Setting the tone for dairy in 2021

Semex are hosting a series of Webinars in early 2021 to carry on its role in setting the tone for the dairy sector for the year ahead despite having to cancel its annual Dairy Conference, due to take place in January.

Titled "I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Semex Conference", the webinars deliver on the sought-after facts and figures dairy farmers need to navigate their way through the year ahead.


The webinars are taking place from January through March 2021. Two have been recorded and are available to view. Here's what you can look forward to:

11am THURSDAY 4th MARCH 2021


Farming's role in the future of UK food production discussed by Stuart Roberts (Vice President, NFU), Ian Wright (CEO, Food & Drink Federation) and chaired by Ben Briggs (editor of Farmers Guardian).


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11am THURSDAY 4th MARCH 2021


Farming's role in the future of UK food production is discussed by Stuart Roberts (Vice President, NFU) and Ian Wright (CEO, Food & Drink Federation) and chaired by Ben Briggs (editor of Farmers Guardian).

International trade regulations are joining environmental concerns and changing consumer preferences in creating a perfect storm for dairy farming. Stuart, Ian and Ben bring their breadth and depth of farming experience in predicting the future of food and farming.

Stuart Roberts

Stuart farms 400 hectares in Hertfordshire and Kent with his wife and father. Along with combinable grain and eggs, the farm has a commercial Simmental/Hereford herd and pedigree Herefords.


Stuart has also worked for Defra and the Food Standards Agency, after serving on the boards of Red Tractor, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, and in several positions in the red meat supply chain.

Chair Ben Briggs

Ben Briggs is the Editor of Farmers Guardian and a Group Editor within parent company AgriBriefing. Editor of the weekly print title and website ( since March 2016, his role as Group Editor in AgriBriefing's UK portfolio sees him manage strategic delivery of titles such as Dairy Farmer and online machinery platform Lamma 365.


From a dairy farming background in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, he is a journalism graduate who began his career as a reporter at FG in 2004 before embarking on several years in the regional press, working on a large daily newspaper and also editing a leading business magazine.


He returned to FG at the end of 2010 as news editor. He is also a past chairman of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.

Ian Wright

Ian is Chief Executive of the Food & Drink Federation, the representative voice of the companies and trade associations which make up the UK's largest manufacturing sector. Before joining the FDF in March 2015, Ian spent 14 years with Diageo plc - the world's largest drinks business. He was the executive committee member responsible for its reputation as it became one of the world's most trusted and respected companies. Earlier, he worked for Boots The Chemist, Mars Confectionery and Pillsbury and had spells in consultancy and politics. In August 2015, Ian received a CBE for political and public service.


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