UGS Annual Conference - "A new direction in farming" (Beef & Sheep)
Wednesday 24 February 2021, 08:00pm - 09:00pm
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Due to the ongoing Corvid 19 restrictions the UGS will be hosting its 62nd Annual Conference via online platform Zoom on 24th and 25th February.

Based on the theme “A new direction for farming” our conference will focus on current and future post Brexit challenges to our grass-based livestock industry. Greater consumer awareness means that farmers must produce tracible quality food produced to high animal welfare standards. There is also a need to address environment targets towards carbon neutral farming and to farm in a sustainable way to protect the biodiversity of our countryside. This together with the need for good business management and family succession planning, form the core of this year’s UGS conference.

The webinar on the first evening, Wednesday 24th February will focus on Beef and sheep.

The presentations will be delivered by Kevin Stewart and Phelim O'Neill.

Register for the webinar here.

Speaker biographies

Kevin Stewart
2019 Scottish Sheep Farmer of the Year from Kelso
On his predominantly upland units, Kevin runs 1,250 ewes, 320 gimmers, 970 ewe lambs, 1,100 feeding lambs, 520 ram lambs and 100 summer grazing cattle. The sheep enterprise is based on a forage production system which is coupled with modern sheep genetics and home-produced forage. Flock performance is monitored through detailed records. He will outline his current farm business and then explain his plans to adapt to the changes and impacts of Brexit.
Phelim O'Neill
Market Intelligence Specialist @Irish Farmers Journal
A Queens University law graduate, Phelim has held a number of roles in the NI meat industry, including as Marketing Manager with the Livestock and Meat Commission, and as chief executive of the NI Meat Exporters' Association. He joined the IFJ in 2015. He will look at look at the challenges facing the beef and sheep sector post Brexit.