The Countryside Care Scheme Appeals Committee has a number of volunteer members and new volunteers are welcomed. For details of the role, please contact 687304. A small fee is payable for travel and attendance at Stage 2 appeals. There are more details of the appeals process in Chapter 7 of the Farmers’ Handbook. Members are selected by DEFA to sit on a Stage 2 Committee hearing according to their expertise and the subject of the appeal.
Current members are:
- Mr RG Taggart of Upper Billown Farm
Mr Taggart is an experienced farmer with knowledge of the dairy, beef and cereal sectors. He has been actively involved with the Agricultural Marketing Society, the MNFU, the Agricultural Wages Board and the Industry Advisory Committee which worked with the Department to create the Countryside Care Scheme.
- Mrs C Kermode of Orrisdale Farm
Mrs Kermode both owns and tenants land and specialises in beef production (suckler herd and pedigree Limousins) plus sheep including pedigree Texels. Livestock are sold for meat and also as breeding animals. Carol was also a member of the Industry Advisory Committee.
- Mr R Kinrade of Ballaquine
Mr Kinrade farmed for over 50 years and has experience of legal work, serving as a Crown Officer for a number of years.
- Mr D Kermeen of Ballaterson
Mr Kermeen is Secretary of the Beef Producers Association and has taken a keen interest in the development of the Countryside Care Scheme. He produces lambs and finishes beef animals.
- Mr RH Kermeen of Ballacraine Farm
Mr Kermeen has been involved in Manx agriculture for many years and brings a wealth of practical experience to the Committee.