Stewart Houston is to chair the Red Tractor assurance scheme’s pig sector committee chair from January next year. He succeeds Mike Sheldon in the role. Both are former directors of the National Pig Association (NPA).

The part-time position can be held for up to two three-year terms. The chair is responsible for leading the development of the Red Tractor Assurance Pigs scheme and its standards.
As well as his NPA work, Mr Houston has chaired the British Pig Executive, and was an AHDB board member and non-executive board member of the Food Standards Agency. He is currently a non-executive member of Defra’s Animal Health and Welfare Board, which advises ministers on the delivery of animal health and welfare policy – he is the board lead for the Livestock Information Service and EU animal health law.

“As the UK enters into this unprecedented period of uncertainty, there has never been a more important time for Red Tractor to demonstrate strong industry leadership in pigs, as the UK’s largest food assurance scheme,” states Red tractor chief executive Jim Moseley. “I’m confident that under Stewart’s stewardship we will continue to strengthen our position as a progressive and critical body within the food and drink industry.”

Mr Houston adds: “Britain’s high standards are the bedrock of our industry and we must continue to work to win the hearts and minds of government, consumers and the industry so that we don’t witness an influx of imported food produced to lower standards than are required of farmers in the UK.”