‘Our breeding goals - Learn from the past to focus on the future’ is the theme for the 2021 BCBC Virtual Conference, as chosen by the BCBC Chairman Clive Brown
Little did we know that this year would be like no other and that we as a club would have to embrace both change and technology, and as such the BCBC committee made the decision to organise a ‘Virtual’ conference for 2021. We are excited by the new opportunities that a virtual conference provides by giving us access to speakers and a wider audience from around the world, allowing us to inspire even more cattle breeders.
We are delighted to announce our programme for January, with a fantastic mix of speakers from home and abroad, here our just a few of our keynote speakers....
We will visit a warmer climate and hear from three farmer speakers 'down under' with Jonathan Wright on feed efficiency testing, then hear about Steve Binnie's Wagyu beef business and the findings of Rebecca Burnham's Australian Nuffield Scholarship on optimising beef selection.
Professor Frank Mitloehner from the University of California will explain how by Rethinking Methane we can show how animal agriculture is on the path to climate neutrality and Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, also from the University of California, will update on genome editing approaches to augment cattle breeding programs.
Professor Albert De Vries from the University of Florida will explain his findings as to why extending the average number of lactations to five is worthwhile, and Ryan Starkenburg of ABS Global will look at building on past foundations to create the profitable cow of the future.
Closer to home we will look at the future trends and demands of the market place and the impact Covid-19 has had on these with AHDB's Steven Evans and Susie Stannard. Peter and Johnny Alvis of Lye Cross Farm, will give us an insight into how understanding your customers needs is key to a successful operation and Peter Hynes will focus on maximising genetic gain within his dairy herd in Co.Cork.
The conference finale will be the Live Q&A Panel Session in the evening ‘The next generation – do you dare to dream?’ Hear from and speak with three, young inspiring individuals, Ruari Martin, Harriet Wilson and Keith Gue who are leading the way in agriculture and are enthusiastic about the future of our industry. Feel free to send your questions through to the secretary in advance for what will be an inspiring, informative evening to finish the conference.