Livestock conference to tackle Free Trade Agreements

The impact that free trade agreements (FTAs) have on the livestock sector’s global competitiveness is expected to be the main focus of discussion at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB’s) annual Outlook Conference next month.

Each of the levy board’s three livestock sectors; Beef & Lamb, Pork, and Dairy, alongside AHDB Market Intelligence (MI) will host the conference. 

“Our livestock sectors compete in a global market and the keynote presentations at our Outlook Conference will provide an interesting insight into the impact of FTAs and the UK membership of the EU,” said Stephen Howarth, AHDB MI market specialist manager and outlook programme organiser.

Peter Kendall, AHDB chairman will open the event, which will also include a keynote presentation on the referendum on UK membership of the EU by Professor Alan Matthews from Trinity College, Dublin.

Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to discuss market potential and other issues concerning the industry during a question-and-answer session with trade experts. Following this, breakout sessions will take place with the purpose of providing an overview of the market outlook specific to each part.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in the trends and issues affecting our livestock industries to register to attend as soon as possible to avoid disappointment,” added Howarth.

The conference is due to take place at One George Street, Westminster, London on Tuesday 9 February 2016. Places for the event can be booked by visiting

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