RABDF Annual Dairy Business & Policy Conference

14th November 2018

View presentations from this year’s conference below:

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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.

Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Ticket prices*

Supply trade  £150

Corporate Members  - 1 free ticket, additional tickets £112 .  Please email victoriachomiak@rabdf.co.uk to request your free ticket

Farmers  £50

RABDF Members £38

* Booking fees apply

Sponsorship packages

We have a variety of sponsorship packages available which can be viewed below.  If you are interested in sponsoring the event please email victoriachomiak@rabdf.co.uk


10:00  Registration and networking breakfast

10:30   Welcome and opening address, Lord Curry of Kirkharle, RABDF President

10:40   Session TBC

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, Duncan Sinclair, Head of Agriculture, Waitrose

11:55   Brexit panel discussion with past Gold Cup winners Mike King, Neil Baker and Bill Higgins, chaired by Nick Green, Lye Cross Farm

12:30   Lunch and networking

13:15   Animal health and welfare update, Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer, Defra

13:35   An overview of the work carried out in the animal health sector to combat AMR in the UK, Fraser Broadfoot, Veterinary Medicines Directorate

13:50   Dairy Cow Welfare Strategy, Jenny Gibbons, AHDB

14:05   Livestock Information Programme, Simon Hall, Defra

14:30   Coffee break and networking

14:50   Youth and development in the dairy industry, Tony Evans, The Andersons Centre

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.