Back for a second year, Dairy-Tech will again offer advice to help dairy businesses increase sustainability and profitability.
As well as the more familiar on-farm innovations such as genomics, rapid diagnostics and how to improve feed efficiency, Dairy-Tech also offers its visitors the opportunity to learn more about ground breaking concepts from virtual reality to revolutionary labelling and robots.
Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers managing director Matt Knight says: “We have shaped Dairy Tech to stimulate thinking and ensure the dairy industry is open to a whole host of technological ideas that will eventually shape the future of all businesses in the sector.
“For example, while virtual reality is not a concept widely used in the sector, we hope to be able to demonstrate its potential role on-farm and get businesses thinking about the benefits it could bring.
Could it be an efficient way of providing training; could it be the answer to hands-free machinery servicing; and does it have the potential to link with drones when it comes to field mapping?”
■ When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 8am to 5.50pm
■ Where: Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, CV8 2LZ
■ Tickets: £17 when booked in advance at dairy-tech.uk and free for RABDF members; on the day £20 including VAT; under 16s free
OTHER EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
■ Direct Dairy, a Dutch start-up, will be available to explain how, by cutting out the processor, farms could allow themselves to produce this premium consumer product to a standard where they could sell directly from their farm to businesses and consumers.
■ Innovation-focused company Mimica will explain how its new labelling system is set to contribute to combating some of Britain’s waste problem. These highly technological labels have the ability to detect the freshness of perishable food products, such as milk, through its calibration.
■ Hoof trimming demonstrations will once again take place with Steve Hookway delivering knife and grinder techniques. However, for the first time, thermal imaging and its role in detecting lameness will also be introduced.
■ Princess Anne has confirmed her attendance at Dairy-Tech and will be arriving in the afternoon of the event. She will tour round the halls and announce the winner of the Royal Dairy Innovation Award before awarding the Gold Cup trophy on the NMR stand at 4pm.