Building Resilience – Izzy Eames previews our GYS Breakfast Meeting

In this blog post, Izzy Eames, Knowledge Exchange Manager for AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and management board member of Future Farmers of Yorkshire previews the Future Farmers Breakfast Meeting at the 2023 Great Yorkshire Show.

Although Brexit changed the rules of farming, direct payment reductions have exposed the constants of farm business success.

Farmers have recently completed their Basic Payment Scheme applications.

However, 2023 marks the start of a period of major change, with the beginning of the phased removal of payments.

In addition, we continue to experience instability in markets, high input prices and uncertainty in weather patterns.

The Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s Wednesday Breakfast Meeting at the Great Yorkshire Show is a firm diary fixture and at the meeting we’ll look back at work that suggests there are eight characteristics top-performing farmers work hard to achieve to help build resilient farming businesses.

Such businesses have the capacity to better deal with volatility.

*The event is free of charge, however, either a valid show ticket or YAS membership is required to gain admission to the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Brilliant farmer panellists

Two of the panellists joining us are Philip Halhead, Lancastrian dairy farmer and director at Norbreck Genetics, and Becki Leach, farmer and senior consultant at Kite Consulting.

I have no doubt that the meeting will be expertly chaired by Caroline Horn, a partner and rural surveyor at George F White.

Recently, I spoke with Caroline about the meeting.

She shares the views of many: change and uncertainty bring challenges but offer opportunity and she is looking forward to discussing this with industry leaders at the meeting, which is kindly sponsored by George F White, AHDB and Oxbury Bank.

‘We are all beating the same drum’

As a Knowledge Exchange Manager for AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, I travel across the North-East and meet farmers from different sectors and farming systems.

Between the banter and camaraderie, conversations around costs, weather, volatility and retaining good staff are a constant.

We are all beating the same drum, and whilst it is easy to place blame on factors we cannot control, the characteristics we will be discussing are ones that sit firmly within our scope of influence on the farm.


Our expert speakers will help challenge your thinking.

We will work together to identify actions that require minimal investment but can provide maximum impact on farm business performance.

This meeting is certain to be thought-provoking, and if you don’t come out of it feeling inspired to make a positive change to your business or reassured by what you’re already doing, then the drinks are on me in the beer tent!

If you are passionate about the farming industry and want to be involved at the heart of one of the most thriving, forward-thinking groups in the country, we hope you’ll join us.

Come and have your say and put your questions to our expert panel.

Where and when?

The Future Farmers of Yorkshire Breakfast Meeting takes place on Wednesday 12th July at the GYS Stage, near Grey Gate.

Bacon rolls, coffee and networking will be on offer from 7.45am, with the panel discussion kicking off from 8.15am until 9.15am.

*The event is free of charge, however, either a valid show ticket or YAS membership is required to gain admission to the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Kind thanks to our Breakfast Meeting sponsors

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