November 5, 2018

Meet the Speakers for the Beef Conference

The ‘Healthy Cattle, Health Profits’ Beef Conference will take place on Wednesday 21 November at Greenmount Campus CAFRE.

This all day conference jointly organised by CAFRE, Ulster Farmers’ Union, LMC, AFBI and NBA will focus on what the industry currently does well but also identify how to improve the health of cattle to deliver healthier profits.

Beef Conference Organising CommitteeMembers of the organising committee discussing plans for the “Healthy Cattle, Healthy Profits” conference to be held at Greenmount on 21 November, Paul McHenry (CAFRE), Darryl McLaughlin (UFU), Seamus McMenamin (LMC), Dr Norman Weatherup (CAFRE), Heather Stewart (UFU), Lynda Kelly (LMC), Stephen Heenan (NBA), Chris Armour and Dr Francis Lively (AFBI).

The event organisers have arranged for a variety of high calibre speakers to address delegates on the day. They are as follows:

Seán Fee Seán Fee works as a veterinary pathologist in the Veterinary Sciences Division where he performs post-mortem examinations on farm animals. Seán has a particular interest in the diagnosis and pathology of ruminant disease and in forensic pathology. He will focus on how disease surveillance allows early detection of new and emerging disease threats and facilitates the recognition of changing patterns of existing disease.

Dr Barry McInerney Dr Barry McInerney is a qualified veterinary surgeon from Co. Clare. Following many years in the industry, a Master’s degree in Bioprocess Engineering Technology and a PhD looking at food and food animal safety and traceability he moved to Norbrooks Global HQ as head of clinical development. Barry will talk about management of herds to minimise the risk and spread of disease, which will benefit herd owners through increased productivity and decreased losses.

Jamie Robertson Jamie Robertson, research fellow at the University of Aberdeen and consultant at Livestock Management Systems, focuses on the relationship between environment, animal health and animal productivity. The aim of his presentation is to provide a simple way of looking at your own buildings and making a diagnosis of where weaknesses may occur.

John Yeoman John Yeoman farms on 285 acres keeping around 80 pedigree and cross bred Limousin and Belgian Blue cross cows and heifers. He also has a flock of 700 Beulah ewes and replacement lambs in Llwyn y Brain, Wales. John completed a Nuffield Scholarship in 2006 on beef and lamb carcase classification. He will explain the unique system he uses on his home farm where he sells his calves as weanlings and follows performance through to slaughter.

Doug Dear Farming in partnership with his wife and parents near Selby in North Yorkshire, Doug Dear is a beef finisher through and through. Doug provides a unique finishing service, where the breeder retains ownership of the animals right through to slaughter. He is currently a farmer focus writer in Farmers Weekly, winner of Beef Innovator 2015 at the Farmers Guardian Awards and a Farmers Weekly Awards Finalist in 2016.

Francis Breen Francis Breen is presently a Senior Beef and Sheep Development Adviser with CAFRE. Francis has spent the majority of his career in advisory roles with CAFRE and most recently (until September 2018) managed the Better Farm Beef Challenge NI, a collaborative initiative between CAFRE, ABP and the Irish Farmers’ Journal. Francis will focus on using benchmarking analysis to highlight the key factors, which contribute to improving profitability on the Better Beef Challenge NI farms.

Joe Milligan Joe Milligan farms in partnership with his father John, close to Castlewellan Co Down. The 200 acre all-grassland farm is home to suckler cow, dairy calf to beef and sheep enterprises. In 2017 Joe was the winner of the First Trust Bank Farm Business Management competition. Joe will give an overview of the suckler beef enterprise on his farm and will highlight the main technologies and practices he sees as having the greatest impact on profitability.

Conall Donnelly Conall is the CEO of Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association (NIMEA). NIMEA represents the major meat processors and exporters in Northern Ireland. Conall is a former Economist with the Livestock and Meat Commission. In his role he develops policy and supports the beef and lamb industry on technical, economic and supply chain issues. Currently much of Conall’s work is focussed on the implications of Brexit on the Northern Irish red meat sector.

How to Book your Place? Interest in this event is anticipated to be very high so if you want to be guaranteed a place then you need to book early. Conference cost is £20 per person and booking is via the UFU website www.ufuni.org/events

If you have difficulty booking online, please contact Angela Scott at UFU HQ on 028 9037 0222. Note: Places cannot be reserved and payment in full is required at the time of booking by credit or debit card.

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