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NFU Scotland Conference and AGM

Our Annual Conference and AGM recently took place online across 2 days.

We would like to express our thanks to everyone who took part in another successful event - to the speakers for the knowledge, insight, and presentations you provided and to the audience for your participation and huge array of questions, Thank you.

#NFUS2022, may have concluded, however each of our sessions were recorded and available to you below.
 

 


NFU Scotland usually hold a collection for RSABI, however with the event being held online this year, we are unable to do so.  We would like to continue to support RSABI and would therefore encourage you to take a few minutes and make a donation online.

Please visit https://www.rsabi.org.uk/Donate 



 

Thursday 10 February


Session 1: 10:15 to 11:20

AGM, Welcome, Auditors Report, Re-appointment of auditors, CEO Report, Presidential Address - Click here to watch this session


Session 2: 11:30 to 12:30

UK trade policy what will it mean for Scottish farmers and the Scottish food & drink industry - Chaired by: President, Martin Kennedy.  Click here to watch this session

 


Martin Kennedy, President NFU Scotland

Martin is a tenant farmer in Aberfeldy, Highland Perthshire and farms with his wife Jane and three daughters.  They have 600 ewes and 60 cows on the farm rising from 800ft to 2,500ft.  Martin served two years as Highland Perthshire Branch chair, before representing East Central region on the LFA committee in 2009.  Martin went on to be Vice-Chair before chairing the committee for three years.  He was elected Vice-President in 2017 and elected as President in 2021.

  


Session Speaker:

 


Lord Offord of Garvel

Malcolm Offord is a Scottish businessman who was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to the Scotland Office in October 2021. He was born and educated in Greenock and graduated in Law from Edinburgh University in 1987 before embarking upon a 25 year career in The City of London. He returned to Scotland in 2014 and established the private equity boutique Badenoch & Co which invests in Scottish SMEs that focus on manufacturing their products at home and selling abroad. He is a regent of Edinburgh University and a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 



Session 3: 13:00 to 14:00

Rising Input Costs - How will food price inflation be handled by the supply chain - Chaired by: Vice President, Andrew Connon - Click here to watch this session

 


Andrew Connon, Vice President NFU Scotland

Andrew lives with his wife Pauline, son Andrew (22) and daughter Sarah (18). They run a small commercial sheep flock. Andrew was brought up on the neighbouring farm of South Quilquox - part of the family business of A M Connon & Sons still run by his father, two uncles and cousin.  Andrew has significant experience in farm management, agricultural finance and agricultural machinery. In the past 2 years, Andrew has been working with Hectare Agritech which runs the online marketplaces SellMyLivestock and Graindex.  He was elected a Vice Chairman of the Region in 2017 before taking on the North East Regional Chairman Role in Jan 2020. He was elected Vice President in February 2021.  




Session Speakers:



 


Robert Sheasby, Chief Executive of the Agricultural Industries Confederation 

Robert Sheasby appointed Chief Executive of the Agricultural Industries Confederation in May 2018.  The AIC is the trade association representing agri-supply in the UK.  Representing member interests across five sectors (Arable Marketing, Animal Feed, Crop Protection, Fertiliser and Seed) we ensure that through collaboration with stakeholders and in direct discussions with Governments across the UK the needs of AIC members are heard and acted on.  Robert has a career in agriculture having worked for the NFU prior to the AIC for 16 years and in private practice as a land agent before then.  Robert studied at Seale Hayne Agricultural College and is married to Anna and together they have three children. 

 

 

Andrew Faichney, Managing Director East of Scotland Growers

I’m Andrew Faichney and the Managing Director of East of Scotland Growers Ltd (ESG). We are a farmer owned cooperative operating within fresh produce where our 16 farms grow both conventional and organic broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, asparagus and onions - in the Scottish Borders, Fife, Angus and Perthshire. Our biggest market is the UK retailers, supplying both retail direct as well as through joint supply agreements. We also supply the processing sector, the wholesale industry and a small amount of export.

 


Session 4: 14:15 to 15:15

Addressing the Labour Crisis in the industry - Chaired by: Vice President, Robin Traquair - Click here to watch this session

Farming has a labour and skills shortage.  This problem is not unique to agriculture but is also faced by many industries across the economy.  How is this issue to be addressed.  Without a solution home produced food will decline.

 


Robin Traquair, Vice President NFU Scotland

Robin is a pig farmer from Milnerhall, Midlothian and farms with his wife Anna and they have three children.  He currently farms 350 indoor sows, taking stock from farrow to finish and selling the progeny through Scotlean, a farmer-based co-op of which Robin is a director.  In early 2000’s Robin became NFU Scottish Pigs Chair and also sat on the remunerations committee.  He is currently the Chair for Lothian and Borders since 2020.





Session Speakers: Lack of Labour what it means for the industry 



 


Iain Brown, Chair NFU Scotland Horticulture Working Group

Iain Brown farming at Easter Grangemuir Farm in the East Neuk of Fife 400ha employing 150 seasonal workers to harvest Strawberries and Broccoli. Presently Chair of NFU Scotland horticulture working group and Vice Chairman of ESG (Vegetable co-operative)


  

Gordon King, Executive Manager of Scottish Craft Butchers 

I am Executive Manager of Scottish Craft Butchers ( Previously the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Associations). We are the trade association for over 400 independent butcher’s shops in Scotland.

I have been in this post for 30 months. However, I have worked in the organisation for over 17 years. As a training assessor I have had the opportunity to see many young people develop into incredibly talented individuals in the meat industry.

Before this i worked in a family butcher’s shop for over 20 years, working with many sheep and beef farmers to bring the very best red meat products to the discerning consumer.



Session Speakers: Solution

 


Gerry McBride, Strategic Relations Manager, Skills Development Scotland

Gerry is the Strategic Relations Manager for the food and drink sector. With a strong and successful record of working in public sector organisations and influencing through partnerships, Gerry has extensive experience of developing and implementing strategy. A member of Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Board, with a focus on driving skills development within the sector and delivering the industry Skills Investment Plan. Gerry is also a member of the NFUS Skills for Farming Group. 


Session 5: 15:30 to 16:15

Talking to the public about farming - Chaired by: Next Generation Chair, Pete Moss - Click here to watch this session

 


Pete Moss, Next Generation Chair

Peter Moss is a suckler beef farmer, calving 160 Angus cross Shorthorn cows and finishing alongside his parents Brian and Hazel Moss on their family farm, Muckle Ocklester in the East Mainland of Orkney.

After studying agriculture at SAC Craibstone, Peter returned home and set up a renewables business selling and installing farm scale wind turbines in Orkney. Peter was involved in SAYFC including roles as Chairman of his Club and District, sitting on National Committee and the Agri Affairs Committee.

Other roles Peter has been involved in locally include President of the Orkney Agricultural Discussion Society and being a founding member of the local grazing group and is an extra-ordinary director for the Highland region of RHASS for the 2022 show year.

Coming to the end of his role as Chair on the Next Generation Committee Peter has enjoyed the chance to represent the views of the emerging generation of farmers and also working with the NFUS board on issues affecting the Agriculture industry in Scotland.

 

Session Speakers:

 
 


Cammy Wilson

Cammy is a 1st generation sheep farmer from Ayrshire currently running 850 breeding sheep on seasonal lets. 

3 years ago he started the YouTube channel ‘The Sheep Game’ where he posts weekly videos sharing his farming story and his subscriber count has grown to 45,000 with over 5.5 million total views. 



Wallace Currie

Wallace was brought up on a beef and sheep farm on the Isle of Arran, before leaving to undertake a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture and a MSc in Food Security. He returned to the family farm in March 2020 to help with lambing while furloughed and started posting videos and stories about food and farming on social media. This led to Wallace starting the Rural2Kitchen Facebook page in April 2020 and lecturing at SRUC. In January 2021 the first Rural2Kitchen podcast was released and a year later 35 interviews have been conducted with people from across the agricultural sector, including Adam Henson, Kevin Harrison, Palina Njardvik, Louise Allan, and NFU Scotland's Martin Kennedy!


Friday 11 February


Session 6: 09:00 to 10:00

The future of farm assurance - Chaired by: Vice President, Robin Traquair - Click here to watch this session

Love it or hate it farm assurance membership is necessary for supplying the market.  What does the future hold for farm assurance schemes.  How are the relevant to business and consumers and how do we ensure that they deliver the best value back to primary producers.

 


Robin Traquair, Vice President NFU Scotland

Robin is a pig farmer from Milnerhall, Midlothian and farms with his wife Anna and they have three children.  He currently farms 350 indoor sows, taking stock from farrow to finish and selling the progeny through Scotlean, a farmer-based co-op of which Robin is a director.  In early 2000’s Robin became NFU Scottish Pigs Chair and also sat on the remunerations committee.  He is currently the Chair for Lothian and Borders since 2020.




Session Speakers:

 


Kate Rowell, Chair Quality Meat Scotland

Kate Rowell took up the post of chair of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) in October 2018. A fifth-generation farmer, she runs a hill and upland farm near Peebles in the Scottish Borders with her husband Ed. 

A qualified vet, Mrs Rowell worked in a mixed practice in the North of England for eight years before she returned home to take over the reins of the family business. The Rowells run 75 suckler cows and around 800 sheep on the 750-hectare Hundleshope farm on the Haystoun Estate, where the family have been tenants for 150 years. 

As well as being a past QMS monitor farmer, Kate has been a member of the QMS board since 2015. She completed the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leaders programme in 2016 and was chosen as an Emerging Leader by the Oxford Farming Conference in 2018. 

Kate is a past President of Peeblesshire Agricultural Society, a member of NFU Scotland, life member of RHASS and member of NSA. She frequently volunteers with the Royal Highland Education Trust and also runs a Girl Guide unit  in Peebles. She also currently sits on the UK government Trade and Agriculture Commission.

 


Christine Tacon, Chair Red Tractor

Christine Tacon is best known as the first Groceries Code Adjudicator, a government regulator role she finished in October 2020. She achieved significant cultural change in her 2 terms of office, bringing greater fairness for producers supplying the UK’s largest supermarkets.

In January 2021, she was appointed chair of Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor) which manages and promotes assurance on behalf of the food industry.

She is also chair of MDS, a graduate recruitment and training business offering two years’ work experience and a qualification in management for future leaders of the food and fresh produce industry, and the BBC Rural Affairs Committee, which meets to inform producers and researchers about current rural activities. She runs the Women in Food and Farming network to help women in the industry develop their skills and confidence.

 

 

Andrew Moir, Chair Scottish Quality Cereals

Andrew Moir runs his own arable contract farming business near Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire

Andrew has just started his second term as SQC (Scottish Quality Cereals) Chair ensuring the 3200 members fulfil the provenance and food safety demanded by todays discerning buyers.

He has recently stood down as Chair of the Voluntary Initiative in Scotland and the machinery and labour sharing business Ringlink Scotland.

He is immediate past chair of Scotland’s Premier indoor winter farming event AgriScot.

Andrew also helped establish the current Monitor Farm initiative in Scotland and was a member of the AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds Board for two terms standing down in 2020 and is currently vice chair of SMRA (Scottish Machinery Ring Association).


Session 7: 10:15 to 11:00

Delivering financial support to farm business - Chaired by: Vice President, Andrew Connon - Click here to watch this session

Scottish Government set up the Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board (ARIOB), co-chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and NFUS President Martin Kennedy to develop a future support framework for Scottish agriculture that will make it more economically and environmentally sustainable.  A package of measures has been announced and will be trailed nationally.  Give your view on the direction of support.

 


Andrew Connon, Vice President NFU Scotland

Andrew lives with his wife Pauline, son Andrew (22) and daughter Sarah (18). They run a small commercial sheep flock. Andrew was brought up on the neighbouring farm of South Quilquox - part of the family business of A M Connon & Sons still run by his father, two uncles and cousin.  Andrew has significant experience in farm management, agricultural finance and agricultural machinery. In the past 2 years, Andrew has been working with Hectare Agritech which runs the online marketplaces SellMyLivestock and Graindex.  He was elected a Vice Chairman of the Region in 2017 before taking on the North East Regional Chairman Role in Jan 2020. He was elected Vice President in February 2021.  





Session Speakers:

 


Andy McGowan, Managing Director of Scottish Pig Producers

Andy McGowan is the Managing Director of Scottish Pig Producers, the pig marketing cooperative that plays a pivotal role in developing the pigmeat supply chain in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

He was the Head of Industry Development at QMS from 2002 until 2013 and has also worked in food and livestock genetics companies across Europe and Asia. Mr McGowan also sits on the Board of the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society, Scotland Food & Drink, scoteid.com Ltd, Wholesale Pigs (Scotland) Ltd and Pig Regen Ltd.


 


Tim Bailey, Chief Executive SAOS

Tim Bailey has been SAOS Chief Executive since March 2019. He has 25 years’ experience in the Scottish agriculture and food industry including 17 years in account management and leadership roles within food supply risk management businesses. In these roles he was responsible for managing business relationships and contract delivery across the UK food supply chain from farm assurance schemes to food processors and hospitality and food retailers. Prior to that Tim qualified as a vet at Edinburgh University spending 4 years in livestock practice in Lanarkshire working with dairy, beef cattle and sheep farming clients. He then worked for 2 years with biotechnology firm, PPL Therapeutics (who bred Dolly the Sheep), managing the health and welfare of 3,000 high-health sheep.

Tim lives on a smallholding in East Lothian with his wife and 2 sons where they have a 60 ewe performance recorded Suffolk flock supplying commercial tups into the sheep sector.


 


Anne Rae-MacDonald 

Anne Rae-MacDonald is fifth generation farming who with her husband Martin, runs the family’s farm in Easter Ross, growing spring barley, wheat and oilseed rape. She is a member of the Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board (ARIOB) and was part of the recent Farmer-Led Arable Climate Change Group.  She was also a member of the Women in Agriculture Taskforce which reported in 2019.

Anne is a director of Highland Business Services Ltd and represents the co-operative on the Council of Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) Ltd.  She has a keen interest in rural land management issues generally and is a board member of the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

Prior to returning to the family business in 2015, Anne had a lengthy career with SG-RPID spending the latter 10years serving as Principal Agricultural Officer for Highland Area and Knocknagael Crofting Bull Stud.


Session 8: 11:15 to 12:15

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon MSP - Chaired by: President, Martin Kennedy - Click here to watch this session


 


Martin Kennedy, President NFU Scotland

Martin is a tenant farmer in Aberfeldy, Highland Perthshire and farms with his wife Jane and three daughters.  They have 600 ewes and 60 cows on the farm rising from 800ft to 2,500ft.  Martin served two years as Highland Perthshire Branch chair, before representing East Central region on the LFA committee in 2009.  Martin went on to be Vice-Chair before chairing the committee for three years.  He was elected Vice-President in 2017 and elected as President in 2021.



Session Speaker:

 


Mairi Gougeon MSP

Mairi Gougeon MSP was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands in May 2021. She is responsible for islands, food and drink supply chain, agriculture, animal welfare and crofting and is the Co-Chair of the Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board with Martin Kennedy. She has been the MSP for Angus North and Mearns since May 2016 and was previously the Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment in 2018 and Minister for Public Health and Sport in 2020. Prior to being elected as an MSP, she was a councillor for Brechin and Edzell. 




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