BPEX: Making sense of volatile markets

The British livestock industry has been through a volatile time over the last year as a result of the turbulence in global commodity markets, but what does 2009 have in store?

Trying to make sense of it all can be a daunting task but that is what Outlook 2009 conference is aiming to do. The event is jointly hosted by BPEX and EBLEX and includes speakers of international repute.

The morning session will include Richard Brown of GIRA Consulting who will examine global corporate strategies in the meat industry. He will be joined by Prof Robert Pickard, Chairman of Which? to look at the place of red meat in a balanced diet and Defra chief scientific advisor Prof Robert Watson who will tackle the challenges facing the industry such as climate change, the environment, food production and security.

In the afternoon, parallel sessions will cover the outlook for the pig market and for cattle and sheep. Speakers here include Karsten Fleming, economic analyst for the Danish Meat Association and Padraig Brennan, senior business analyst with Bord Bia.

Head of the economic and policy analysis group for AHDB meat services Stephen Rossides said: “Last year dramatically highlighted the uncertainties and growing volatility on world markets and has also brought to the fore the issue of food security.

“While 2009 is likely to be calmer, important challenges remain and we shall seek to explore these together. Anyone seeking to make sense of these developments and challenges will want to be at Outlook 2009.”
Outlook 2009 takes place on Tuesday, February 3, at One Great George Street, Westminster. For further information contact Rita Webb on 01908 844302, email: rita.webb@ahdbms.org.uk.

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