RABDF Annual Dairy Business & Policy Conference
14th November 2018
One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, SW1H 9JJ
Our second business and policy conference will set out to update and inform on the constraints and opportunities facing the UK dairy industry in a post-Brexit environment.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers are proud to bring together this excellent programme of speakers who have been tasked with sharing their thoughts, knowledge and inform delegates on market forces and key issues that will challenge the future of all dairy producing businesses profitability. The conference programme is split into three sessions; all designed to address critical industry issues:
Session one is designed to inform on the latest policy and its implications on UK dairy producers. The content in this session will consist of a ministerial address, academic and retailer interpretations of Brexit and its effects. Some of the UK’s most respected dairy farmers will discuss their outlook, possible opportunities and concerns for a post Brexit UK.
Session two will offer updates and latest guidance surrounding cattle welfare and how it affects dairy businesses. Delegates will have the opportunity to keep up-to-date with several key industry issues - animal health and welfare, reducing antibiotics, Dairy Cow Welfare Strategy and also learn more from DEFRA on plans surrounding the Livestock Information Programme and Electronic Identification.
Session three will address why the industry must be investing in getting more young people into dairying. 56% of dairy farmers currently employ workers from the EU, it is not resilient for us to continue to rely so heavily on overseas labour in the long term. Current reliance on EU labour would mean an almost catastrophic failure within the sector should short term access to overseas workers not be maintained. We need to drastically move towards a sustainable UK force work, for that we need to heighten the profile of the industry and make it more appealing for younger generations to access and operate in. Learn more about opportunities available to aspiring dairy producers and various success stories. Could their approach and methods influence your future business decisions?
Industry commentator Barry Wilson will deliver the inaugural Princess Royal Award winner’s lecture. Barry will explain his thoughts on the industry past, present and future, and will include his predictions for what might happen within the UK and globally.
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10:00 Registration and networking breakfast
10:30 Welcome and opening address, Lord Curry of Kirkharle, RABDF President
10:40 Ministerial address, George Eustice MP
11:05 Cows & Money - financial implications of Brexit for UK dairy farming, Rob Hitch, Dodd & Co Accountants
11:30 A retailer view on the potential implications of Brexit
11:55 Panel discussion on Brexit with Mike King, Chairman of RABDF, and winners of the Gold Cup competition
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:15 Animal health and welfare update, Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer
13:35 Reducing the use of antibiotics, an update from key industry personnel
13:50 Dairy Cow Welfare Strategy, Jenny Gibbons, AHDB
14:05 Livestock Information Programme, Simon Hall, Defra
14:35 Coffee break and networking
14:50 Youth and development in the dairy industry, Tony Evans, The Andersons Centre and participants of the Entrepreneurs in Dairying course
15:35 The 2017 Princess Royal Award Winner's lecture, Barry Wilson
16:00 Closing remarks, Lord Curry of Kirkharle
Please note that the programme/speakers may be subject to change.
Supply trade £150
Corporate Members - 1 free ticket, additional tickets £112 (maximum 3 per company). Please contact us to request your free ticket
RABDF Members £34
* Booking fees apply