Three leading meat industry figures have accepted the invitation
of the National Beef Association to speak at the Beef Expo 2008
conference at Perth on Tuesday, May 20.
The conference, sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland, will be held
at Perth Agricultural Centre on the eve of Beef Expo which will
be held at the same venue the following day, Wednesday, May 21,
and is expected to attract thousands of beef farmers from all over
the UK and Ireland as well as several other European countries.
Major sponsor of Beef Expo 2008 is Lloyds TSB Agriculture.
Visitors will also have the opportunity of viewing two Perthshire
beef farms on the morning of the conference which commences at
4.00 p.m. and will be followed by the pre-event dinner that evening
in Dewar’s Centre, Perth.
The conference will adopt the Beef Expo theme of “Engage
With Beef – Sustainable Systems” and the speakers are
Donald Biggar, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland, Dr Mike Tempest,
technical director of the Livestock and Meat Commission, Northern
Ireland, and Brian Pack, chief executive of ANM Group Ltd. The
conference will be chaired by David Leggat, executive chairman
of United Auctions, operators of Perth Agricultural Centre.
“This is a formidable line-up of speakers who are all well-known
for their forthright views on the beef industry,” said Beef
Expo organising committee chairman, Randal Wilson. “We as
beef producers are hopefully entering a new era of renewed optimism
and we our looking to our speakers to point the way towards a sustainable
and profitable beef industry in the future.”
Donald Biggar has been chairman of QMS for more than two years
and was recently confirmed as chairman for the next three years
following QMS’s move from an industry-owned company to public
body wholly accountable to Scottish Ministers. He is a commercial
beef producer and successful breeder of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus
and Beef Shorthorn cattle at Chapelton and The Grange, Castle Douglas,
and also a director of SAC.
Mike Tempest joined LMC in 1996 as agricultural manager but his
role has expanded to technical director with responsibility for
the provision of technical information and services to the beef
and sheep industries in Northern Ireland. He has been instrumental
in developing a sustainable strategy for the NI beef and sheep
sectors following a critical review carried out by the NI Red Meat
Task Force. A key objective is to assist the NI beef and sheep
industry to become profitable in a free market.
As chief executive of the farmer-owned business, ANM Group, since
1990, Brian Pack is responsible for a £192 million throughput
business which includes Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Scotch Premier
Meat Ltd and Yorkshire Premier Meat Ltd. He was previously chief
executive of dairy company, Mackie’s, and an economist with
the old North of Scotland College of Agriculture (now part of SAC).
He is also chairman of the Rowett Research Institute.
The pre-event dinner will feature beef kindly donated by Scotbeef
Ltd, Bridge of Allan, is expected to attract more than 400 farmers
and industry representatives. The pre-dinner reception will be
hosted by Provost John Hulbert of Perth and Kinross Council and
there will be a display of Highland dancing by pupils from the
Jean Robertson School of Dancing, with well known piper Willie
Anderson. Light-hearted entertainment will be provided by after-dinner
speaker, John Htet Khin.
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