Ethical Farming Conference Update

Sat, 02/02/2019 - 20:52pm

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Ethical Farming Conference: Scalable Sustainable Solutions

Thursday 16th May 2019, Rainton Farm in South West Scotland.

Tickets: £100 +VAT.  Booking will open 22nd February. 

There will be 10 free of charge places available for young researchers or new entrant farmers. Application details are on the conference website

Keynote Themes:

Pasture & Soil Carbon Sequestration

  • Keynote speech by Emry Birdwell & Deborah Clark, regenerative farmers from Texas.
  • Followed by presentations and a panel debate on soil and carbon. 

Nutrition & The Changing Market & Circular Economy

  • Keynote speech by nutritionist Dr Zoë Harcombe.
  • Followed by presentations a moderated Q&A on the changing market place. 

The afternoon sessions will cover topics including high animal welfare, society and fair work.  Other confirmed speakers will include Nick Barnard of Rude Health, Prof Sarah Skerratt of SRUC, Mary Clear co-founder of Incredible Edibles, Denise Walton of Peelham Farm, Prof Francoise Wemelsfelder,  Prof Christine Watson, David Finlay of The Ethical Dairy and industry organisations including the Pasture for Life Association.

The programme will incorporate an extended networking lunch session which will include tasting sessions, demonstrations and performances. A buffet lunch will showcase sustainably produced food. This will include red meat and dairy, however vegan lunch options will also be available. 

There will be opportunities to meet all four businesses co-hosting this conference. These are Mossgiel Dairy, Peelham Farm, Rainton / The Ethical Dairy and Whitmuir Organics.  Delegates will also have the opportunity to see first-hand the commercial cow with calf management on Rainton Farm with farm tours led by David Finlay.

There will be a small exhibition area for businesses and organisations to book a display stand space. If you are interested in a display stand space please contact to discuss requirements.

There will be an additional optional evening meal and ceilidh at nearby GG’s Yard.  Details and booking information to follow.

Please note, this event is being run on a not for profit basis. Delegates will be invited to decide whether an Ethical Farming Conference or future industry initiated events addressing consumers concerns should be organised on a regular basis. Any funds remaining after covering event costs will go towards supporting future industry events and knowledgesharing.


Ethical Farming Conference is supported by the Connect Local Regional Food Fund, which is financed by The Scottish Government, in partnership with industry, and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Ambition 2030. (