PRACTICAL, FACT FILLED – AND FREE
Probably the worlds largest farming conference opens its doors later this month at the Smithfield FarmTech Show in London. A top line-up of speakers has been organised to address topical farming issues in a programme of FARMERS WEEKLY farmer forums which will perfectly complement the shows technical and business themes
THERES no better way of making the best of your visit to this years Smithfield FarmTech than by attending one of more of the farmers weekly Farmer Forums.
A wealth of practical information, controversial opinion and practical guidance will be available free of charge to all showgoers. This year the forums have been tailored to complement the shows technical and business themes.
Theres something for everyone at this years event. Whether youre interested in making the most of your livestock enterprise or trimming arable costs while maximising quality output, theres a farmer forum designed for you.
The forums begin at 9.30am with a Breakfast Briefing sponsored by the NFU of England and Wales and presented by top Union officials. These briefings are designed to bring visitors up to date with key developments in Whitehall and Brussels that will have a direct bearing on the profitability of UK agriculture.
Those attending this session will be offered a light breakfast snack and coffee. At 10am you will have an opportunity to hear and question those responsible for shaping UK and European farming policy.
On Sunday morning the principal speaker will be Barclay Forrest. He is chairman of British Cereal Exports, a respected Berwickshire farmer, past vice-president of the Scottish NFU and a governor of the Scottish Crops Research Institute.
Speakers on Monday will include NFU President Sir David Naish, who is also president of the European farmers organisation, COPA. Joining him on Monday morning will be farm minister Douglas Hogg. On Tuesday, the key speaker will be the director general of COPA Daniel Gueguen.
On each day the key speakers will be complemented by a panel of experts. Those include Bill Hall and Chris Bouchier from ADAS and well-known farmers Robert Lawton from Wiltshire, Poul Christensen from Oxfordshire, and the chairman of the Velcourt Group, Robin Malim, from Herefordshire. On Tuesday the panel will be joined by business consultant Ian Youden of Brown & Company.
At 11am the focus switches to more practical farming matters when a range of speakers will examine the opportunities and constraints facing UK agriculture. The expert panel will include a representative from supermarket Tesco who will outline new market opportunities for UK farm produce.
Also speaking each day will be Robin Hobson of business consultants Laurence Gould. He will be joined by David Bolton of Andersons, Simon Mountjoy of Brown & Co and from land agents Savills Peter Start and Robert Dalgliesh.
The mid-day Forum highlights how the latest technology will help farmers to maximise quality output while containing costs. Topics covered will include global positioning systems; electronic monitoring of livestock and data management systems.
Afternoon Forums include sessions on beef at 2pm and sheep production at 3.15pm. In a unique development those will be linked to a joint session on meat marketing, starting at 2.45pm. That will cover exciting developments in retailing offering new prospects for both beef and lamb producers alike.
Speakers from Tesco will explain consumers needs and suggest how best to tailor your production to meet their requirements.
The marketing theme continues at 4pm when the focus turns to arable. This down-to-earth session will allow you to quiz executives from British Cereal Exports and grain buyers from Dalgety Agriculture and Spillers Milling.
On Tuesday at 5pm there will be a topical debate on the agricultural implications of the Budget. That session will start immediately after the Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered his budget speech. Panelists include Brian Montgomery of NatWest Bank, John Malcolm of the NFU, accountant William Raymond of Grant Thornton, David Bolton of Andersons, Jim Ward of Savills and machinery expert Geoff Burgess.
Admission to Forums is free to all showgoers.
Smithfield FarmTech Farmer Forums are sponsored by ADAS, Dalgety Agriculture, farmers weekly, Farmplan Computer Systems and National Westminster Bank.
Smithfield FarmTech Forums programme
Sun, Nov 26Mon, Nov 27Tue, Nov 28
0930-1000NFU breakfast briefingNFU breakfast briefingNFU breakfast briefing
Informal briefing/discussion with IanInformal briefing/discussion with with IanInformal briefing/discussion with John
Gardiner, NFUGardiner, NFUMalcolm, NFU
1000-1100Farming outlookFarming outlookFarming outlook
Chair: Brian Montgomery, NatWestChair: Brian Montgomery, NatWest Chair: Brian Montgomery, NatWest
Barclay Forrest, British Cereal ExportsSir David Naish, COPA, NFU Daniel Guéguen, COPA
Robert Lawton, farmerDouglas Hogg, Minister of Agriculture, FisheriesChris Bouchier, ADAS
Bill Hall, head of business consultancy, ADASand FoodRobin Malim, Velcourt
Poul Christensen, farmer, MAFF CAP PolicyIan Youden, Brown & Co
Chris Bouchier, head of agricultural
1100-1200Farming opportunities and constraintsFarming opportunities and constraintsFarming opportunities and constraints
Chair: Graham Biss, NatWestChair: Graham Biss, NatWestChair: Graham Biss, NatWest
Andy Batty, Tesco StoresColin Mills, Tesco StoresStan Burns, Tesco Stores
Robin Hobson, Laurence GouldRobin Hobson, Laurence GouldRobin Hobson, Laurence Gould
Simon Mountjoy, Brown & CoPeter Start and Robert Dalgleish, SavillsDavid Bolton, Andersons
1200-1300Farm information managementFarm information managementFarm information management
Chair & scene setting: Dr Paul Biscoe, SilsoeChair & scene setting: Dr Paul Biscoe, SilsoeChair & scene setting: Dr Paul Biscoe, Silsoe
Research InstituteResearch InstituteResearch Institute
Global positioning: Richard Danby, RDSGlobal positioning: Nigel Brown RDSGlobal positioning: Peter Nelson, RDS
Future tech now: Neil Unitt, FarmplanFuture tech now: Neil Unitt, FarmplanFuture tech now: Neil Unitt, Farmplan
Livestock tracing: Rowland Kershaw-Dalby,Livestock tracing: Rowland Kershaw-Dalby,Livestock tracing: Rowland Kershaw-Dalby,
National Cattle Breeders AssociationNational Cattle Breeders AssociationNational Cattle Breeders Association
1400-1445Making more from beefMaking more from beefMaking more from beef
Chair: Bob Bansback, MLCChair: Bob Bansback, MLCChair: Bob Bansback, MLC
Chris Brown, MLCChris Brown, MLCChris Brown, MLC
Peter Lang, Limousin breederRichard Fuller, Charolais breederDouglas Scott, South Devon breeder
1445-1515Meat marketing opportunitiesMeat marketing opportunitiesMeat marketing opportunities
Chair: Roger Moore, Royal Smithfield ClubChair: Roger Moore, Royal Smithfield ClubChair: Roger Moore, Royal Smithfield Club
Andy Batty, Tesco StoresColin Mills, Tesco Stores Stan Burns, Tesco Stores
1515-1600Making more from lambMaking more from lambMaking more from lamb
Chair: Peter Beswick, NatWest BankChair: Peter Beswick, NatWest BankChair: Peter Beswick, NatWest Bank
Stuart Hall, MLCStuart Hall, MLCStuart Hall, MLC
Carroll Barber, Charolais breederPeter Johnson, Texel breederPeter Blanchard, Suffolk Sire Reference
1600-1700New market factors for grainNew market factors for grainNew market factors for grain
Chair: Jim Reed, director general of UKASTAChair: Tony Williams, HGCAChair: Frank Oldfield, Raynham Farm Dr Alan Almond, BCEDr Alan Almond, BCECompany
Trevor Harriman, Dalgety GrainAndrew Barnard, Dalgety AgricultureDr Alan Almond, BCE
Alan Bide, Assoc of Independent CropAlan Bide, Assoc of Independent CropGary Hutchings, Dalgety Agriculture
ConsultantsConsultantsDavid Hodgson, Spillers Milling
Chair: Stephen Howe, farmers weekly
Brian Montgomery, NatWest Bank
John Malcolm, NFU
David Bolton, Andersons
William Raymond, Grant Thornton
Jim Ward, Savills
Forum Sponsors: ADAS, Dalgety Agriculture, farmers weekly, Farmplan Computer Systems, NatWest Bank.
Giving an up to date business perspective on farming developments at this years Farmer Forums are: (left to right) Barclay Forrest, chairman of British Cereal Exports, Ian Youden, Brown &Co, Robin Malim, chairman of Velcourt Group, Bill Hall, head of business consultancy, ADAS.
Morning forum session speakers also include (left to right) agriculture minister Douglas Hogg, COPA president and NFU president Sir David Naish, Wilts farmer and former Farmer of the Year Robert Lawton and Daniel Gueguen, director of COPA, the European farmers organisation.
Geoff Burgess will be one of a panel commenting on the 1995 Budget.
The free-to-enter FARMERS WEEKLY Farmer Forums have developed into one of the worlds largest farming conferences over the last few years.