Scottish Beef Event - Schedule of event

6th June 2023

Scotland’s Beef Event 2023 will take place on Tuesday 6th June 2023, and will be hosted by Dalswinton Estate, Dumfries, DG2 0XZ.

Dalswinton Estate supports a suckler herd of 550 Aberdeen Angus and Shorthorn cross suckler cows producing yearling calves. All progeny are either finished on the farm or sold as forward stores, depending on market conditions and available space. Cows are crossed with mainly Charolais, also Aberdeen Angus and Shorthorn bulls to breed replacements. 



9 am - Event opens to the public

10:15-10:30 Opening Ceremony

Fergus Ewing MSP - Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy from 2016 to 2021

Brian Richardson - Head of Agriculture Virgin Money

Paul Ross - Scottish Beef Association Chair


10:45-11:45 Agricultural Support Beyond 2023

Chair for Session One - Michael Walker - Drumbuie Farms, Dumfrisshire

Steven Thomson - Scotland's Rural College - Predictions for Future Policy

Brian Richardson - Head of Agriculture Virgin Money - Financial Support

Professor John Gilliland - Director of Agriculture & Sustainability


12:00-13:00 Sustainable Farming in Theory

Chair for Session Two - Robert Gilchrist - CEO Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society

Ian Hamilton - Director Vytelle - Breeding for Sustainability

Dr Tom McNeilly - Moredun Head of Science - Cattle Health Planning - Reducing Emissions - Reducing Cost

Emma Kerr - Scottish Woodlands - Treed and Peat - Their role in Carbon Sequestration


14:00-15:00 Sustainable Farming in Practice

Chair for Session Three - Paul Ross - Chair Scottish Beef Association

Steven Sandison - Orkney Realistic KPI's in suckler cows

Jamie Leslie - Shetland - Cost reduction and improving profits

Matt Griffin - Peebles - The effect of regenerative practices

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