Fred is new NFU county chief

Handover ceremony: Fred Ollerton (centre right) accepts the NFU Lancashire chain of office from outgoing chairman Graham Young (centre left), accompanied by Fred's wife Denise (right) and Graham's wife Janet (left).
Handover ceremony: Fred Ollerton (centre right) accepts the NFU Lancashire chain of office from outgoing chairman Graham Young (centre left), accompanied by Fred's wife Denise (right) and Graham's wife Janet (left).

Arable farmer Fred Ollerton is the new NFU Lancashire county chairman, succeeding dairy farmer Graham Young, of Greenhurst Farm, Samlesbury.

Potatoes, cereals, oil seed rape, fodder beet and grass are all grown on Fred Ollerton’s 1,800 acre Home Farm at Standish, near Wigan. The family have been at the site since 1970 when they moved from nearby Cross Farm.

Fred has agreed to be NFU Lancashire county chairman for one year and is prepared to lead the county’s farmers at a time when his son, Antony, and nephews, Christopher and Robert, are getting more actively involved in the business he shares with his brother, George.

Married to Denise, Fred also has a daughter, Catherine, who works in a firm of solicitors and is engaged to be married to Heath Charnock-based dairy farmer Tom Riley.

The farm has always been in NFU membership and Fred is a dedicated supporter of the Young Farmers Club organisation. He was YFC Lancashire county chairman in 1982-83 and YFC Lancashire president from 2003 to 2006 and then the YFC’s northern area president in 2006-07.

Fred said: “I am flattered and honoured to have been approached to be the NFU Lancashire county chairman. I’ve always wanted to be county chairman, so couldn’t pass up this opportunity because I’m sure I wouldn’t get this chance a second time.

“I’m a strong supporter of YFC and I’m passionate about young people coming into agriculture and being given a chance to flourish. After all they are our future.”

Fred certainly practises what he preaches as he and his brother are giving Antony, Christopher and Robert more freedom to drive the business forward.

Fred added: “Farmers and growers in all sectors have increased costs to bear at the present time and during my time as county chairman I will be working hard for a fairer margin for each sector.”

NFU members can contact Fred via email at fred@ollertonfarming.com or via his mobile on 07836 565481.