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Programme

 

9:30am           Registration (with refreshments and networking)

10:00am         Welcome address – Gill Newman, Deputy Regional Director North for Corporate Banking, HSBC UK

10:10am         In control of your own destiny - Gemma Smale-Rowland

10:50am         Creating the future of Dairy - Graham Wilkinson, Senior Director - Agriculture, Arla Foods

11:30am         Coffee break

11:50am         Knowledge Exchange and Business (Succession) Planning to Enhance Your Resilience - Beth Dooley, University of Exeter

12:20pm        The positive power of social media - Dr Jude Capper, Livestock Sustainability Consultancy, Dairy Industry Woman of the Year 2017

 12:50pm        Lunch

 1:45pm          Presentation of the Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award

2:30pm           Small changes, big impact. Why I am optimistic about eradicating bTB - Sarah Tomlinson, Westpoint Farm Vets Ashbourne 

 3:00pm          Calf health – reduce disease, reduce antibiotics and improve your efficiency - Ailsa Milnes, Veterinary Adviser, Boehringer Ingelheim

 3:30pm           Close

Chaired by Di Wastenage, Patron of Women in Dairy and Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year 2015

 

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conference Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please contact Emily Egan emilyegan@rabdf.co.uk or 02476 639317

Registration

Women in Dairy Members - 25% discount using the code provided by email (Become a Member now to receive a discount on your conference ticket, invitations to your local Women in Dairy Group, a free ticket to Dairy-Tech and more)

General Admission - £55 (+VAT and booking fee)

Early Bird - £50 (+VAT and booking fee) available until 31 July

 

Conference Speakers

 

Gemma Smale-Rowland

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Graham Wilkinson, Senior Director - Agriculture, Arla Foods

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Graham is an experienced Agriculturalist with a deep knowledge of best practice agricultural production methods – particularly across the Dairy, Beef, Pork & Poultry sectors – underpinned by practical experience gained working on the family farm, for Tesco and Arla.

Born into a 3rd generation family dairy farm in the North East of England, Graham studied Agriculture before managing a dairy herd and then joining Arla in 2003.

Graham joined Tesco in 2011 as Agriculture Manager, during his time, Graham was integral to the implementation of Tesco’s Sustainable farming groups within their MFPE category before moving across to the Dairy category.

In 2015 Graham re-joined Arla as Senior Director Member Relations. Graham’s responsibility includes leading Arla’s customer relationships through developing aligned sustainable Agricultural programmes including Arla UK 360 and the Arla Farm resilience programme (R500). Ensuring a high level of support to Arla’s cooperative members through the Agricultural field based and office support functions. Delivering Arla’s business needs with regard to raw milk volume, types and quality as well as Arlagården.

In addition to this, Graham is a key member of Arla’s UK Leadership team, Member Relation global Management Team & European Leadership Team member, driving the agenda and execution of strategic and operational initiatives in the UK and across Arla’s key global markets. 

 

Beth Dooley, University of Exeter

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Beth Dooley is a second-year PhD student at the University of Exeter, Centre for Rural Policy Research specialising in rural sociology. Her research explores the role of social learning amongst participants in farmer discussion groups and how it relates to their business decision making in the face of change. Previously, Beth worked on sustainable agricultural policy issues in the EU with Ecologic Institute, an environmental policy think tank in Berlin, Germany. She has also worked extensively on issues surrounding farm transition and succession planning with the International Farm Transition Network and the Beginning Farmer Center of Iowa State University Extension, USA.

Beth is a qualified lawyer in the State of Iowa, admitted to the bar in 2012, where she specialised in Food and Agricultural Law during her Juris Doctorate at Drake University Law School. She also completed a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the University of Edinburgh in Global Environment and Climate Change Law. Originally from the Heartland of the US, her passion is all things to do with agriculture and the land, those who tend it, how our use impacts the environment as well as how it (e.g., through climate change) impacts our ability to produce food.

 

Dr Jude Capper, Livestock Sustainability Consultant, Dairy Industry Woman of the Year 2017

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Jude L. Capper, Ph.D. is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK, who undertook her BSc (Agriculture with Animal Science) and PhD (Ruminant Nutrition and Behaviour) at Harper Adams University College (UK), followed by post-doctoral research at Cornell University (USA) and a faculty position at Washington State University (USA).

Jude's research focuses on modeling the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically dairy and beef, including quantifying changes made by improving productivity or adopting differing management practices.

Jude’s professional goal is to communicate the importance of factors affecting livestock industry sustainability to enhance the knowledge and understanding of food production stakeholders from the farmer through to the retailer, policy-maker and consumer. She has an active social media presence and spends a considerable amount of time de-bunking some of the more commonly-heard myths relating to livestock production. To this end, she was awarded the Women in Dairy “Dairy Industry Woman of the Year 2017” and the Farmers Guardian “Farming Hero of the Year 2018” awards.

 

Sarah Tomlinson, Westpoint Farm Vets Ashbourne

 

Ailsa Milnes, Veterinary Adviser, Boehringer Ingelheim

 

Di Wastenage, Patron of Women in Dairy

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Di Wastenage, ARAgS is a Director of a family farming business based in Devon & Cornwall and along with her husband, their business Wastenage Farms was awarded the Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year 2015.

Di is currently a Council Member of the RABDF, TBEAG and Bicton College. Di is very keen to promote our Industry and see the next generation come into agriculture.

She is passionate about the untapped potential of women in business and the skills, knowledge and experiences that we can bring to the Industry for the future.