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2013 Semex Dairy Conference

The 2013 Semex dairy conference – the industry’s premier dairy conference – is to be held between the 13th and 15th January at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. It will be the 23rd consecutive dairy conference organised by the company.

Ronald Kers, CEO of Müller UK & Ireland, will give a keynote speech

Ronald Kers, CEO of Müller UK & Ireland

Entitled “Embracing change”, the conference will be chaired by well-known dairy farmer and the current chairman of Holstein UK John Edge, and has secured Peter Kendall, President of the National Farmers Union, Ronald Kers, CEO of Müller UK & Ireland, and Eamon van der Flier, Dairy Buyer at Waitrose as keynote speakers. Catherine Lascurettes, Executive Secretary of the National Dairy & Milk Committee, of the Irish Farmers Association, and Sieta Van Keimpema, Vice President of the European Milk Board, will give a political perspective on the industry, and Farming Minister David Heath has also been invited to give a wider political overview.

Alex Bandini, a retail specialist at Kantar, will give an overview of the retail scene, and how it is affecting dairy products, while Amanda Ball, head of marketing and communications at DairyCo, will step-up to the lectern to discuss the public’s view of dairy farming. Other speakers include Dr Bonnie Mallard, Professor of Immunogenetics at the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph; Dr Eric Schwab, from Vitaplus; Tony Rimmer, from Rostons; and dairy farmers Don Bennink from the US, and Emma Martin, Andy Walley and David Booth from the UK. David runs the Feizor herd at Settle, which has just become the CDI’s Premier Pedigree herd for 2012.

In addition to the formal speakers there will the renowned Semex Burns night supper on the Monday evening, including musicians and entertainers. It is this mix of business and pleasure that makes the Semex conference unique in the industry, and one of the most popular conferences in the dairying calendar among grass roots farmers.

The Radisson Blu is centrally located in Glasgow within walking distance of the main train station and the city centre. The cost of the two-night package, including all meals, is £375 plus VAT.

“The 23rd Semex conference is a ‘must visit’ event for progressive dairy farmers wanting to know what the future has in store for their industry,” says Peter Arthur, marketing manager for Semex.

“2012 has been a year of monumental change in the UK dairy industry, with the Müller takeover of Robert Wiseman Dairies, the Arla-Milk Link merger, and the tremendous volatility in milk and feed prices, and farmer reaction to them. There is little doubt that 2013 will also be one of turbulence, uncertainty and change – hence our conference title. The 2013 Semex conference will be the best opportunity to get to grips with what may happen, and how best to prepare for the change that may come. We look forward to welcoming the industry again in January.”

To book a place call Helen Miller on (01292) 671525 or email

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