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Women break down barriers in dairy industry

September 3, 2018 by  
Filed under News & Business

This year’s Women in Dairy conference will see speakers share their secrets on how to have a profitable business in the industy.

The conference – with the theme Breaking Barriers – will take place on 19 September at the Sixways Stadium, Worcester. It seeks to inspire and show delegates how they can carve a successful career in the sector.

Speakers include NFU president Minette Batters. She will address the implications of Brexit for the UK dairy industry – and the barriers that the sector must break as the UK leaves the European Union just a few months after the conference takes place.

Contract farmer Liz Haines, who left her city publishing job to embark on a career as a dairy producer, will explain how she earns more money in agriculture. Contract farming requires less capital investment and has the potential to offer a whole host of opportunities, she says.

The role of women in the sector is more important than ever – especially as farm businesses become larger, says Ms Haines. Women often bring a different perspective when it comes to managing staff, communication and financial and business planning – and farming can benefit, she adds.

Helen Rogers from Friars Moors Vets will explain that biosecurity must be regarded as a significant procedure across all farming sectors.  Using examples from her role as a vet, she will demonstrate why farmers’ outlooks on the topic need to be turned around – and how to do it.

For many within the industry, the perception surrounding biosecurity needs to change, says Ms Rogers. The way to do this is about positive messages and the benefits it has on animal health, which in turn, leads to higher efficiency and profitability.

Nuffield scholar Holly Beckett, from Focussed Farmers, will talk about mental health awareness in the farming sector. She will explain how to reduce stress – and how meditation can benefit both mental and physical health.

Even though the benefits of having a healthy body to prevent ill health are widely known – by drinking enough water, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet – the idea of nurturing our minds to prevent stress and ill health, is often overlooked, says Ms Beckett.

For further information and booking details, visit www.womenindairy.co.uk.

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