UGS Annual Conference - "A new direction in farming" (Dairy)
Thursday 25 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 second evening, Thursday 25th February at 8pm will focus on dairying.

The presentations will be delivered by Arthur Fearnell and Colin Glass.

Register for the webinar here.

Speaker biographies

Arthur Fearnell
Arthur is a 9th generation dairy farmer milking 400 crossbred cows on the Cheshire Plain. He runs a predominantly grass based system looking to maximise milk solids and herd health. He is an Arla member and has an Arla UK 360 milk contract. In 2004 he undertook a Nuffield scholarship entitled 'Attracting the Next Generation into dairy Farming' something which is close to his heart now that his youngest son Edward, who currently studies agriculture at Reading University, is considering a career in Dairy Farming. Arthur has always been an active member of the Arla democracy and is currently one of UK Farmer directors on the Arla foods Amba Board and is the Arla UK Area Chairman, until recently he was a Board member of Dairy UK.
Colin Glass
Chief Executive @Dairy Holdings Limited (New Zealand)
Colin owns and operates a 650-cow dairy farm, and two further irrigated properties he rears and finishes bull beef at Methven in Mid-Canterbury with his wife Paula, and their two daughters. His father’s family originate from Co Antrim and emigrated to NZ in 1956. The family became well known for their pioneering ideas and set up several highly successful farming enterprises in Mid-Canterbury. Colin is also chief executive of Dairy Holdings Limited which has extensive operations throughout the South Island. He is a director of several agri-business companies and is currently chairman of Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Limited. He will give us an overview of NZ agriculture. He will touch on costs of milk production and environmental issues for NZ farmers.