The NBA is focused on the future of beef

Christine Middlemiss, UK’s Chief Veterinarian, Professor Alice Stanton, renowned expert on the health benefits of red meat, and MP Daniel Zeichner will speak at the NBA Beef Expo seminars

The expert panel includes Will Jackson, Director of Beef and Lamb Strategy at AHDB, Independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant, Dr. Jude Capper, Sarah Tomlinson, MRCVS, Technical Director of Consulting Services TB, and she is a member of the bTB Partnership and Sophie Throup, Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing for Wm Morrison PLC, and Boehringer Ingelheim’s Ruminant Veterinary Advisor, Kath Aplin.

Faced with significant challenges and change, the UK beef industry must adapt quickly to thrive in today’s society, and these global experts will lead a series of seminars exploring current beef industry issues. industry, including sustainable beef production and its benefits to human health, future government support for agriculture and animal welfare.

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This year, the NBA Beef Expo takes place on Saturday, May 28 at the Darlington Farmers Auction Mart. The topics on the agenda have been designed to provide farmers with the information they need to navigate an uncertain future and to tackle these important issues head on.

“Our industry is subject to endless scrutiny and challenges – and rightly so – when it comes to sustainable food production and dietary requirements,” commented NBA CEO Neil Shand. “This year’s seminars aim to provide insight into both the benefits of red meat as an essential part of a balanced diet and environmental advances in production.

“Our speakers will provide their insights on several topics, including an overview of sustainable purchasing, net zero retail goals, improving the health and welfare of the national herd, and the value of security. We will also welcome a representative from the Shadow Agriculture department to discuss Labour’s ambitions for future support.This year’s seminars are intended to be informative and open to debate, and we look forward to welcoming all of our speakers to the podium. »

Professor Alice Stanton, who has done invaluable work within the beef industry on human health, will focus on the concerns surrounding red meat consumption and its potential impact on welfare in a seminar titled ” Sustainable Beef Sourcing, Production and the Benefits for Human Health’ At the forefront of the ongoing conflict between consumers, producers of plant-based alternatives and the meat industry, Alice is leading the way in the research supporting the health benefits of red meat, while challenging misinformation and unreliable evidence, holding accountable those who promote such findings.

The first seminar on ‘Supporting Future Agriculture’ will have a keynote speaker from the AHDB, as well as John Powell, Head of Agricultural Sectors at DEFRA, and MP Daniel Zeichner, who currently sits on the EU Front. opposition as Shadow Minister for Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Affairs. They will discuss potential support for industry members as we navigate uncertain times with the loss of BPS and the introduction of ELMS and other funding potentials.

Daniel Zeichner said: “Beef farmers are facing a perfect storm of uncertainty, with changes to support payments, rising fuel and input costs, local red tape and concerns over trade agreements. Labor will support the sector through our plans to buy, make and sell more in Britain. We will negotiate trade agreements that promote the UK’s high food standards and enshrine our food standards to ensure that UK agriculture leads the way in the world based on fair competition.

Leading the third part of the Animal Health and Welfare program is the UK’s Chief Veterinarian, Christine Middlemiss. Appointed in 2018, Christine had previously acted as CVO in New South Wales, Australia, where she led major biosecurity improvements across many agricultural sectors. This work included the implementation of new outcome-focused and risk-based biosecurity legislation, online animal certification processes, improved evidence and risk-based disease control approaches. . Prior to her move to Australia, Christine led DEFRA’s animal traceability and public health policy team.

A fourth seminar will offer visitors the opportunity to “MEAT the NBA Team” who will take stock of their strategies to help the industry and their intentions moving forward.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Support for Future Agriculture

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sustainable beef sourcing and production and human health benefits

13:30 – 14:30 Animal Health and Welfare

15:00 – 16:00 MEAT the team

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