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Wise Heads Share Dairy Industry Tips

A “Speakers’ Corner” entitled ‘Securing a Dairy Industry fit for the Future’, promises to be a major attraction at the upcoming Borderway UK Dairy Expo. The inaugural expo will run over Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd of March and will see dairy cattle and breeders from all around the United Kingdom and abroad competing and selling at the Borderway Exhibition Centre in Carlisle.

Rob Hitch, Partner at Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants

Rob Hitch

Chaired by Robert Wharton Farming Partner of Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants, the Speakers’ Corner will take place on Saturday the 3rd from 12 noon within one of the show rings. The six experts, all leading industry figures, will discuss key topics for the future of the dairy industry. They will share a short presentation on their chosen topic and following this will be an opportunity for questions from the floor. The speakers have been divided into two sessions.
The first session speakers are:

  • Emma Penny Editor of Farmers Guardian giving a presentation on knowledge transfer and management skills
  • Tom Campbell Vice-Chairman of First Milk giving a presentation on dairy markets
  • Rob Hitch Partner at Dodd & Co, discussing investment, economies of scale and large dairies

The second session speakers include:

  • Barry McInerney from Norbrook Pharmaceuticals giving a presentation on Oral Rehydration Therapy
  • Jack Lawson independent Board Member of Cattle Information Services giving a presentation on maintaining herd health and the benefits of disease testing,
  • Hugh Pocock Development Manager of Cogent Breeding discussing breeding for the future.

Organisers Harrison and Hetherington aim to make this an annual event and expect to attract more breeders, dairy farmers, competitors and visitors each year as it gains both a national and international profile.

David Pritchard, Operations Director of Harrison and Hetherington is delighted that they have such a formidable line up of speakers:

“The Speakers’ Corner is an opportunity for those attending Borderway UK Dairy Expo to partake in a forum with some of the dairy industry’s key players. It is an aim of ours that this forum will look toward the future of the dairy industry and discuss some of the threats to successful dairying and financial and practical strategy to avoid these threats. We are really looking forward to the event, hosting three international judges and the forefront of cattle breeders and dairy farmers in the world”.

Along with the Speakers’ Corner the show will be include competition, a Global Classic Sale and over 130 trade stands.

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