With an increase in tradespeople, size and initiatives, this year’s Dairy Show is looking likely to be the biggest and best yet.
Held at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet on Wednesday October 7 2015, for one day only, the show offers a platform to speak to tradespeople, battle it out in the show ring, get up to speed in Speakers’ Corner and build on technical knowledge.
With more than 300 trade stands present at the show, along with a live robotic milking demonstration, the show should be a great day out.
In the show ring, 300 cattle across six breeds will be competing for the prestigious interbreed dairy championship. There will also be calf and Junior Showmanship classes to encourage the exhibitors of the future.
Alan Lyons, head of shows at Bath and West Showground, says: “We’re very pleased to welcome the English Guernsey Cattle Society’s National Show, which will feature top breeders from across the country.”
The champion, along with the other five breed champions, will be judged by a panel of five experts who mark the entrants out of 10, with all competitors hoping for the elusive 50 out of 50.
Speakers’ Corner, supported by Farmers Guardian and Dairy Farmer, poses the ideal platform to discuss the current dairy crisis with leading industry experts. This element of the show gives the audience their opportunity to put their questions and ideas to the panel.
It takes place at 11.00am on the Dairy Farmer and Farmers Guardian stand and will see David Handley, chairman of Farmers For Action, Gwyn Jones, chairman of AHDB Dairy and Rob Harrison, NFU Dairy Board champion, take to the stage.
Mr Lyons says: “Dairy farming is in dire straits at the moment, with milk prices on the floor amid global oversupply. Farmers will clearly be keen to discuss milk prices with processors at the show, and the Speakers’ Corner offers an ideal platform for public debate on how to take the industry forward.
Making a premier at the show, the Cow Clinic will offer farmers advice on a range of bovine health matters.
Attracting 400 guests, the evening prior to the event will see NFU President Meurig Raymond address the Dairy Industry Dinner as the keynote speaker. This takes place after the showmanship and calf classes and culminates with the annual Dairy Industry Award and Dairy Vet of the Future award, which recognises the nation’s most promising veterinary students.
When: Wednesday 7 October, 2015
Where: Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN. The showground is easily accessible from the M5 and is situated along the A371 Castle Cary – Shepton Mallet Road, 25 miles from Bristol and 20 miles from Bath
Opening times: 8.30am – 5pm
Tickets: Advance saver tickets: adult - £14, student - £12; gate price – all tickets (no concessions) - £16
Shuttle buses: A free shuttle bus will pick up visitors from Bristol Airport and drop off at the show and return to the airport in the evening. To reserve your space and for more information please contact Josie Weller on 01749 822200.