The focal point of the show the ‘Dairy Hub’ is set to house the event’s featured speakers, seminars and workshops with our keynote speaker taking to the stage just after the official event opening.

The programme of speakers, some global, will cover the most topical issues currently highlighted within the industry so expect to hear more on AMR and the strategies required to help reduce its use; mega dairies and how they are using the latest technological advances; Brexit and its effects on labour, exports, milk price and access to markets; organics workshops and its place within the industry; the importance of soil/slurry/manure/water and forage testing and sampling, use of GPS mapping and the analysis of test evaluation.

The RABDF stand will adjoin the ‘Dairy Hub’ and will provide visitors with the chance for ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions with key industry figures and Council members.  We will also be championing all RABDF activity including policy work, the APPG, membership, farm walks, Gold Cup, Women in Dairy and conference news.

There will also be the opportunity to explore our work into the importance of overseas labour to the UK dairy farming sector and to find out exactly how we aim to have our voice heard within Government.

Seminars and workshops at Dairy-Tech are eligible for Dairy Pro points and registered Dairy Pro members can collect points which will be recorded against their personal and business profiles, giving recognition to their professionalism in dairying. To become a member register at the AHDB stand (B12) – Find out more about Dairy Pro


Official Event Opening on Barclays Stand

Mark Suthern, Head of Agriculture, Barclays

Sponsored by Barclays


Keynote Speech



Labour shortage – technology and innovation is the key

Tim Brigstocke, Policy Director, RABDF and Edward Lott, Kite Consulting

Sponsored by Kite Consulting


A vision for the organic milk sector

Featuring Speakers from Arla, Muller and OmsCo with a Q&A chaired by Chris Walkland

Sponsored by Hi Peak


Marginal gains using science and sampling

Chaired by Lord Curry with industry experts including:

  • Nigel Patrick, Managing Director of Cawood
  • Dr David Atherton, Managing Director of Thomson & Joseph
  • Richard Vecqueray, Managing Director of EBVC (Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy)

  •  Jamie Robertson – Livestock Management Systems Ltd, Research Fellow

Sponsored by Cawood 


Brexit and the UK dairy industry

Panel debate session with Peter Alvis, RABDF; Oliver McEntyre, Barclays; Peter Kendall, AHDB Dairy; George Eustice MP Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (invited) and chaired by Lyndon Edwards, RABDF.



Applied genomics for progressive dairies

Levi Gassaway, Washington State

Sponsored by World Wide Sires


Busting milk myths – how do we stay positive in the face of negativity?

Followed by Women in Dairy networking session

Dr Jude Capper, Livestock Sustainability Consultant and Dairy Industry Woman of the Year 2017



The Department of Dairy Related Wholesome Affairs

Christine Watts and Rebecca Miah

Sponsored by AHDB Dairy


RABDF Young Board vision

RABDF Young Board

Sponsored by Lely


Antibiotic Reduction: The Genetic Solution

Dr Steven Larmer, Global Dairy Solutions Coordinator, SEMEX and Dr Kristen Reyher, Bristol University

Sponsored by Semex


The vaccine journey and how to make it work for you

Paul Williams, Ruminant technical manager, MSD

Sponsored by MSD Animal Health


CalfTracker – Optimising the health and performance of your youngstock for the future

Kirsty Ranson, Westmorland Veterinary Group and James Robinson, Strickley Farm, Cumbria

Sponsored by XLVets





Sponsored by XLVets


The impact of calf rearing on her future productivity as a cow

Bianca Theeruth, Calf & Heifer Specialist, Cargill

Sponsored by Cargill