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NI Nuffield Scholars Spring Conference

The Northern Ireland Nuffield Scholars Association will be holding a spring conference on Monday 7th April 2014 at AFBI, Hillsborough.

Four Nuffield Scholars from across the UK will present on the night.

Heather Wildman

Heather Wildman

Heather Wildman – Heather hails from Cumbria and is currently living in East Ayrshire for the past 10 years on a 8,000 acre beef and sheep estate managed by her husband John who is also a fellow Cumbrian. She is senior extension officer for DairyCo, a role which is varied and broad in its remit, from running discussion groups, organising open meetings or working one to one with farmers, vets or consultants. All with the aim of helping her 1,000+ dairy farmers in Scotland to be the best and improve their skills, knowledge and profitability and hopefully enjoyment of their businesses.

Heather’s Nuffield topic is “Communication: motivating and influencing change, and have discussion groups had their day?”

Caroline Millar - Caroline lives at Auchterhouse, near Dundee with her husband Ross, lives on their 650 acre farm taking in arable, beef and sheep enterprises. They have an on-farm diversification called The Hideaway Experience which offers luxurious escapes for couples. She enjoys interacting with a lot of different rural business owners not only through the farm and Hideaway business but also through a consultancy business she runs providing strategy and business development support. She has recently completed a Rural Leadership programme run by Scottish Enterprise and as a result is now one of four directors of a new organisation called Go Rural Ltd. Go Rural will work with diversified rural tourism and leisure businesses and industry partners to make it easy for City residents and visitors to experience Rural Scotland 90 minutes from the City boundary.

Caroline’s Nuffield topic is “What impact can diversified farm businesses make to farming families and rural communities and what additional benefit is achieved when these businesses effectively collaborate together?”

Tim McClelland – Tim is from Tandragee in County Armagh. From 1997 to the present day he has been the managing partner within the family farm. The farm extends to 112 Ha and is a mixed arable and grassland business. Ninety Ha of mostly spring sown arable crops are produced. Feed wheat, conservation grade oats, oilseed rape and certified seed oat and barley crops are produced. The seed crops are grown, field certified, processed and marketed through “Clare Glen Seeds”. This small company, which is integral to the farming business, also imports cereal seed from the UK mainland which is further marketed to local cereal farmers. Grass silage is produced on farm. This is either sold as a “cash crop” or fed on a “bed and breakfast” winter keep basis to suckler cows and drystock. In 2010 Tim graduated from University of Ulster with a Master Degree in Agri-Food and Business Development.

Tim’s Nuffield topic is “Why are you farming – business or pleasure?”

Gregg Sommerville – Gregg is from Dromara, County Down in partnership with his wife and parents. The family farm has a herd of 200 dairy cows.

Gregg’s Nuffield topic is “Setting up secondary dairy units”.

Since completing his Nuffield Gregg has put his words into action and is now running a second dairy unit on a rented farm near Hillsborough.

All are welcome. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to book in advance (for catering purposes). Contact Jason Rankin on 07710 366730

Nuffield Scholarships Trust

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