“Sustainable intensification – a question of balance” is the theme of this year’s Egg and Poultry Industry Conference (EPIC) which will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport, south Wales on 2 and 3 November.

A number of top speakers have already been booked, including Defra secretary Owen Paterson, BEIC chairman Andrew Joret (pictured), Elanco director George Tice and well-known economist and consultant Sean Rickard. Following last year’s success, Paul Kelly of Kelly Turkeys will chair the event once more.

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“The term ‘sustainable intensification’ was originally coined by the Royal Society and its objectives are both legitimate and timely,” said organising committee chairman John Cessford. “The objective is to increase food production from existing farmland while minimising pressures on the environment. It is about farming in ways that emphasise resource efficiency and harness the best of traditional and modern knowledge.”

Speakers at EPIC 2014 have been asked to address these issues.

Registration for the 48th EPIC at Celtic Manor is now open using the main conference website

This year the website has been enhanced to allow the user to make their conference bookings, then return at a later date to make any additions or amendments.

Commenting on the new conference venue, the Celtic Manor, Mr Cessford said it was “the most outstanding venue I have attended”.

“It is a stunning, modern facility and will, we hope, impress all our delegates. So please come and support EPIC 2014 and experience the ‘wow factor’ for yourselves.”