Jan 12, 2014 -
Jan 13, 2014
Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
The conference will be held between Sunday 12 and Tuesday 14 January in the heart of Glasgow city centre at the 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel.
Speakers include the Secretary of State for Agriculture Owen Paterson; NFU President Peter Kendall; controversial industry commentator Ian Potter; agricultural legal expert William Neville from Burges Salmon; Dr Judith Bryans, who is the new chief executive of Dairy UK; Mike Sheldon, group procuremnt director of Dairy Crest and Hamish Renton, dairy marketing specialist.
Technical experts include vet Rob Smith, from Liverpool University; nutritionist Greg Bethard from the US, Philip Stansfield of the Cornish Cheese Company, Rob Hitch of Dodd & Co and dairy farmers Colin Laird and Philip Cooke. Dairy farmer and entrepreneur Michael King, who own the Kingspool herd of pedigree Holsteins on the outskirts of Bristol, and who operates a milk brokerage business too, will chair the conference.
As usual there will be an unrivalled mix of business and pleasure at the conference, with an informal Sunday evening gala buffet reception, plus the famous Semex Burns supper on the Monday evening. This will be hosted by the award winning "Wag of the Year" entertainer Sandy Strang.
"As ever there is a lot happening in this very dynamic industry of ours, and there will be lots to talk about and discuss on political, economic and technical levels," says Peter Arthur, marketing manager for Semex.
"The conference is the ideal time and place to hear about all of these issues and to chew the proverbial cud with speakers and fellow delegates - either formally in the conference or through informal networking. We look forward to welcoming conference regulars and newcomers in January."