The focus of the event will be
‘Profitable production in the face of industry challenges’
Consumer demands – Brexit – Innovation – Market Conditions – Export Markets – Price Volatility
Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President
Minette grew up living and working on-farm, with no succession tenancy available.
In 1998 she secured a long-term Farm Business Tenancy and built the business from nothing to over 300 head of stock; with a herd of pedigree Hereford cattle running alongside a herd of 100 Simmental cross suckler cows, she specialises in selling premium store cattle.
As well as running a diversified mixed farming business Minette co-founded the campaigning initiatives ‘Ladies in Beef’ and the ‘Great British Beef Week’.
Minette was voted NFU Deputy President in 2014 and during her time has worked to ensure that British farmers receive fair returns from transparent supply chains. She is also passionate about ensuing British farmers are the supplier of choice for retailers and food services.
Richard Roderick, Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year 2015, Newton Farm, Brecon, Powys
Richard farms a mixed sheep, beef and arable farm in the Usk valley with his wife Helen. He has grown the farm from 220 acres in 1985 to 650 acres by developing a complementary mix of enterprises. He has 1,000 Suffolk and Texel cross mule ewes and 70 suckler cows.
Richard’s focus with sheep is on genetic improvements and reducing costs through maximising the use of high quality forage. The cattle business is focusing on stabiliser cows to improve maternal performance and to finish beef from forage.
Richard has spent time working in New Zealand and Australia and has implemented a number of trails on his own farm based on what he saw overseas. He has won a number of awards and gained various achievements including the Farming Innovation Funs and Waitrose Farming Partnership Awards Innovation Prize in 2015.
Richard Tudor, Farmers Weekly Beef Farmer of the Year 2016
Richard farms a 290ha upland farm with a herd of suckler cows and 1,200 breeding ewes. Richard is an example of how an upland beef enterprise can thrive by maximising on every area of land on the farm and achieving significantly higher than average returns per cow.
Richard’s focus is on how to perfect his breeding programme to develop a medium-sized cow that will thrive in upland conditions. Maximising herd fertility and excellent forage management are also top of the agenda for Richard,
Richard is a strong believer in knowledge transfer and trailing new concepts. He is currently undertaking a Nuffield Scholarship on the subject of ‘Soil Health and Fertility in Grasslands: an essential component in improving upland beef and sheep productivity and sustainability’.