With record breaking attendance of 11,500 passing through its doors last year, AgriScot is once again set to attract huge crowds from the Scottish livestock industry and beyond.
Taking place on Wednesday, November 18 at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, the one-day event will host upwards of 100 cattle, 150 trade stands, business seminars and technical demonstrations.
An abundance of competition winners will be announced, including the best new product innovation and the best pit and round bale silage.
Aspiring young agricultural professionals will battle out to secure the Business Skills award. Open to all 18 to 25-year-olds, applicants have submitted a CV and 250-word article on ‘Key business skills required by a new entrant into agriculture’.
Selected candidates will attend a regional heat involving a farm visit and finalists will assemble at AgriScot in the morning. The winner will receive £1,000 in prize money.
Once again, the prestigious AgriScot SuperCow and SuperHeifer titles will be awarded, with dairy cattle from across the UK making the trip to the Royal Highland Centre to compete.
Also being announced on the day is arguably one of the biggest dairying accolades in Scotland, the AgriScot Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year. The Scotch Beef Farm of the Year has once again attracted quality entries, with four finalists being interviewed over the next couple of weeks. Read the story of last year’s winner.
Making its debut at this year’s event will be the Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year.
Commenting on the new award, AgriScot chairman Andrew Moir says: “We are absolutely delighted with the quality of entries we received.
“Our Sheep Farm of the Year Award is about promoting positivity in the sector and showcasing and celebrating how farmers make the most of their farming systems.
Underlining its sheep and beef credentials, the event has appointed two new directors. Hamish Dykes, a Peeblesshire sheep farmer who provided a public insight into the world of sheep production when his family and farm starred in the BBC Lambing Live programme, will join the AgriScot board to further promote the interests of sheep farmers at the event.
To replace renowned Aberdeen-Angus breeder John Elliot, who is retiring after five years’ service, the board has appointed award-winning beef cattle producer Robert Neill. Mr Neill, who farms at Upper Nisbet, near Jedburgh, is a previous winner of the AgriScot QMS Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.
For the first time, this year’s judging of dairy cattle at AgriScot will be streamed live online.
A new sponsorship package has been established with Anpario to support the filming and live streaming of the entire day’s programme.
Watch the show at www.agriscot.co.uk.
When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Where: The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
Facilities: Free entry, parking and catalogues; a free cup of coffee in Strathmore Restaurant, Lowland Hall, and Upland Hall Cafe before 10.30am
Fast track: To save time queuing on the day, register online in advance at www.agriscot.co.uk
Dogs: Only guide dogs will be admitted into exhibition halls