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Show could be biggest yet, say UK Dairy Day organisers

July 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Livestock

Final preparations are under way for next month’s UK Dairy Day event – and organisers hope the dedicated annual one-day dairy industry showcase will attract even more visitors than last year.

Last year’s event attracted a record 8,422 visitors. Held in early autumn, when producers are making plans and decisions for the coming winter, the 2018 event has additional significance because it takes place just seven months before the UK is due to leave the European Union.

With many questions about Brexit still unanswered, even more visitors than last year could flock to the free-to-attend event, which is due to take place on Wednesday, 12 September, at the International Centre, Telford, Shropshire.

Full programme

But organisers Holstein UK already say there will be something for everyone at the 2018 event. It will include UK, European and international trade stands, practical dairy-related demonstrations, a seminar programme and livestock classes.

The full programme will be released some time during mid-August, says UK Dairy Day spokeswoman Rachel Bowdler. It will include the National Brown Swiss Show, an excellent range of speakers and top cattle judges, including Angelo Pozzatti from Italy.

“Demand for trade stand space has been fantastic and we have a diverse mix of over 300 businesses exhibiting.  Like last year, entry to the event is free, there is no ticket required – simply turn up at the entrance where you will be provided with a wristband prior to accessing the event.”

Livestock classes

This is the show’s fifth year. As well as the National Brown Swiss Show, it will feature the National Holstein Show, National Ayrshire Show and classes for Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey and Jersey breeds. The cattle show manager and chief steward for 2018 is Lynden Bustard.

The first floor at the International Centre will feature a dedicated Sharing Knowledge Zone. This will include displays promoting industry initiatives, training providers and charities; a careers board; and seminars sponsored by XL Vets with presentations on topical subjects.

Practical demonstrations will include a calf-rearing zone sponsored by Volac; NBDC Type Classification and linear scoring demonstrations; practical foot trimming and knife sharpening displays by Tim Carter, David Rowe, Ema Glaze and Andrew Tyler.

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