'The pursuit of profitability' is the theme for the second annual
EBLEX National Producer Conference for levy payers.
Organised by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX), the
conference is being held at the Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol,
on Monday, May 19.
Speakers include Professor Temple Grandin, the renowned international
expert on animal handling systems. Prof Grandin will look at how
producers can exploit natural behaviour to make things quicker,
easier and safer on farm. Prof Neville Gregory from the Royal Veterinary
College will be discussing the impact of animal stress and other
welfare issues at slaughter and how they can have a detrimental
impact on meat quality.
Joining them is beef consultant David Evans, who will be looking
at how events on the global stage will impact on producers in this
country, while Dr Anne Mottet, who is working on the forthcoming
Future of the Sheep Sector in Europe Report, will be giving an
update on the vision for sheep meat production in the EU.
The event will finish with Mike Rowe, agricultural manager at
Clydesdale Bank Plc giving a financial perspective on the beef
and sheep sectors and talking about the factors his team considers
when farmers come looking for a new business loan.
EBLEX Chairman John Cross said: "We want to encourage farmers
to take a closer look at a range of practical and pragmatic on-farm
issues where relatively simple adjustments could make a difference
to overall farm profitability.
"We would expect every farmer to leave enthused with at
least one idea they want to implement on their own farm."
The day starts at 10am and will finish at about 3.30pm. Attendance
is free to all English beef and sheep levy-payers but a £25
refundable deposit will be required to secure a place. Places will
be taken on a "first come, first served" basis. Further
details and registration forms are available from Selma Todd on
0870 608 6610 or by logging on to www.eblex.org.uk
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