At this year's conference we will be joined by a range of speakers including farmers, researchers and industry specialists to provide expertise from across the red meat supply chain.
Throughout the day the event will focus on sustainable livestock production, as well as looking at the future of farming.
Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the latest thinking with experts from across the red meat supply chain.
To find out more and to book your space, contact the NFU North West Regional Office on 01695 554900 or email [email protected]
Everyone is welcome to attend, but for catering purposes booking is essential. Please also advise on any dietary requirements.
Timings of the day
NFU Deputy President Tom Bradshaw
Tim Farron - MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
Demonstrating sustainability within the supply chain:
Alice Liddle: Agriculture Specialist, Morrisons
Carrie McDermid, Head of Marketing AHDB
Andrew Loftus NFU
Chair: NFU North West Livestock Board Chairman John Longmire
Introduction to afternoon session
Colin Bateman AHDB Beef and Lamb Sector Chairman
Science and solutions
James McCaughern, Lecturer in Beef Systems, Harper Adams University
Phil Bicknell, Head of Business Development, CIEL
Looking to the future: How they are developing a sustainable future
Richard Findlay, NFU Livestock Board Chairman
Helen Dent, Independent Consultant
Mark Stott of Farm Gate Vets
Richard Carruthers, AHDBN Strategic Farmer
Paul Coates, Morrisons supplier
Chair: Sam Charlton AHDB
Summary and close:
Colin Bateman AHDB Beef and Lamb Sector Chairman
Meet the speakers
NFU Deputy President
The home farm is based around arable production but has also diversified into equestrian and renewables.
Tom has represented the NFU from Local Branch Chairman through to Chair of the National Combinable Crops Board.
- Animal health and welfare including bTB
- Climate change and net zero
- Water and air issues
- Clean air strategy
- Workforce supply and training
- Farm assurance and labelling
- Food safety
- Animal ID and movements
Morrisons Agriculture Specialist
After a brief spell with Cranswick Country Foods, Alice moved back into Morrisons in December 2022 to work as the Agriculture Specialist for the whole Morrisons business. When not at work, Alice is a Council Member for the Yorkshire Agriculture Society, Vice Chair of the Masham Sheep Breeders Association and a fourth generation livestock farmer, through Liddle Lambs.
Dr James McCaughern
Beef Production systems lecturer | Harper Adams University
His research interests involve dairy and beef cattle, with a focus on feed efficiency, protein, and trace element nutrition. During the February conference, James will discuss the potential implications of sustainability for United Kingdom livestock farmers.
Mixed practitioner at Highgate Veterinary Clinic
Mark enjoys all aspects of farm animal practice but has a speciality in cow and bull fertility having obtained a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from Liverpool University in 2001.
Richard has 900 ewes with a further 200 ewe lambs that are off farm nearly 12 months as a ewe replacement policy, and a 40 suckler cow herd with 30 to 40 bought in growing stores, along with a small livery system for 14 horses.
The farm is an 162ha upland unit with 84ha of this being improved land.
Head of Business Development, CIEL
Phil was also chief economist at the National Farmers’ Union, spearheading the evidence to support a range of lobbying activity. Phil’s other roles include specialising in agri-trade issues at the US Department of Agriculture and advising a range of agribusiness clients with Bidwells.
CIEL is a world-leading farm animal research alliance, helping to bring new technologies and processes to livestock food production within the UK and worldwide.
It provides leadership, support and a platform for a world class hub of collaborative expertise, tackling the issues that no one part of the livestock food production sector can address alone.
Acting as the broker for one of the world’s largest livestock science hubs, CIEL work with leading researchers and industry partners across the supply chain to identify challenges, potential solutions and routes to research and development (R&D) funding.
Working with their members, CIEL deliver and support a range of grant applications across the livestock sector, securing funding from a variety of sources for projects.
AHDB sector chair for beef and lamb
The farm is a mix of Heather hill and improved pasture, running 1,300 composite maternal sheep and a 40 head herd of Angus and Hereford cross cows.
There is also an integrated dairy beef system on the farm together with glamping pods and a photography business.
Independant Consultant, Midtown farm and NFU Next Generation Forum appointee, North West
She hails from an arable farm in north Cumbria and lives on a dairy farm near Penrith, Cumbria milking approximately 200 cows on a robotic system.
NFU Livestock Board appointee
Andrew was formerly Agriculture Manager at Wm Morrison Supermarkets, and has worked with numerous retailers and processors in his career as a consultant. He is currently a Director of SellmyLivestock, Graindex (UK) Ltd, and an independent board member of Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL).
NFU Livestock Board chair
He has 2000 acres of moorland in a HLS agreement and the farm is stocked with mainly Easycare ewes as well as pedigree flocks of Beltex and Suffolks.
He is director of the “7 Hill Farmers Ltd” producer group and has been NFU Livestock Board chair since March 2018.
Tim Farron MP
MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
He is currently the party’s spokesperson on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Tim is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming.
Tim lives in Milnthorpe with his wife Rosie, and their four children. In his limited spare time, Tim enjoys following the (mis)fortunes of Blackburn Rovers and fell running.