After the re-sounding success of last year’s inaugural UK Dairy Day, it is back once again and will certainly be a date for the diary. Louise Hartley takes a look at what visitors can expect in under two weeks time.
Taking place on Wednesday, September 16 at the International Centre, Telford, and organised by Holstein UK, the one-day event will feature more than 250 exhibitors, a jam-packed seminar programme and young people’s area.
The theme of this year’s event iS ‘sharing knowledge’ and seminars will discuss pre-calving foot trims, dairy post-quota, future of tissue sampling, calf rearing, anaerobic digester planning, contracts and milk buyers, staff management, worming and grant funding. Foot trimming and knife sharpening demonstrations by two of the top foot trimmers in the UK will also be taking place.
Some of the best cows in the country will be descending on the event to battle it out in the national Holstein show and Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Dairy Shorthorn and Jersey championships. Judges from across the water will be taking centre stage, with two hailing from Northern Ireland and one from the Netherlands.
New for this year, and taking place straight after the cattle show, is the Red Ribbon Sale. Consisting of 30 lots of different breeds, all of which have been hand-picked by auctioneer Glyn Lucas, it is tipped to be one of the most exciting dairy sales in the country.
Another new addition to the day will be a milk cocktail bar, aimed at promoting ’fun with milk’. Situated in the concourse area, a mixologist (professional cocktail maker) will be demonstrating the cocktails which can made from milk, instead of putting it in tea or on cereal. Throughout the day there will be a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks to buy and learn about.`
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Where: The International Centre, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4JH. Signposted off the motorway, it is located just off M54, junction four or five
Opening times: 8am to 6pm
Tickets: Available until September 15 at £16 each online, or by calling 01923 695 225. Tickets on the day are £18 each. Free entry for under 16’s
Car parking: Visitors need to take the car parking ticket with them to the event for validation at the visitor information desk for free car parking
Travel: Train station nearby, courtesy shuttle bus will operate