Becki Leach, Senior Consultant at Kite will be co-hosting this year’s debate with Stuart Martin, Manager of the Scottish Dairy Hub.
Like previous years, The Scottish Dairy Hub and Kite will deliver an expert panel to discuss the issues of the day. This year the line-up includes Robert Graham Managing Director at Grahams the Family Dairy, newly appointed chair of AHDB Nicholas Saphir and journalist and market analyst Chris Walkland. The panel has a wealth of experience on dairy supply chains at domestic, national and world levels. Their knowledge and experience surrounding issues on Brexit, Market Forces, and the challenges of Covid amongst other topics will ensure an insightful debate.
The Scottish Dairy Hub’s main role is to answer the questions of dairy farmers and we want to give them an opportunity to ask questions directly to industry figures they may hear about, but don’t have a direct line for. Working again with Kite this year will also give a great opportunity for a greater amount of knowledge exchange from previous events which will ensure a very informative event for farmersBecki is part of Kite’s Northern team which provide business services to the food supply chain, from farmer to retailer, and are widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading dairy consultancy companies.There are some very important issues on the horizon for dairy farmers in Scotland and this is a great opportunity to get some key messages across and listen to feedback from the farmers themselves.To have your questions put to the panel please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the event. Mark your email Agriscot 2020.
Chris Walkland is an agricultural journalist, market analyst and consultant specialising in the dairy sector. He has written for the main UK monthly magazines for around 25 years on all aspects of the dairy supply chain from primary production down on the farm through to the economics and politics at processor, retailer and consumer level. He also writes the fortnightly dairy market report for The Provision Trade Federation, and a monthly comment column on the industry in the British farming magazine British Dairying, among other articles, and is a regualar speaker on industry issues.Nicholas Saphir,Nicholas Saphir has a wide background in agriculture and horticulture, having built a public company farming, processing and trading fruit and vegetables in the UK, Europe, Southern Africa and South America. His dairy experience includes spending the last 18 years building the Organic Milk Producers’ Cooperative into becoming the world’s second largest dedicated organic milk cooperative with exports of cheese, butter and infant formula grade milk powders to the USA, EU and Australasia. He also has a long and successful record of chairing industry and government bodies in the food and farming sector, including being the chairman of the Central Council for Agricultural and Horticultural Cooperation, founder chairman of Food from Britain, president of the Fresh Produce Consortium and chairman of the Agricultural Forum.Robert Graham,Raised within a proud family that has farmed for five generations, Robert Graham brings an innate understanding of dairy farming and business development to his role as managing director of the Bridge of Allan-based Graham’s The Family Dairy founded by his grandfather in 1939. Robert joined the family farming and dairy business in 1991. The Graham family are proud of their agricultural roots and remain firmly committed to the highest quality dairy production. Today, Graham’s The Family Dairy produces an award-winning home-grown range of the highest quality food and drink which is all made using the finest Scottish ingredients from 100 specially selected farming partners who follow Graham’s key values of Family, Farming, Heritage, Provenance and Quality. From their family farm in the heart of Scotland, Graham’s has grown through three generations and is now proudly Scotland’s No.1 Chosen Food Brand.