s trading standards service for more than 25 years, has joined the Board this month.

Mr Martin has managed the County Council’s Animal Health and Welfare team for the past eight years, ensuring welfare standards for farmed animals are met.

His team is responsible for disease control measures to reduce the risk from notifiable animal diseases such as foot and mouth, blue tongue and rabies.

As part of his role, Mr Martin works closely with many organisations across the farming community, including the National Farmers’ Union, Farm Community Network, RSPCA and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Animal and Plant Health Agency.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Martin said he was delighted to be involved: “Having visited the Dorset County Show since childhood and more recently been involved in stewarding, I have seen the Show grow but still maintain the welcoming friendly feel that makes it such a good event.

“This is down to the hard work and professionalism of all those involved in the Show, the vast majority of whom are volunteers.

“I have a lot to learn but in time I hope to be able to help the Society to continue to develop and expand the County Show.”

Richard Cuzens, Dorset County Show Secretary, said he was delighted with Mr Martin’s appointment, saying he will add real value to the Board.

“Neil’s expertise across the fields of animal health and welfare will be very beneficial to the Society and we are also pleased to be forging closer links with the County Council,” he said.

Dorset County Council has recently installed a new disabled friendly gate and hand rail at Grey’s Bridge – one of the main entries into the showground.

Rebecca Cox
8th Aug 2016 11:09:00

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