Rooker to speak at Outlook Conference

Defra minister Lord Rooker will deliver the keynote speech at the Meat and Livestock Commission's highly regarded Outlook Conference.

Entitled "Making Sense of Uncertainty", the 2008 conference will be held at One Great George Street, London on Tuesday 29 January comprising a morning conference and two afternoon sessions focusing in detail on the pig sector and the cattle and sheep sectors.

Key speakers at the event are Mike Coupe, trading director at J Sainsbury, Tara Garnett, coordinator of the Food Climate Research Network and John Nalivka, the leading US industry consultant.

The conference, which will include a question and discussion session, will be chaired by MLC chief executive Richard Lowe and delegates will be welcomed by MLC chairman Peter Barr.

The afternoon parallel sessions, at which MLC will present its latest market forecasts, will be chaired by Richard Ali, chief executive of the English Beef and Lamb Executive and Stewart Houston, chairman of the British Pig Executive.

Head of policy at MLC Stephen Rossides said: "The Outlook conference is forward looking, exploring the drivers shaping our industry in the longer term. We aim to encourage participants to think about how they can respond to challenges and seize potential opportunities in an uncertain world. With a line-up of stimulating speakers, Outlook '08 promises to be a classic."