07/12/2021 19:30:00
HYB Panel - Negotiating Contracts
Starting in: 22 Days 13 Hours
07 December 2021
07:30PM - 08:30PM


The next webinar will take place on Tuesday 7th December at 7:30pm, and will follow a different format with a panel featuring industry experts. The panel is open to all.

Join HYB and industry experts for the Negotiating Contracts panel

  • Abi Reader, Dairy Farmer and NFU Dairy Board
  • James Osman, Chief Dairy Advisor NFU
  • Michael Masters, Head of Milk Supplies & Operations at Barbers Farmhouse Cheesemakers

The milk supply contract, which a dairy farmer holds, is often the most important contract which they have within their business, however, for many years these contracts have been a huge subject of concern for farmers. The result of the consultation in 2020 on the subject of dairy contracts, ensured that there would be a ‘fairer dairy supply chain’, and fix the imbalances that allows buyers to set and modify contracts at short notice. This subject can still cause worry and a lack of confidence within the supply base. This webinar opens the floor up to questions to those involved within the sector to provide some helpful points to take away and help to ensure you are getting the most from your contract, and understand its workings and your rights.

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Abi Reader 

Abi is a third generation dairy farmer from Glamorganshire, South Wales. Abi is the current chair of the NFU Cymru Milk Board along with being part of the NFU National Dairy Board, she is also chairperson of CHECS and co-founder of CowsOnTour. At home, Abi manages a 220-hectare farm featuring a mixed herd of 200 pedigree Holstein Friesians and Dairy Shorthorns and has hosted LEAF Open Farm Sundays since 2014.  In 2020, Abi was named Dairy Ambassador of the Year at the Cream Awards, and in 2021 was named Farmers Weekly Farming Champion of the Year, along with receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the dairy industry.


James Osman 

James Osman is the NFU’s National Chief Dairy Adviser.  James is from a farming background and was previously a County Advisor with the NFU before moving to be the Chief Dairy Advisor.  In his current role, James works on a wide range of issues affecting the dairy sector, this has included campaigning for the fairer dairy contracts both aligned and non-aligned.  More recently the NFU have worked on issues around Brexit, exports and carbon-foot printing.

Twitter: @NFUMilkMan

Michael Masters 

Michael has been Head of Milk Supplies & Operations at Barbers Cheesemakers since 2020, following on from holding their role as Milk Supply Manager from 2016 – 2020, and prior to this working for Direct Milk DPO Ltd for 12 years.  AJ & RG Barber (Barbers Cheesemakers) is a family-owned farming and cheese business, originally established in 1833.   Along with producing cheese, Barbers utilise there integrated manufacturing site to produce high quality whey protein powders for infant formula and food ingredients.  Barbers produce some 22,000 tonnes of cheese per year, in addition to butter and specialist whey protein powders.  They have over 100 different product lines and sell to more than 200 customers in over 20 countries.  

Twitter: @barberscheese


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