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Agronomy and Business Conference for Arable Growers

31 Jan 2023

Greenmount Campus, Antrim

Tuesday 31st January 2023, 9:30am – 4:00pm
CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, Antrim

This all-day conference jointly organised by CAFRE, the Ulster Arable Society and Ulster Farmers’ Union, will update arable growers on current agronomy and business management issues.

The conference will focus on important issues at present, including grain and other field crop markets, fertiliser markets, options to ensure efficient fertiliser use and improving energy efficiency on arable farms.

Cost: £25.00 (£30 if booked after 25 January)
Ulster Arable Society members are entitled to a £5 refund on attendance at the AGM.
BASIS points and NRoSO points applied for.


 9.00       Registration

 SESSION 1                                 Chaired by UAS

9.30        Welcome / Introduction – Barclay Bell (UAS  Chairman)

9.45       Keynote speaker – Olly Harrison (Agricontract)

10.15     Grain Markets Update – David Eudall (AHDB) 

10.45     Potato and Field Veg Markets- Lorcan Bourke (Bord Bia)

11.00 – 11.20 – Tea/break

SESSION  2                                  Chaired by CAFRE

11.20     Session 3 introduction – Don Morrow (CAFRE)

11.30      Fertiliser Markets Ups and Downs? – Liam Wolfe (Grassland Agro)   

12.00     Liquid Fert, Foliar Feeds and Biostimulants explained  – Phil Burrell (Yara)   

12.30      AFBI Research Update – Dr Lisa Black


12.40     UAS AGM                     OR      LUNCH & workshop on Fertiliser sower calibration

12.50     UAS members Lunch 

SESSION 3                                 Chaired by UFU

1.50        Session 3 introduction – John McClenaghan (UFU)

2.00       Energy Saving on Arable farms – Roger Stones (NFU Energy) 

2.30       Alternatives to drying grain – Gary Spence (Fane Valley)

3.00       Growing Cost Projections for 2023 – Leigh McClean (CAFRE)

3.10       Panel question and answer session – Facilitated by Andy Doyle ( IFJ)

3.50       Conference close                                                          

4.00       Afternoon Tea/Coffee

Registration is now open

Everyone is welcome. Places are restricted and registration is essential.

If you have difficulty booking online, please contact 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. 

For further information on conference speakers or facilities/access queries contact:  CAFRE KT admin on 02894426790 or  Email: