Covid-19 sees online shift for women in dairy conference

The 2020 Women in Dairy (WID) Conference organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is moving online this year due to uncertainty surrounding social distancing measures brought in to control Coronavirus.

The conference is organised for women involved in the dairy industry and will take place on 30th September using a virtual conference facility.

The event, sponsored by HSBC, will run from 10-3pm and will consist of five sessions, including talks on the state of the dairy market, sustainability, animal health, and marketing.

The online event will also include a social event in the evening where the winner of this year’s Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award will be revealed.

Ticket sales are now open and cost £25 for the event and evening social. Members of Women in Dairy can attend at a reduced rate of £18.75.

Commenting on the move, WID conference organiser, Rachel Bowcutt said: “We are delighted the conference is still going ahead this year. After a prolonged period of social distancing, we hope the virtual conference will not only provide as much learning and thinking as before but will offer some much-needed social interaction.

“The online event will make it more accessible and for this reason, we hope to attract more women from right across the country,” she said.

Women in Dairy is an RABDF initiative, designed to bring women working in the dairy industry together through regional discussion group meetings. The aim is to connect women, share knowledge, develop skills, and inspire by encouraging innovative thinking and vision for the future of UK dairy.

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