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Pasture to Profit Conference 2018

In what is possibly the most challenging time for British and Irish dairy farming in decades, the Pasture to Profit conference 2018 will focus on how to make the important decisions when faced with uncertain times. We have brought together a group of experts from around the world to help you manage and respond more effectively to risks in order to strengthen your farming business.

This year’s keynote address is from Professor Nicola Shadbolt, an expert in farm and agribusiness management at Massey University in New Zealand. She will discuss strategies to address risk proactively. Joining the conference by video-link, Dr John Roche, formerly a leading member of the research council at Dairy NZ is set to share his views and insight into production system research.

You can also choose to attend the pre-conference dinner to get to know the LIC team, conference speakers and your fellow farmers. 

Hear what some of our 2017 attendees had to say

Conference agenda:

Registration will commence at 7.30am ready for a prompt start at 8.30am.

The conference will conclude at 5.00pm.

We also welcome you to book for the pre-Conference networking dinner on Monday 15th October at 7pm, which includes a 3-course meal and drinks, with guest speaker Robin Page, Chairman of the Countryside Restoration Trust and former journalist and presenter.


Morning session 1: farmer panel - the industry labour issue

Our farmer panel presents their thoughts on attracting and retaining staff.

Richard Smith – OAD milking and our team.
Chris North, equity manager – From both sides of the fence.
Robert Craig – Challenges of multiple units.
Karen Halton – AYR and high input: our approach (plus commercial recruitment).


Morning session 2: decision making in unpredictable times

Prof. Nicola Shadbolt of Massey University, NZ, as well as director, editor, board member and farmer, shares her wisdom on managing risk and making decisions proactively.


Afternoon session 1: the important decisions: soil, business and people

Breakout sessions:

James Bretherton – It all starts in the soil
Jo Speed – HR and conflict management
Nicola Shadbolt – Attributes of a resilient farmer


Afternoon Session 2: Research to Guide Decision Making

Sean Chubb - LIC CFP dataset - looking back to look forward
Dr. John Roche - Production systems research: Northland, NZ (via video link)
Mark Ryder – NZ on the edge


Venue and accommodation

Call Holiday Inn on 0121 780 6700.  Quote "LIC" for a preferential room rate.

Rooms at the conference rate are limited and on first-come basis.

Book your place at the Pasture to Profit conference