RABDF Policy Conference

One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, SW1H 9JJ

Tuesday 5 November 2019


This will be the third conference taking place and the day is aimed at informing the industry and its decision makers on the latest topics, information and policy affecting the sector.  The speaker programme will cover topics that are currently relevant to, and affecting the sector, such as future environmental regulation, the Clean Air Strategy, economic challenges and opportunities, consumer perceptions and genomics.

Whilst there will be some stand-alone speakers, the majority of sessions will see two or three speakers discuss the topic from different perspectives, in some cases focusing on what we can learn from other sectors. After each of these there will be a Q&A panel session with the relevant speakers answering questions from the floor.


10:30  Start - official open from chair

10:35   Overview of current Defra priorities including farming policy, productivity, innovation and research and development - Tim Mordan, Deputy Director, Defra

The future economy

11:05   Industry response to future challenges and the role of the Food and Drink Sector Council – Iain Ferguson, Co-chair of Food and Drink Sector Council

11:35   Economic success factors on UK dairy farms - Edward Lott, Kite Consulting

11:55   Economic success factors on global dairy farms - Brendan Horan, Moore Park

12:15   Q&A panel session with the above economy speakers

12:30 Lunch and networking

Are we delivering on Defra’s Clean Air Strategy?

13:30   What does the Clean Air Strategy mean for dairy farming? - Kate Morley, Policy Adviser on Climate Change and Agriculture, Defra

13:50   The practical aspects of Defra’s Clean Air Strategy proposals – David Ball, AHDB Dairy

14:10  What is being done to lower emissions in other sectors and can it be adapted into the dairy industry? - David Alvis, Elsham Linc

14:30 Q&A panel session with the above speakers on emission reduction

Consumer focus

14:45 The latest consumer trends, challenges and opportunities - Rachel Cacioppo, Kantar World Panel   

15:05 How are dairy trends impacting consumer behaviour and what work is the industry doing to transform the image of dairy products - Susie Stannard, Senior Consumer Insight Analyst, AHDB Dairy

15:25 ‘Every calf has a value’ - Arla Foods

15:35   Q&A panel session with the above consumer speakers

15:50 Closing remarks

16:00 Depart 

*Please note that the programme/speakers may be subject to change.

Ticket prices*

Supply trade  £150

Corporate Members  - 2 free tickets, additional tickets £112 .  Please email victoriaingram@rabdf.co.uk to take up this offer

Farmers  £50

RABDF Members £38

* Early bird discount available on all tickets until 2 September 2019

*Booking fees apply

Sponsorship packages

If you are interested in sponsoring the event please contact victoriaingram@rabdf.co.uk or call 02476 639317.