Following the very successful launch of the Farmers Club Monday Evening Lecture series in January the Club is delighted to announce that the second Lecture will be held on Monday 13th April 2015 when Graeme Smith, General Manager of leading feed ingredients company Alltech UK, will speak on the theme of:
Feeding farm animals – 2025
The Monday Evening Lecture series is open to all members and aims to build on what our founder, William Shaw intended for the Club, that is, to be a place where the farming issues of the day are debated.
“It is almost impossible to exaggerate the pace of growth and change in animal feed,” says 2015 Club Chairman, Anne Chamberlain, whose own career has been in the feed sector for the past 18 years. “I wished to include a lecture that revealed some of the exciting innovations in feed technology and research, such as nutrigenomics and cultivation of algae; and which also reflected the international nature of the sector and the issues it has to address – from sustainability and social impact, through competition for land from direct food crops and energy crops to food chain safety assurance and demand for healthier diets.”
Alltech is the only privately held company among the world’s top-10 animal health companies, and has recently seen annual sales growth of 20-25%, with a global sales goal of $4 billion by 2016.
Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, it uses innovative yeast fermentation, enzyme technology, algae and nutrigenomics to add nutritional value to food and feed. It has more than 3,500 employees and is present in 128 countries, with 43 production facilities around the world and major Bioscience Centres in the U.S. and Ireland.
Before taking up his current position Graeme was a regional technical sales manager with Alltech, having started his career with BOCM Pauls after securing a BSc (Hons) at Harper Adams. He is based in Somerset and an avid cyclist and Level One Rugby Coach for Wellington Rugby Club.
Time, Place & Booking
The lecture will take place in the Committee Room of The Farmers Club starting at 6.30pm and will last in total for an hour, including questions. The event is free, and will include a glass of wine. If you would like to attend, and in order for us to have an idea of numbers, please either book on-line here or contact Mrs Lynne Wilson, our Meeting & Events Manager on 020 7925 7100. After the lecture why not take the opportunity to dine in the Club and enjoy our new seasonal menu? If you would like to, please ensure you book a table in advance as our reputation for quality has created a high demand.
Look out for details of the 3rd Farmers Club Monday Evening Lecture scheduled for Monday 6th July 2015 and a special address from NFU Deputy President Minette Batters at the open-to-all AGM luncheon at the Club on Tuesday 7th July.