British Cattle Breeders Club Conference 20-22 January 2020

2020 – Focusing on succession to build a sustainable future

2020 - Focusing on succession to build a sustainable future is the theme chosen by Laurence Loxam the Chairman for the next British Cattle Breeders Club Conference which will be held at the Telford Hotel & Golf Resort, Shropshire from 20-22 January 2020.

Our aim for the 2020 conference is to embrace the ‘sea change’ our industry is facing, and in this we are not alone. Climate change affects us all, but through succession, sustainability and leadership we can all play our part as we enter a new decade.

We should all take time to reflect on the last ten years and to also start planning the next five and beyond. Back in 2010 we did not know that we would be about to embark on a new journey, outside of the EU, and so with Brexit here we have the opportunity to focus positive attention on breeding beef and dairy cattle that will suit our systems, meet consumer demands and fulfil market requirements.

Continuing to evolve while strengthening co-operation will be vitally important in light of increasing pressure on the livestock industry from recent negative campaigns via social media and other channels. As we look to the future, it is imperative that we continue to shine the best possible light on the cattle breeding industry. Ours is an industry that not only strives for high levels of animal health, welfare and production efficiency, but also aims to deliver high quality and nutritious animal protein products. In this spirit, I challenge each of you to show that we are the driving force behind a more sustainable agriculture sector, as we step towards a future in which breeding for more efficient animals takes ever more precedence.

The conference speakers confirmed include Roddy McLean, Jude Capper, Martin Thatcher, Neil Eastham, Roel Veerkamp, Tim Byrne, Michelle Judge, Bart Lardner, Werner Brand and farmers Mike Powley, Ben Harman, Neale Sadler and Patrick Morris-Eyton.  The full programme will be available shortly.

The presentations from the 2019 conference are available to view here and the club's most recent newsetter with conference review is available to view here

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