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AHDB Dorset Conference Highlights Supply Chain Value for farms post Brexit

1 November 2017

This regional conference will address the importance of UK farms being and remaining competitive in the market place and more connected in supply chains.  Aimed at farmers and growers, the day will focus on three essential areas of knowledge (supply chain, cost of production and consumer trends) that will help drive agricultural businesses forward and support growth.

Taking place on 27th November 2017 at the Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester, the chairman is George Streatfield from Denhay Farms who will welcome delegates following registration at 14.45. 

The key note speaker is Harriet Wilson, Senior Agricultural Manager, from the Co-op.  Harriet will explain their strategy to source solely UK meat and the importance of a connected supply chain, supply standards, consistency and volumes through two-way retail farmer relationships.

Jack Watts, AHDB’s Lead Analyst (Cereals & Oilseeds), will highlight the importance of knowing your cost of production in order to quantify and negotiate the value of products and hence the margin that can be generated in a supply chain. 

Jack said: “It is supply chains and not individual businesses that increasingly compete in a global market and knowing where to target effort in order to compete will be vital for farmers and growers.”

Completing the conference is Steven Evans, AHDB Consumer Insight Manager, who will focus on current and predicted consumer trends, why farm businesses need to be aware of them and the  challenges and opportunities in meeting the needs of the modern consumer.

Luke Rake, Kingston Maurward College Principal, will close the conference formalities at 6.00 pm and then join delegates for a networking supper of locally sourced sausages and mash.

For more information and to book your place please click here

Notes to Editors

AHDB is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We equip the industry with easy to use, practical know-how which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and improve their performance. Established in 2008 and classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body, it supports the following industries: meat and livestock (cattle, sheep and pigs) in England; horticulture, milk and potatoes in Great Britain; and cereals and oilseeds in the UK. AHDB’s remit covers 72 per cent of total UK agricultural output. Further information on AHDB can be found at

Based near Dorchester, Kingston Maurward College offers inspiring and challenging education and training opportunities to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to succeed in life and work.

Offering full- and part-time courses, higher education and Apprenticeships, the College is set in a stunning 750 acre estate complete with a Georgian house, commercial farm, laboratories, training areas, animal science centre, indoor and outdoor equestrian arenas, state of the art plant production units and Agri-tech facilities.

Course areas include agriculture, countryside management, equine, animal welfare & science, foundation learning, construction, horticulture, military preparation, unformed public services, blacksmithing & welding, floristry and outdoor adventure.


For further information contact Gill Stephenson, Senior Marcomms Manager on 024 7647 8733 or email (link sends e-mail)

For out of hours enquiries,call AHDB press office on 024 7647 8800 or email (link sends e-mail)


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