Seminar Timetable



9am Food, Farming and Finance
Chairman: Neil Shand

Sir Mark Spencer MP, Minister of State for Food, Farming and Fisheries

Daniel Zeichner MP, Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Tim Farron MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Prys Morgan, Livestock Procurement Director, Kepak

10.30am Farmers Weekly State of the Industry Survey
Chairman: Andrew Meredith

John Powell, Head of Agriculture Sectors Team.

Meleri Griffith, Ireland and UK Growth manager, Herdwatch

Sarah Haire, Head of Agriculture, Dunbia

Tom Spears, Field Representative, KW Feeds

Stuart Duff, Field Representative, KW Feeds

Ben Harman, Beef Farmer and Vice Chair of the NBA

12pm Building Bridges from Farm Gate to Basket
Chairman: Alice Swift

Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture and Fisheries, M & S Food

Chris Brown, Senior Director Sustainable Supply Chain, Asda

Joseph Keating, Senior Agriculture Manager, Co-op

Nick Rose, Buying Director, Aldi

Laurie Ibbotson, Commercial Director, Dovecote Park

2pm Sucklers Without Subsidy
Chairman: Amy Hughes

Claire Beaumont, Beef farmer, Gowbarrow Hall Farm, Cumbria

Ruari Martin, Beef farmer, Castletown Estates, Cumbria

Andrew Robinson, Armstrong Watson, Northern England.


In a world without Basic Payment Scheme, is there a place within a financially sustainable farming business for suckler cattle, or are they just part of our land management toolkit?