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Kite Consulting provide business services to the entire food supply chain, from farmer to retailer and are widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading dairy consultancy companies.

Kite Consulting John Allen, Becki Leach

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Kite Consulting provide business services to the entire food supply chain, from farmer to retailer and are widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading dairy consultancy companies.

    European Politics

    European Politics

    Will and Ben are joined this week by Erik Elgersma - founder and director of Strategic Analysis Services BV – a Dutch-based globally active consulting firm in strategy, market and competitive intelligence and training. Also with us is Kite Director John Allen, and Senior Consultant Becki Reay. As the new Labour government settles in here in the UK we thought we’d take a look at the political landscape elsewhere today, especially in Europe. We discuss the political changes happening across Europe and what this means for farmers. Erik gives us an update on the political situation in the Netherlands and a summary of the carbon tax policy and how this might affect Danish farmers. Chris Walkland gives his usual Milk Market report for this week.

    • 57 min
    Investing in your farm team - How to become a employer of choice

    Investing in your farm team - How to become a employer of choice

    Following Chris' report this week, Will and Ben are joined by Lancashire dairy farmer Ed Towers and Kite consultant Tillie Williams to discuss the importance of investing in people. Ed and Tillie address the challenges associated with labour in agriculture, noting that labour costs are the second-largest expense on a farm. They explore how investing in employee development and training can positively impact the business, even if the benefits are not directly financial, by improving the business retention and positively influencing recruitment efforts. Tillie also discusses how changes in government and the likely resultant policies may affect employment and recruitment efforts.

    • 36 min
    Live from Down to Earth 2024 - Grosvenor & regenerative dairy farming

    Live from Down to Earth 2024 - Grosvenor & regenerative dairy farming

    A very special episode and a Kite podcast first as we record with a live audience from Down to Earth at Grosvenor Farms. Starting with the usual report from Chris Walkland, Will, Ben and Becki are joined by Mark Roach, Managing Director and Charlie Steer, Arable Manager for Grosvenor Farms, Helen Dent, Senior Sustainability Consultant with Kite and Amy Jackson, Director Oxtale Specialist Communications to discuss regenerative dairy farming. Helen outlines what we mean when talking about regenerative agriculture, looking at the SAI’s regen ag framework and what regen might look like for different systems. Mark and Charlie discuss the important role large, housed herds play in sustainable circular farming, what this means in the context of regen and how the principles have been integrated at Grosvenor. Focusing on questions from the audience, Amy emphasises that every farm can do something towards regen and the importance of authentically communicating these positive changes and messages to the consumer via the supply chain, with simplified proactive messaging.

    • 47 min
    Olympic special with Olympic medallist Dr Anna Watkins MBE, Wendy Martinson OBE & Dr Judith Bryans

    Olympic special with Olympic medallist Dr Anna Watkins MBE, Wendy Martinson OBE & Dr Judith Bryans

    After Chris’ report, this week Will and Ben are joined by an impressive line-up with Dr Anna Watkins MBE, double Olympic medallist and two times World Champion in the women’s double scull, Wendy Martinson OBE, Technical Lead and Performance Rehabilitation Nutritionist at the UK Sports Institute as well as Dr Judith Bryans, CEO at Dairy UK to discuss the import role dairy nutrition plays with athletes. Anna describes her journey into elite rowing and the role that dairy plays as part of her diet when training for events like the Olympics. Wendy introduces her role as a nutritionist to these elite athletes and why the composition of dairy products like milk, specifically play such an important role in their diet, including its ease of access wherever they are in the world and the importance of protein rich foods, especially for post workout recovery. Judith explains how Dairy UK are working with people like Anna & Wendy to educate teachers & other influential professionals about diary nutrition & running consumer campaigns via social media.

    • 49 min
    Interrogating party manifestos for food security

    Interrogating party manifestos for food security

    After Chris’ report this week, Ben is joined by Chair of the NFU’s dairy board Paul Tompkins for mammoth manifesto discussion. Paul gives us an overview of the manifestos in terms of food and agriculture, drilling down into the different elements relevant for farmers including the budgets for food and farming and where parties mention food security, trade and exports, supply chain fairness, planning permission and environmental priorities to name a few. Paul also outlines what the NFU are doing in the background to educate MP’s on the challenges and priorities for British farmers, stressing the need for the new party to show joined up thinking so that farmers can be confident to invest in their businesses, comply with regulations and ensure food security for the future.

    • 47 min
    A post-spring milk flow, forage and feed update

    A post-spring milk flow, forage and feed update

    After Chris’ report this week, Will and Ben are joined by Paul Macer, Principal Consultant at Kite and Chris Davidson, Head of Procurement at AB Agri, to discuss milk flows, feed markets & the current forage positions across the country. Milk this spring was slightly lower than usual/predicted, so Paul discusses how outlook is looking now and into the autumn. With all first cuts now in the clamp & second cut completed or underway, Paul outlines what the quality and quantity is looking like and how the cash flow situation has impacted inputs, plus how farmers can look ahead to try and mitigate some for these extreme weather situations in the future in terms of feed and forage stocks. Chris gives us an overview of broader feed markets and along with the weather, what has been driving changes including the ongoing impact of the Russia/Ukraine war on exports of feed and touches on the incoming EU regs on soya with what impact this may have on UK farmers.

    • 43 min

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Fantastic podcast!

This is a fantastic and informative podcast, with topics and guests that are doing amazing work. Do not miss the episode with author Jayne Buxton! I highly recommend it!

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