Big Hitters Confirmed for Question Time Panel at AgriScot

SCOTLAND - Some of the biggest names in the dairy sector will be answering farmers’ questions at a debate organised by the Scottish Dairy Hub at this year’s AgriScot on 15 November.
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Event Chair Ken Rundle will be joined by First Milk CEO Shelagh Hancock, NFUS Vice President Gary Mitchell, AHDB Dairy Chair Gwyn Jones and independent Dairy Analyst and Journalist Chris Walkland.

Stuart Martin, who manages the Scottish Dairy Hub, explained why it was important to feature such a high profile panel.

"The Hub’s main job is to answer the questions of dairy farmers and we wanted to give them an opportunity to ask questions directly to industry figures they may hear about, but don’t have a direct line for, unlike the hub!

"I hope to see many dairy farmers, and others who work in the sector at the event. It should be a lively and exciting debate."

For First Milk’s recently appointed CEO Shelagh Hancock, it was an opportunity not to be missed.

She said: "The dairy industry is rapidly changing and the challenges and opportunities that brings are significant. It means that everyone in the supply chain – from farmers to processors and retailers – will need to be able to adapt to meet the future needs of the market.

"I was delighted to be invited to take part in the Dairy Hub question time event at AgriScot, where we’ll be able to debate these and I’m sure many other important issues."

Like the BBC programme Question Time, the organisers hope this session will tackle the issues most relevant to dairy farmers with those farmers dictating the debate.

Mr Martin says: "We won’t have a set agenda, but will be asking dairy farmers to email questions to the Hub ([email protected]) or tweet using the hashtag #DairyHubQT, and we’ll then be able to put many of those questions directly to the panel. Of course, they can still get involved the old fashioned way, simply by coming along and putting their hand up."

The Question Time event will run in Seminar Room 1 at AgriScot from 1.30pm – 2.30pm and is free to attend.

The Scottish Dairy Hub acts as a signposting service connecting the dairy sector throughout Scotland. It identifies the best sources of advice and training to improve dairy farm competitiveness, technical efficiency, sustainability and growth. Farmers can visit or phone Stuart directly on 07500 766 083.

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