Northern South Island farmer director Kate Acland has been elected chair of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand board. Kate Acland, is B+LNZ’s first female chair in 100 years and was elected at the conclusion of BLNZ’s annual meeting in New Plymouth. Previous chair Andrew Morrison’s term as a BLNZ director concluded, following the election of Geoffrey Young as the new Southern South Island farmer director. Acland says she’s humbled to be appointed chair with New Zealand farming’s great history of innovating and adaptation, but she says right now farming is tough, and farmers are facing unprecedented challenges and change. Kate Acland noted outgoing Chair Andrew Morrisons mana leadership and significant service to the industry over the past nine years. There was a standing ovation at the end of his farewell speech.