Thursday 30th May 2019
Scotlands Beef Event

Seminar Panel

Ken Rundle
Chairman
Ken Rundle is an award-winning agricultural journalist who left teaching to produce and present BBC Scotland's "Scottish Farming News" daily radio programme from Aberdeen. Then, as Rural Affairs Correspondent and later with Landward, he continues covering issues affecting rural life including BSE and Foot and Mouth. After leaving the BBC he worked for SAC, now SRUC, and is now freelance.
Peter Cook
Peter Cook heads the Foot, Drink and Agriculture team within private sector led and funded economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE). Peter previously ran his own rural consultancy business (2 Mennue Cooks Ltd) and started his career in SAC. Peter has farmed in Aberdeenshire throughout his career.
Colin Clark
Colin hails from Thomastown, Auchterless and graduated from Heriot-Watt University. Aged 24, Colin bought into a Lincolnshire company selling fresh produce to the supermarkets. Spending a decade building up the business he sold it in 2003. In 2005 Colin took over the family farm along with other NE business interests. Following a lifetime interest and passion for politics, Colin won the Gordon seat in 2007.
Brian Richardson
Brian has 35 years experience in Agribusiness, having had key roles with JSR Farms Ltd, Woldmarsh, Harrison and Hetherington Group and currently as Head of Agriculture with CYBG. Brian is a Nuffield Scholar having researched agricultural cooperatives. Brian is passionate about staff development and at JSR Farms and H&H Group developed management training schemes that were successful in bringing young people into the business and developing their potential.
Kate Rowell
Kate Rowell took up the post of chair of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) in October 2018. A fifth-generation farmer, she runs a hill and upland farm near Peebles in the Scottish Borders with her husband Ed. A qualified vet, Mrs Rowell worked in a mixed practice in the North of England for eight years before she returned home to help run 75 suckler cows and around 800 sheep on the 750-hectare Hundleshope farm on the Haystoun Estate, where the family have been tenants for 150 years. As well as being a past QMS monitor farmer, Kate has been a member of the QMS board since 2015. She completed the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leaders programme in 2016 and was chosen as an Emerging Leader by the Oxford Farming Conference in 2018.
David Watson
David Watson, farms in partnership with father Pete and brother Adam at Darnford, Durris, near Banchory. They have a mixed farm totalling 1200 acres with 570 acres of arable and a hard of 440 Salers cross cows. The Salers heifers are crossed with Salers and Hereford bulls for replacements while the cows are crossed with mainly Charolais bulls with all progeny finished on the farm or sold as forward stores depending on market conditions. David also has a small pedigree herd of Salers and bulls are sold at Stirling, Castle Douglas and Thainstone. Bulls from the herd have sold to 7800gns and at this year's February sale at Stirling, two bulls took the reserve senior and reserve junior championships. Darnford was named Scotch Beef Farm of the Year in 2015.