WOMEN IN DAIRY CONFERENCE LINE UP ANNOUNCED Resilience and Emerging Opportunities

Dairy farmer, entrepreneur and NFU board member, Gemma Smale-Rowland will open this year’s Women in Dairy Conference to inspire the audience to take control of their own destiny. She is part of the stellar line up covering the theme of ‘Resilience and Emerging Opportunities’ on 18 September at Sixways Stadium, Worcester.

Graham Wilkinson, senior director agriculture for Arla Foods will speak on creating the future of dairy, while Beth Dooley, University of Exeter and Dr Jude Capper, livestock sustainability consultant will deliver presentations on business planning and the positive power of social media respectively.

The afternoon sees the announcement of the Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Awards before animal health presentations on eradicating bTB and reducing antibiotic use from vet Sarah Tomlinson and Ailsa Milnes, veterinary adviser from Women in Dairy national sponsor Boehringer Animal Health.

Conference chair Di Wastenage, RABDF council member and patron of Women in Dairy says the conference provides a unique opportunity for women in our industry to connect, share experience and be inspired to grow themselves and their businesses.

‘The Women in Dairy conference always showcases the diverse talent we have in the dairy industry. This year looks set to help women push their boundaries, build their resilience and make the most of every opportunity they meet.’

HSBC have confirmed their principal sponsorship of the event for the third year running. Gill Newman, deputy regional director north for corporate banking, HSBC UK will open the conference and present the third ever Women in Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Awards.

The awards celebrate the achievements of women in the British dairy industry and the presentation will take place in the afternoon of the conference. There will be a national and local winner again this year. Nominations for the awards are now open until 31 May with entry forms available here.

Tickets for the conference are now on sale and can be purchased at www.womenindairy/conference with discounts available for Women in Dairy members and students. An additional early bird discount will be applied to all bookings made before Wednesday 31 July. Further information, including the full programme, is available on the website and through the office on 02476 639317.