Mike is a professor in livestock informatics at Scotlands Rural College based in Edinburgh. He manages a team of about 30 consisting Edinburgh Genetic Evaluation Services (EGENES) and the Animal Breeding and Genomics team. Mike is interested in new breeding tools for farmed livestock and the new developments in phenotyping that allows changes for new and novel traits such as product quality, health and efficiency. Mostly he enjoys working with industry in making it all work and deliver benefits right now.
Anya graduated from Newcastle University in 1987 and then entered the animal feed industry on completing her MSc in Animal Nutrition at Aberdeen University. She worked as a nutritionist and on-farm technical advisor for a variety of animal feed companies throughout Scotland until 2002 when she progressed into managing a large animal feed manufacturing and distribution operation in north-west England. Since 2006 Anya has worked at Myerscough College near Preston in Lancashire.
She lectures and researches mainly in livestock science and agricultural business subjects at degree level. Since attending her first BCBC conference in 2008 with a group of students, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of the unique format of bringing researchers, industry specialists and practical farmers who inspire and motivate the future generation in all aspects of the cattle industry.
Born and raised in Lancaster, Laurence grew up on the family dairy farm, home to the renowned Carrlox Herd. Having ceased milk production, Laurence assisted his father in running the family import/export business, helping to introduce many of the first Canadian Holsteins into the UK. Upon graduating University with a BA Hons in Business Studies, Laurence pursued a successful career in the retail sector, a role encompassing both sales and management functions.
Laurence returned to agriculture in 2009, bringing with him 12 years of retail experience. This experience has guided Laurence while in his last role as Genetics Business Manager for NMR, a position which demanded customer focus and strong industry partnerships. Laurence has very recently embarked on a new career with the robotics company, Lely. In 2013 Laurence decided to embark on an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability, which is something he has been keen to pursue for a long time. Laurence believes that knowledge development and transfer are key to what he sees as a successful future for both the dairy industry and the wider agricultural economy.
Heidi was born and bred in Derbyshire and grew up on the family’s dairy farm. She was an enthusiastic member of her local Young Farmer’s Club for many years. Heidi has worked within the agricultural industry for nearly 20 years including working for a Milk Quota broker, as a Dairy Farm Assurance assessor and more recently as a farm secretary for a herd of 100 milking pedigree Holsteins.
Heidi and her partner have 2 young children and have recently purchased a small holding in the Peak District, she continues her farm secretarial duties as well as running the BCBC office.
Henry is Senior Data Analyst with NBDC, having been with Holstein UK and its subsidiaries since 2008. With a family pedigree of North Lancashire dairy farmers, he was raised on a small commercial dairy and sheep farm on the western slopes of the Pennines (where “it was always advantageous to grow webbed feet!”). After gaining a BSc in Agriculture from Nottingham, he worked for a period on a mixed arable and livestock prairie farm in Saskatchewan, with a leading Canadian breeder of Landrace pigs.
On returning to the UK he worked with the MLC on the development of beef enterprise financial models, subsequently moving to the Milk Marketing Board in Surrey. Initially within the “Breeding Research / Statistics” department with Gordon Swanson and the late Peter Wood (of Lactation Curve fame). Later transferring to the MMB’s National Milk Records division, where he undertook a variety of roles in IT, staff training and technical support. Henry is a life member of the British Society of Animal Science and works with the ICAR Animal Identification sub-committee on the development of international standards for animal id and eartag testing.
Outside of agriculture he is a Trustee Director of the MMB staff pension fund. He is a long term motor sports enthusiast with a string of rally co-driving trophies to his name. He now lives “on the dry side of the Pennines” in North Yorkshire with a wife and three daughters. Henry first attended a BCBC conference in 2008 and has been an enthusiastic supporter ever since. “For me, BCBC is a fantastic way to keep in touch with practical farmers, trends in technical developments and both current and former colleagues”.
Coming from a non-agricultural background, Andy initially gained dairy experience on a number of farms in North Yorkshire before graduating from Harper Adams in 2000 with a degree in Agriculture with Land and Farm Management. He continued on farm after completing his degree, initially as Head Herdsman in Yorkshire and then as a Dairy Farm Manager in Herefordshire where he was responsible for day-to-day management, staffing and budgeting on a large mixed dairy and arable farm. Andy joined AHDB Dairy as an Extension Officer in 2009 and has been Technical Manager for Breeding and Fertility since 2014, leading on delivery of the Calf to Calving Initiative for which he was awarded the Innovation in Agriculture team award in December 2017.
Andy is married with three young children and lives in the market town of Newent in Gloucestershire. In February 2018, he will join WhiteAvon Consultancy, part of the Farm Consultancy Group as a Dairy Farm Consultant. Since joining in 2010, he has found BCBC an invaluable source of information on current and future issues for UK farmers and a great opportunity to meet likeminded people from the industry and farming.
I am a Harper Adams University Animal Science Honours graduate, a Trehane & Dartington Nuffield Scholar and graduate of the Institute of Agricultural Management Leadership Development course. I have spent the past 14 and a half years working within the Dairy industry leading the Research, Genetic, Genomic Evaluation & Business Products & Services developments for Holstein UK and recently embarked on an exciting new venture with my own consultancy company Priestcliffe Consulting Ltd. Through my career I have been lucky enough to be appointed Chairman of the British Cattle Breeders Club and more recently completed the coveted Institute of Agricultural Management; Leadership Development Course. Knowledge transfer of science, genetics and breeding whilst applying these into innovative products and services to benefit farm businesses is my lifelong passion. My new business is fully committed to driving these innovations forward within the companies I work with such as National Milk Records.
Charlie is Norfolk born and bred and was educated at Thetford Fulmerston and Shuttleworth College’s and a ‘finishing school’ in Western Australia. Charlie ran the Scales Farm Herd of Pedigree Holsteins on the family farm for 23 years. The farm currently has an Angus beef suckler herd and Lleyn sheep flock with a mixed arable and conservation grazing enterprise. He has worked in a variety of roles at Easton (now Easton and Otley) College as technician, assessor, instructor and Lecturer in Livestock Husbandry. President of EUROPEA UK, part of a network of European Land Based Colleges and European Co-ordinator of Projects and student work placements at Easton and Otley.
He is currently Chairman of Norfolk Proficiency Test Committee and Vice-Chairman of Norfolk Holstein Club. Charlie was also a former NFU branch Chairman. His other interests include CAMRA, football, rugby, cricket, cycling, rock music and quizzes. Charlie is passionate about developing new entrants to the livestock industry and in particular provide as wide a range of possibilities to bring out the best in young people. He has introduced students to the BCBC conference for several years and sees the club as the ideal forum for inspiration and innovation in the Livestock sector.
Clive is the son of a herdsman so has been around cattle all his life but decided milking cows wasn’t for him and instead focused on the beef sector. He was very active in YFC and was County Chairman for Shropshire. He enjoyed considerable success in the stock-judging arena and this had an effect on his career path. Having spent nearly 20 years working for 2 livestock marketing co-operatives he has a good understanding of livestock production and the whole red meat supply chain in the UK. Prior to joining EBLEX in 2003 (now AHDB Beef & Lamb) he was project development & marketing manager for Meadow Quality Livestock overseeing several development projects as well as being the key account manager for Dovecote Park, supplying Angus and Hereford cattle for Waitrose.
A lot of his time was also focused on the development of the beef & sheep industry through supply chain management together with improvements in breeding & feeding. His current role as Head of Knowledge Exchange for AHDB Beef & Lamb is one of industry relations and development, liaising with all relevant stakeholders, including primary producers, either directly or through other regional staff, as well as overseeing delivery of the Better Returns Programme. The Cattle Breeders Conference is a key date in the calendar as it is a great opportunity to meet so many people actively involved in all parts of the beef sector.
Tim grew up on a 400 hectare sheep and beef farm on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. His interest in agriculture led him to study animal science and genetics. He then worked for the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, before completing a PhD study on the economics of genetic improvement programmes while working as a consultant for AbacusBio. Tim has a wealth of experience in agriculture built over 15 years, with specifics skills in genetics, production system economics, strategy and investment, and technology. Tim has combined this science and business expertise to deliver solutions all around the globe including in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, UK, Canada, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Poland. Tim moved from the companies’ office in Dunedin, New Zealand to set up AbacusBio in Edinburgh. He is passionate about delivering solutions and tools to agriculture and is keen to work with BCBC to create impact in the UK cattle sector, and interact with scientists and farmers through the BCBC forum.
Gary gained his PhD from University of Liverpool in 1994 and has 20 years experience of agricultural genomics, genotyping and R&D implementation gained in the pig and cattle industry with integrated breeding companies (PIC and Genus) and a veterinary pharmaceutical & genetics company (Pfizer Animal Genetics). He is currently Business Development Manager for Neogen’s GeneSeek Genomics business in Europe where he is responsible for overseeing and managing business development and customer relationships. He has been in this position since 2011 when Neogen first started operating their Genomics services from their European headquarters in Ayr, Scotland.
Gary has been attending BCBC regularly as a delegate since 2011 and is looking forward to being more involved in the club since joining the committee in 2017.
Iain, a dairy and beef farmer’s son from Ayrshire, Scotland, is the Chief Executive of the British Limousin Cattle Society, the UK’s largest beef breed society, a position he has held since joining in 1996. He is presently an elected member of the World Limousin Executive and sits on the European Limousin Council. In addition, Iain is also a Director of BASCO Data Ltd, an IT company providing data recording services to the agricultural industry. He is also a Director of the ecommerce Semenstore Ltd, and of the agricultural insurance company TaurusAgridirect Ltd.
Previously Iain has served on the Board of the National Beef Association for a period of six years during which time he was Chairman of the UK Pedigree Breed Society Committee. In 2004 Iain was made the award of Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Merit Agricole by the French Government in recognition of his services to agriculture and the Limousin breed. A regular attender at the British Cattle Conference, Iain joined the Committee in 2011.
Emma, a Cheshire dairy farmer, has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Agri-Food Marketing and Business Studies from Harper Adams University College. Emma has previously worked at Genus Breeding, Holstein UK and NFU. In 2007, Emma joined Tesco as their Dairy Agricultural Manager, where she was responsible for Tesco's Sustainable Dairy Group and the Tesco Dairy Centre of Excellence. Emma was awarded a Trehane Scholarship to study milk marketing around the world and also has a paper published in the Journal of Dairy Technology about the health properties of milk, in relation to Multiple Sclerosis.
Andy originates from family farming roots in Kent, brought up on a small mixed livestock and horticultural farm, and later graduated from Seale-Hayne Agricultural College with a BSc in Agriculture in 1986. After graduating he spent 15 years in the agricultural ruminant feed supply industry covering a range of technical and commercial roles for a national feed manufacturer. Andy joined Coombe farm in 2001 to work initially rationalising the farm estate. This involved creating and implementing the strategy of planned systematic conversion to organic milk production as the core of the future Organic Milk Pool for Coombe Farm. In parallel to this work he was tasked with the creation and development of the dedicated organic milk supply chain for Coombe Farm purchasing milk from 27 local dairy farms. This has subsequently become the Waitrose Duchy organic milk supply pool. The work also included taking many of the farmers through organic conversion and supporting when required.
Andy took on a farm business tenancy with his wife Rosemary in 2008 milking 250 cows supplying milk to the Coombe Farm Milk Pool. He completed a further degree, MSc in Organic Agriculture in 2009. Andy and his wife of 25 years Rosemary, have two daughters, one studying at university and the other has just started work. Andy has a real passion for positive cattle welfare demonstration with cow sentience at the core.
Richard Park is a dairy farmer from Cumbria, he studied Agriculture at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire and has been involved with the family’s dairy farm for the last 30 years. The farm is run by Richard and his wife Judith and comprises of 316 acres, with a herd of 170 dairy cows, which is a crossbred herd of Holsteins, Swedish Red and Montbeliarde, plus 700 hens and a flock of 200 mule sheep. They have been crossbreeding for over 15 years, the herd is calved over a 3 month period in the autumn with the emphases being to have healthy, fertile cows that are able to convert forage to milk. The farm is not only a working farm but also boasts a successful tea room and award winning farm shop.
Richard is also involved with DairyCo, he is a member of the genetics advisory forum and a member of the management committee for the Westmorland County Show. In his spare time he enjoys travelling and looking at dairy farm systems around the world. Richard has attended previous BCBC conferences and is looking forward to being more involved with the club since joining the committee in 2015.
Duncan is an Animal Science graduate of Nottingham University. After a year with a chicken breeding company he took on a PhD at Reading examining aspects of sheep fertility. From Reading, Duncan moved to Yorkshire to work on suckler beef production at ADAS High Mowthorpe where he developed interests in feeding and breeding beef cattle. After 10 years in ADAS he moved to the Meat and Livestock Commission to manage their Beef Research portfolio.
As MLC changed to EBLEX and then AHDB, Duncan moved on to manage EBLEX research and later became Director of AHDB Dairy (formerly DairyCo). In 2015 Duncan moved back to beef to become the Breed Development Manager for the Stabiliser Cattle Company. Since October 2017 he has expanded his horizons through Pullar Livestock Consulting Ltd, which offers services to the beef and sheep industry designed to deliver more profitable and sustainable supply of beef and lamb. Duncan is a past Chairman of BCBC and for 6 years looked after the beef programme with a number of BCBC Chairs.
Karen was brought up on a small, family-run farm in mid-Devon and has always been incredibly passionate about agriculture and the countryside. Karen always helped on the farm and worked part-time at a local veterinary practice for over ten years which provided a good grounding in understanding the challenges that can face livestock producers. She gained a BSc. (Hons) in Animal Science from University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington and stayed on to study a PhD investigating the ‘fatty acid uptake in the ruminant ovary and pre-implantation embryo’. From Nottingham, Karen moved to Cirencester to work as a Research and Development Manager for DairyCo (now AHDB Dairy) in March 2009.
Then in November 2011 Karen was appointed as National Ruminant Technical Manager for BOCM PAULS, now ForFarmers. Karen is currently Ruminant Nutritionist for the UK and is part of the Nutrition & Innovation Team. In this role Karen provides technical support to the business units in the UK, namely technical managers, sales managers and account managers. Karen thoroughly enjoys being part of the Club and finds that the conference provides a fantastic forum for relevant and factual debate and information for all cattle producers and industry alike, as well as providing a brilliant networking opportunity.