Top industry experts lined-up for Winter Stock Festival

Top industry experts lined-up for Winter Stock Festival

East of England Winter Stock Festival has announced an excellent line-up of seminars for its 2017 event, with top industry experts scheduled to deliver the latest thinking in the agricultural sector.

Taking place on 1 and 2 December at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, the seminar programme reflects the events key focus of helping producers respond to the upcoming challenges in British agriculture, explains festival director, William Haire.

“With uncertainty hanging over the industry, collaboration is more important than ever, and we hope to unite the livestock and ancillary industries at this year’s festival,” says William.

Alongside the chance to see some of the best cattle, sheep and pigs in the country, visitors will have the opportunity to gain valuable information on the latest technologies and developments in agriculture, through seminars, demonstrations and trade stands.

Commenting on the line-up, William Haire says the seminar programme includes top speakers from AHDB and Dawn Meats Group. “Dr Liz Genever, AHDB senior beef and sheep scientist will be discussing the opportunities and benefits of livestock within an arable rotation.

“We’ll also be joined by Steve West, AHDB knowledge exchange manager for the South, to discuss the progress of the BVD free England campaign, and the steps that producers can take to help eradicate this costly disease,” he adds.

Using technical efficiencies and best practice to create a sustainable suckler herd will be the focus of Dawn Meats Group agriculture manager, Sarah Haire’s talk. “Sarah will be discussing the Newford suckler demonstration herd. A fully commercial farm, run in partnership with Teagasc, the Irish Farmer Journal and McDonalds, the herd has been set up to show how utilising technology and challenging traditional farming practices can ensure that the family suckler farm is viable,” says William.

The 2017 festival will also see the return of the highly successful careers in agriculture workshop, which will give graduates and young people the chance to discuss career options with representatives from leading agricultural companies. “We can all learn from each other for a stronger British agriculture and during this period of uncertainty, working together is vital to ensure we’re fully prepared. The Winter Stock Festival is an excellent platform for all sectors of the industry to collaborate and I very much look forward to welcoming faces old and new, to this year’s event,” he concludes.

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