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2021 UGS Conference Webinars

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  • Date: 24 Feb 2021
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Ulster Grassland Society 62nd Annual Conference – Webinars on Wednesday 24th February at 8:00pm and Thursday 25th February 2021 at 8:00pm

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.  The theme of the conference will be:                                      “A new Direction in Farming”.

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

The presentations will be delivered by:-

  1. 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.

  1. Phelim O’Neill, Market Intelligence Specialist with the Irish Farmers Journal (IFJ). 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.

On the second evening Thursday 25th February the focus will be on dairying with the presentations by:

  1. Arthur Fearnell who 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.
  1. Colin Glass, Cantebury, 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.

To view these webinars, it is necessary to Register using the links below:-

Beef Webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vuJM-MVySu-bH8A0qocY7Q

Dairy Webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZSy7O5t6SUOhyPXq1cNrtA

For further information, contact the Honorary Secretary at secretary@ulstergrassland.co.uk or by phone 07920037910.

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