Meat chain changes and antibiotics on Nuffield conference agenda

Exploring changes in the red meat chain and looking at the use of antibiotics in poultry production are two of the key issues listed for debate during next month’s Nuffield Farming Trust Conference in Belfast.

The event was last in Northern Ireland (NI) 10 years ago, with the organisation’s NI group chairman, Campbell Tweed (pictured above), commenting that there have been a “few changes” to the Trust over the past decade.

“We’re continually evolving and moving forward,” he said, “together with our agricultural and related industries. This is clearly demonstrated by Scholars’ report titles, which are investigating relevant and progressive topics.”

Study topics for this year’s conference include:

  • facilitating change within the red meat chain;
  • building resilient, productive and profitable soils; and
  • questioning whether the UK poultry sector could ever say no to all antibiotics.

The event, which is due to run from November 25-27, also features a farm visit, presentations from each of the 2014 Scholars, an awards ceremony for the newly elected 2016 Scholars, the AGM and an evening dinner.

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