With this year’s Dairy Show less than two weeks away, Katie Jones looks at what visitors can expect at the event.
The one-day Dairy Show, held at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, combines a comprehensive trade show with an exhibition of top quality dairy cattle.
The show attracts more than 300 trade stands and more than 300 cattle, representing the six main breeds, compete in the livestock classes, which also includes classes for calves and junior showmanship to encourage the exhibitors of the future.
The classes culminate in the judging of the inter-breed, where a panel made up of all the five breed judges mark the entrants out of 10, with all competitors hoping for the elusive 50 out of 50.
The event is an opportunity to network and also hear the latest ideas through a range of seminars and guest speakers.
The Dairy Show will be hosting the dairy industry dinner on Tuesday, October 1, at which the dairy industry award will be presented.
The award is made to an individual who has made the greatest contribution towards the development of the dairy industry.
■ Where: The Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN
■ When: Wednesday, October 2, 8:30am to 6pm.
■ Tickets: Advance tickets, adult - £15, college student – £13. On the gate – £17
■ More details: Visit bathandwest.com/the-dairy-show
■ The Dairy Show is registered with Dairy Pro
Seminars at this year’s Dairy Show will focus on the latest technology of housing cattle.
■ 11-11:20am and 1-1:20pm: Is she happy in her environment? The impact of housing on feed waste and input utilisation – Louise Clarke, Alltech ruminant manager (South West)
■ 11:30–11:50am and 1:30-1:50pm: Future dairy and agri-tech revolution – Duncan Forbes, dairy research director, Kingshay
■ 12–12:20pm and 2-2:30pm: The best of outdoors, indoors. A breath of fresh air – Matt Sellers and Mike Bryan, Galebreaker Group
■ 12:30–12:50pm and 2:30-2:50pm: Where is the value in pre-wean environments and management – Mike Steele, director technical services, Micron Bio-Systems
Join the debate at the Farmers Guardian and Dairy Farmer Speakers’ Corner at 11am on the Farmers Guardian stand.
Burning issues in the industry will be addressed by a panel of experts, with visitors able to share their views.