Red Meat Prospects 2012

The first Northern Ireland Red Meat Prospects Conference was hosted by LMC on 29 March 2012 in Greenmount Agricultural College, Antrim. The conference theme was; The Great Economic Uncertainty – Opportunity or Threat for the NI Red Meat Industry. The event was chaired by James Campbell of the Irish Farmers’ Journal and speakers included economists and analysts specialising in the red meat sector. Over 100 delegates attended the event and feedback on the event was very positive.

Each of the speakers’ presentations are outlined below:

Richard Ramsay

Economist, Ulster Bank 2012 - Recovery, Recession or Depression Described by Jim Fitzpatrick, (BBC NI Business and Economics Editor), as "frighteningly accurate", Richard is one of Northern Ireland's best-known economic commentators. Richard covers all aspects of the NI economy, including financial markets, with particular focus on the UK economy. Richard also provides regular analysis to some of NI's largest companies and a range of leading business bodies. He regularly engages on behalf of Ulster Bank with policy makers and public representatives.

Rupert Claxton

Senior Consultant, GIRA International Outlook for Beef & Lamb Rupert has worked as strategy consultant in the food sector for Gira for the last 9 years, with a high level of specialization in global meat markets. Gira has a huge meat sector database, insight and intelligence network, having forecast on developments for over 30 years. Rupert briefed delegates on the trends in European and International Beef & Lamb demand and supply for 2012 and beyond.

Mark Thomson

Head of Scotland & Ireland, Kantar Worldpanel The GB Retail Landscape in 2012; What This Means for You! Mark has spent 10 years working within Kantar Worldpanel across both the consumer usage teams, as well as within the shopper research side. Mark is currently Business Unit Director looking after key clients across Scotland and Ireland. Mark has worked across all the main manufacturers and producers, along with key retailers including buying teams.

Trevor Lockhart

Chief Executive, Fane Valley & Chairman Linden Foods Growing a Business in an Uncertain Economic Environment As CEO of Northern Ireland's largest and most diversified co-op, Trevor is ideally-placed to brief delegates on the challenges of doing business in the current economic environment. Fane Valley now has a turnover in excess of £425 million, with over 1,700 employees with sites in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, England and Belgium, with significant red meat interests.

Stuart Ashworth

Head of Economic Services, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) GB Cattle and Sheep Supply Prospects Stuart joined QMS in 2003 and his team has responsibility for monitoring and reporting on the business environment facing the red meat sector in Scotland from market supply, demand and price trends through enterprise profitability measures and the machinations of trade flows to the impact of national, EU and global agricultural, environmental, economic and trade polices on the Scottish industry.

Mark Zieg

Beef Sector Manager, Bord Bia / Irish Food Board Livestock Supply Prospects in ROI Mark is the Beef Sector Manager with Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. He grew up on a beef finishing farm in Co. Limerick and graduated from Agricultural Science in University College Dublin. Joe previously worked in management in the meat industry and also spent a few years working as a beef nutrition advisor.

Conall Donnelly

Economist, Livestock and Meat Commission, NI NI Beef and Lamb Trade Prospects Conall takes responsibility for analysis of the NI red meat market and is editor of the LMC Bulletin and regularly briefs industry on a range of market issues. Conall briefed delegates on the supply situation in NI and provided an update of NI red meat export trends and local demand trends.