Some 7,000 people and 400 head of cattle will soon be descending on Carlisle’s Borderway Mart for 2016’s UK Dairy Expo.
Taking place on Saturday, March 12, the free event will see a host of industry trade stands and demonstrations as well as one of the best shows of dairy cattle.
With £15,000 up for grabs in prize money and three world-renowned judges taking centre stage, the focus will be on the battle for the supreme champion title.
Members of the Holstein Society will also be on the scout for contenders for June’s All-European Champions in Colmar, France.
A first for UK Dairy Expo will be a live demonstration. Shepherd Agri will be showcasing a range of mini dairy equipment for people wanting to try their hand at making dairy products on-farm, including a cheese and yoghurt making demo from international dairyman Giacomo Zambelli from the Italian dairy engineering company, Duecinox.
After its inaugural success, the event will again see the TotalDairy Expo conference take place the day before (Friday, March 11) at the Shepherd’s Conference Centre adjacent to the auction.
- James Breen, University of Nottingham, discussing selective dry cow therapy and practical tips on how to do it
- John Cook, Valley Agriculture Software, on using data and computer software to improve weaknesses in fertility management
- Will Tulley, Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy, speaking about manipulating cow diets to maximise milk fat and protein
- Nick Bell, Royal Veterinary College, who will be chairing a ‘Question Time’-style foot trimming panel
- Iwan Thomas, Holstein UK, on the importance of breeding the functional cow you need, rather than the fashionable cow you think you want.
David Gray, Drumtall Farm, Glasgow
Judging the International Dairy Youth Championships is the UK’s David Gray.
He runs and owns Hoof and Hyde, a farm service business providing farmers with hoof trimming and freeze branding and has also prepared many champions across the world.
He owned the 2013 All-Britain heifer Drointon Tabwyn Holly, and has judged at many major shows in the UK and Ireland.