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Semex Conference 2019 - an agent of industry change

With 2019 predicted to be a pivotal year of change for the UK, the 29th Semex conference "Agents of Change" will focus on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the UK dairy industry.

To be held between the 13th and 15th January 2019 at the Radisson Blu hotel in the heart of Glasgow's city centre the conference will be addressed by leading figures from across the UK and the global dairy industry.

Heading up the speaker line-up with an international perspective will be Sue McCloskey, one of the owners of Fair Oaks Farms, described as the US's largest agritourism attraction, and founder of the Fairlife milk brand whose distribution partner is Coca-Cola.

On the political front, Minette Batters, President of the NFU, will give a UK political perspective of the industry. Ash Amirahmadi, in his new role as Managing Director of Arla Foods in the UK, will give an update on what the future looks like for one of the UK's and Europe's biggest milk buyers. Discussing the implications of the impact on Brexit on the normal pattern of dairy trade will be Jukka Likitalo, Secretary General of Eucolait, the European Association of Dairy Trade, which represents the interests of European exporters, importers and wholesalers of dairy products.

Michael Dennison, Sales Manager for Semex UK says, "We have a top line up of speakers who are all instrumental in managing change within the agricultural industry".

Other speakers include:

  • Dr. Giovanni Gnemmi, owner of Bovinevet, who is a veterinary surgeon and consultant to very large herds in Europe, Russia, USA, Japan, Latin America, China, and the Middle East;
  • Will Evans, farmer turned social media guru and agricultural communicator who is changing the way the UK look at farming through the Rock&Roll Farming podcast;
  • Charlie Perotti, genetic and management consultant currently managing over 30,000 cows in China.
  • Chris Walkland, journalist, commentator and market analyst who will give either the good or the bad news on the milk market prospects for the year ahead.

Chairing the conference will be Colin Price, who runs a small specialised organic family dairy farm in Yorkshire. With a keen interest in dairying Colin has been a regular attender of the Semex Conference.

"Colin, or "Pricey" as he will be better known, is a popular figure in UK agriculture. He epitomises the small family dairy farm which are the backbone of rural Britain, and help shape the rural community," says Michael. "Never afraid to ask a question Colin makes it his business to keep fully informed of changes to his industry and guarantees to be an entertaining and proficient chair'.

Michael concludes, "We look forward to welcoming our guests to Glasgow in January".

For more information and to book a place contact Leanne Garden on 0800 86 88 90