UK Dairy Day organiser Holstein UK has reaffirmed its commitment to hosting its own event in September despite speculation it could merge with the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) Livestock Event.
Holstein UK chief executive Richard Jones said the event, held at the International Centre in Telford, was tailored to the sector and had ‘established itself as the leading event for dairy farmers to network, meet industry suppliers, share knowledge, innovations and ideas’.
“This will continue until at least 2020,” Mr Jones said, adding more than 7,000 people visited last year’s show."
It comes after visitors to this year’s Livestock Event expressed their disappointment over the atmosphere and reduction in visitor numbers to the showcase at the NEC in Birmingham, with many calling for the shows to merge.
Mr Jones added: "In response to recent speculation surrounding RABDF and Livestock Event, with plans to change the date of this event to early September, Holstein UK can confirm that discussions with RABDF have occurred, but there are many issues to be resolved before any joint activity can be confirmed.
“Our foremost priority is to protect our members and the financial security of Holstein UK and the current framework for UK Dairy Day already achieves this very successfully."
He said in response to the challenges currently facing the industry, the event had made a number of changes for the 2016 event to support farmers, including offering free visitor entry, free car parking onsite and off-site and free entry for all show cattle in partnership with Anglia Farmers.
UK Dairy Day takes place on Wednesday, September 14.