More than 300 cattle entries will be returning to Shepton Mallet on Wednesday, October 3, for this year’s Dairy Show.
This year will be its first under the chairmanship of David Cotton, the fourth show chairman to head up the 33-year-old event.
Fourth generation farmer Mr Cotton milks 250 Holstein-Friesians plus replacements, as well as rearing beef and youngstock at his farm in Glastonbury.
Mr Cotton says he is hopeful he can help shape the direction of the show over the next few years in what he described as an increasingly specialist market.
Included in the line-up will be the UK national show of the Jersey breed after making its debut at the 2017 event, as well as staging the Guernsey national show as in previous years.
The supreme championship at the end of the day will once again see each breed champion judged by a panel of five experts, who mark the entrants out of 10 as competitors chase the elusive 50 out of 50.
‘Recruitment, retention and reward’ in the agricultural sector is set to be one the key topics up for discussion in the seminar programme, with tips on getting the best results when recruiting and retaining staff, whether that be family members or outside employees from keynote speaker Paul Harris of Real Success.
Sure to provide plenty of food for thought for the day will be the speakers corner, taking place from 11am on the Dairy Farmer/Farmers Guardian stand (162) where smoothing price volatility will be the point of conversation from a panel of three speakers.
Michael Oakes, NFU dairy board chairman will take a look at new mandatory contract declaration, followed by a look at futures with AHDB senior dairy analysist Patty Clayton and finally insurance options with Richard Stable of insurance platform Stable.
Ahead of the show on the evening of Tuesday, October 2, will be the popular dairy industry dinner, part of which will include the presentation of the Dairy Industry Award.
This is made available to an individual who has made the greatest contribution to the development of the dairy industry, as well as becoming an integral part of the dairy industry dinner.
Meet this year’s judges