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Published 24 October 14

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Making Money from Milk – Pasture to Profit Conference 2014

“Making money from milk, not milk from money” is the title of this year’s Pasture to Profit Conference, being held on Tuesday 11 November at the Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways Stadium in Worcester.

The conference, organised by LIC (UK), and sponsored by DairyCo, brings together experts, farmers and technical specialists from home and abroad to look at some of the topical challenges facing the dairy industry today.

“Milk prices are volatile, world markets are fluctuating, now is the time to bring dairy farming back to basics and concentrate on what makes money,” says conference chairman and Pasture to Profit consultant Sarah Payne, summing up the theme of the day.

The first session of the day brings together three speakers looking at taking dairy farming into the future. Jack Hooper, from LIC NZ, will speak on making breeding decisions to fit your farm system. Chris Duller, independent grassland and soil consultant, will look at maximising soils and pastures through better decision-making. Andy Warne, from NMR will close the session talking about utilising the information provided through milk recording.

The second session, titled back to the KISS (keep it simple stupid!) theory, starts with Alicia Newport from LIC, talking about structuring dairy businesses to manage volatile milk prices, and how grazing  farmers in the UK compare to the rest of the world. Rory Christie, possibly the most northerly grass-based dairy farmer in the world, will talk about how focusing on fertility improved his dairy business in Dumfries and Galloway. Jack Hooper will end the session summarising the key drivers to success for NZ farmers.

LIC Chairman, and dairy farmer Murray King, will open after lunch, talking about how he grew a successful farming business. Sian Bushell, trained farm business facilitator, will then talk about how to make £1,000/hr decisions.

The fourth session brings together four recent Nuffield Scholars in a panel discussion, to give a worldwide perspective, summarise their key findings and debate how they will impact future farming in the UK. Robert Craig, recent winner of the Dairy Farmer of the Year award, will talk on the true cost of cheap food. Andrew Brewer, Cornish dairy farmer, will talk on promoting the dairy technician career. Jamie McCoy will speak on the opportunities for the family farm and Rhys Williams of Wales will speak on wealth creation in the dairy industry.

For further information and to book you place, contact the LIC office on 01725 553008.