“The lad doing the work, toiling daily, lambing ewes, calving cows, dropping the kids to school and collecting them, that’s who I always have in my mind when I’m representing farmers,” said IFA presidential candidate Henry Burns. “I wear my heart on my sleeve a little, but that’s what conjures up the passion I have for bettering the lives of farmers.”
Henry Burns is indeed an open book. A big, affable, ball of energy, he has chaired two committees over the last decade – the sheep committee and now the more high-profile livestock committee. Does he bear some culpability for the scandals that have so damaged the organisation?