Outlook Conference focuses on impact of free trade agreements on livestock sector

Published 1 February 16

AHDBGrouplogo _cmykexclusionThe impact of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) on the livestock sector’s global competitiveness will be in the spotlight Tuesday 9 February at One Great George Street, Westminster, London.

It will form the basis of a presentation by Andrew McLay, of Promar International, at the 2016 Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Outlook Conference. 

Hosted by the three livestock sectors of the AHDB, representing beef and lamb, pork and dairy, with AHDB Market Intelligence (MI), this year’s conference will explore Brexit and the implications for the livestock sector, the impact of free trade agreements (FTAs) on the sector’s global competitiveness. In the dairy break out session, Dr Anne Mullen, The Dairy Council and Ditte Hobbs, Reading University will present an outlook for the role of dairy in a sustainable diet.  

AHDB Chairman Peter Kendall will open the event, which will also feature a keynote presentation on the Referendum on UK membership of the EU by Professor Alan Matthews, of Trinity College, Dublin. 

Delegates will also have the chance to discuss market opportunities and issues during a question and answer session with industry experts. Separate breakout sessions will follow, providing an overview of the market outlook specific to each sector. 

Stephen Howarth, AHDB MI Market Specialist Manager and Outlook programme organiser, said: “Our livestock sectors compete in a global market and the keynote presentations at our Outlook Conference will provide an interesting insight into the impact of FTAs and UK membership of the EU. I would urge anyone with an interest in the trends and issues affecting our livestock industries to register to attend as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.” 

The AHDB Outlook Conference is an established event in the industry calendar, providing the ideal forum for supply chain planners and experts to hear about market prospects for the coming year and to discuss key issues. 

Places for the conference can be booked by visiting https://ahdboutlook2016.eventbrite.co.uk