Kite Consulting

Kite Consulting podcast is designed for the farmer to retailer, they talk about the food supply chain.

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Welsh Farming and Sustainable Farming Scheme

Welsh Farming and Sustainable Farming Scheme

How is climate change impacting food security and farm resilience?

How is climate change impacting food security and farm resilience?

After Chris’ milk market report, Will and Ben are joined by not one but two of the Kite team; Hayley Campbell-Gibbons, Head of Sustainability and consultant Emma McAvoy alongside Jason Bayley, a Staffordshire dairy farmer. They share their thoughts on the highlights and mood at Dairy Tech this year where they were also speaking about the effects and impact of climate change on farm. Emma and Hayley discuss a recent survey of farmers which shows the extent of the issue with Jason talking though the challenges he has faced and what investments he’s made to plan for and mitigate. In highlighting these challenges and TCFD requirements for the supply chain and considering the potential threat to milk supply and food security, Hayley reminds listeners that this must be addressed and funded by the whole supply chain..
Endless possibilities – Incorporating SFI into productive dairying

Endless possibilities – Incorporating SFI into productive dairying

Following Chris Walklands milk market report, Will and Ben are joined by Ollie Blackburn; farm manager of Dillington Farms, part of the Dillington Estate in Somerset, and Kites Senior Sustainability Consultant Helen Dent. Helen gives an overview of current sustainable farming incentive schemes that are available now, and any changes over the next few years. They discuss how these have been incorporated into Ollies 300 cow unit and how environmental management has helped the farm both in terms of the natural environment and the overall business.
The Future of Dairy: with first generation farmer, Matt Stephenson & CEO AB Agri, José Nobre

The Future of Dairy: with first generation farmer, Matt Stephenson & CEO AB Agri, José Nobre

This week after Chris’ market report and own experience of Semex, Will and Ben are joined by José Nobre, CEO at AB Agri and Matt Stephenson, a dairy farmer from Cumbria for a debrief on their experiences of the Semex conference and discussion about the future of dairy. José outlines the challenges facing the industry and how some of these might be addressed, especially through a more circular approach to farming and a collaborative approach to selling the nutritional benefits of dairy to feed the world. Matt describes his journey into becoming a dairy farmer and how they overcame challenges with the help, advice and inspiration of others, as well as his vision for the future including investing in staff and growing the business sustainably.
Genetic strategies- striving for excellence

Genetic strategies- striving for excellence

After Chris’ milk market report this week, Will and Ben are joined by Rhona McAlister, Precision Animal Health Commercial Manager at Zoetis and Rose Jackson, Head of Genetics at Kite to discuss genomics. Rhona outlines how genomic testing has impacted the sector over the last 10 years in the UK, in terms of the value being placed on genomic testing to breed profitable, long-living, healthy and sustainable animals. Rose explains how to navigate through all the information on animal selection and why it’s important to find the right index that fits with your ultimate breeding goals. They also discuss how this ties into antibiotic reduction and why the industry should still be taking this seriously.
Dairy outlook and farmer sentiment for 2024

Dairy outlook and farmer sentiment for 2024

For our first podcast of 2024, we start with Chris’ report and what the New Year brings for the markets. Ben is then joined by Philipp Goetz, Lead in Product Development at IFCN and Edward Lott, Director at Kite for a round up of dairy ’23, reflecting back on how it performed before taking a look at the year ahead. They discuss thoughts on Cost of Production, what is likely to most influence costs this year and where the pressures sit. Philipp talks data and experimenting with Artificial Intelligence for future figures as well as the role of farmer sentiment.

Dairy marketing & the new Let's Eat Balanced Campaign

Dairy marketing & the new Let's Eat Balanced Campaign

Arla brands and business performance

Arla brands and business performance

After Chris’ milk market report this week, Will and Ben are joined by Jonathan Dixon (JD), Senior Vice-President in Sales for Arla and Becki Leach, Senior Consultant with Kite. JD gives us an overview of consumer demands that have been driving product purchasing and innovation and how this has affected Arla brands and business performance over the last 18 months. He discusses with Becki the signs of recovery both in sales and milk price and what more to expect in 2024.
Past, present & future of Dairy & data

Past, present & future of Dairy & data

After Chris’ milk market report this week, Will and Ben welcome Andy Warne who has been Managing Director at National Milk Records since 2002 as he announces his retirement. Andy discusses the past, present and future of his career, the NMR business and wider dairy industry and along with John, he shares his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities for the business and sector going forward. Discussing new products, innovations and technologies, along with the opportunity to collaborate more, utilise data better and deliver against sustainability objectives.

Bio of Kite Consulting

Kite Consulting, led by John Allen and Becki Leach, is a prominent business services provider in the food supply chain industry. With a strong focus on the dairy sector, Kite Consulting is widely recognized as one of the leading dairy consultancy companies in the UK.

Their comprehensive range of business services covers the entire food supply chain, from farmers to retailers. Kite Consulting takes pride in its practical and innovative approach, delivering valuable advice and solutions tailored to the specific needs of its customers.

Through close working relationships with their clients, Kite Consulting's team of consultants builds a deep understanding of their customers' businesses. This enables them to provide practical and imaginative advice that drives success and enhances the performance of their client's operations.

At Kite Consulting, the philosophy is centered around the success of its clients. They believe that their own success is directly linked to the success of their customers.

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