LAA annual conference addresses Brexit and future industry opportunities

16th May 2017

Keynote speakers from across the industry will discuss the implications and opportunities for the red meat trade post-Brexit, during the conference of the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS), this week at Slaley Hall, Hexham.

Taking place from the 18 to 20 May, the 2017 conference will also include the general assembly for the European Association of Livestock Markets (AEMB), and also marks 200 years since the first registered livestock auction took place in the UK.

Having initiated the UK Livestock Brexit Group, to provide a robust framework for the future of the industry, the LAA has taken a lead role in bringing stakeholders together to help shape future policy post-Brexit.

Chris Dodds, executive secretary of the LAA explains, “During our annual conference, alongside our bicentenary celebrations, we will be addressing the potential opportunities and challenges that Brexit could create.”  

The conference programme begins with Phil Bicknell, market intelligence director at AHDB addressing delegates with a presentation on the implications for agriculture and trade after Brexit. Mr Bicknell will be followed by Stuart Ashworth, head of economics services at QMS (Quality Meat Scotland), as he discusses Brexit and the Scottish red meat trade.

Later in the day, Euro Quality Lambs’ (EQL) executive director Rizvan Khalid will be giving his perspective on future opportunities, whether a trade deal is in place or not. With its strong focus on Halal meats and carcass exports, EQL is the largest Muslim-owned lamb slaughterhouse in Europe.

The main conference sponsor is Shearwell Data, experts in animal identification and management systems. Other sponsors include CRS, Linda Scott Associates, Nexus, Atradius, Newsline ASP, Thomas Hayton Winkley, NBA, ice cube, QMS, Scotbeef and Red Tractor Assurance.

Mr Dodds concludes, “Livestock auction markets are pivotal to the supply chain, providing an open, transparent and competitive marketing forum for the red-meat sector. This week’s conference not only gives access to the latest industry updates since Article 50 was triggered but also provides UK auctioneers with the opportunity to meet and discuss the marketing of livestock with colleagues from across Europe.”

The conference programme also includes a visit to Hexham Livestock Market, a trip to a sheep and cattle farm in County Durham on Friday, and finally a tour to the Marleycote dairy herd in Hexham on Saturday.