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27 Aug 2019

Less than one month to go to UK Dairy Day 2019!

It is less than one month to go until UK Dairy Day 2019 – the UK’s must-attend that brings together all facets of the dairy industry together at the International Centre in Telford. 

The 6th annual event, dedicated to dairy, on Wednesday 11th September is an opportunity for anyone connected to the dairy industry to network, share knowledge, learn, and most importantly make business decisions ahead of the winter. 

Top reasons to attend this year…

  • Over 300 UK, European and International businesses attending
  • Showcasing the best UK Dairy breeds with The National Holstein Show, The National Ayrshire Show, The National Brown Swiss Show and classes for Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey and Jersey breeds
  • Seminars, Innovation Zone, Breed Village, Genomics Clinic, Careers Board and Calf Rearing Zone
  • Practical demonstrations including foot trimming, knife sharpening, ‘Beneath the Black and White’ calf painting, type classification and linear scoring
  • Great transport links with M54, Telford Train Station and two airports within an hour’s drive, Birmingham (BHX) and East Midlands (EMA)

 

A leading line up of judges will cast their professional eye over the dairy breeds in the show ring.  The National Ayrshire Show will be judged by Gilmour Lawrie, The National Brown Swiss Show judged by Robbie Radel and The National Holstein Show judged by Patrick Rüttimann along with classes for Dairy Shorthorn judged by Seimon Thomas, Guernsey by Colin Gleed and Jersey by Matt Pye.  

A fantastic entry of cattle will compete in the show ring for a share of the £25,000 prize fund. Over 240 cattle stalls are booked with exhibitors travelling from across the UK to be part of the Cattle Show which is always a spectacular display of some of the country’s most admired dairy cows.

 

New Product Competition

We are delighted to announce that 12 new products have been selected as finalists for this year’s competition to be judged during the morning of the event.  The finalists can be viewed online:

https://www.ukdairyday.co.uk/visit/new-product-zone/

The 12 products will be displayed in a dedicated area located in the concourse. The judges this year are Rachael Fawkes and Paul Coyne from IDEXX, who are sponsors of the competition, and Henry Richardson from NBDC with awards presented to the Winner and Highly Commended. 

 

Practical Demonstrations

Practical demonstrations include the foot trimming and knife sharpening in the external trade stand area and in the calf rearing zone the ‘Beneath the Black and White’ calf painting by Scarsdale Vets.  The breed village will feature Type Classification and Linear Scoring demonstrations and new for 2019 a Genomic Clinic where experts will be on hand to offer advice on how to interpret genomic reports and results.

 

Calf Rearing Zone

The calf rearing zone, covered with a polytunnel, will feature suppliers and experts focussed on calf rearing who will offer advice throughout the day on calving, rearing, health, hygiene, feeding and housing.

 

Seminars

A fantastic line of up speakers and insightful seminar presentations will take place on the first floor starting at 10am.  View the timetable online:

https://www.ukdairyday.co.uk/visit/seminars/

 

Innovation Zone

The Innovation Zone, sponsored by Harper Adams University, will feature businesses that can provide advice, innovation insight and solutions to support dairy businesses.

 

Sharing Knowledge Zone

Returning to the first floor will be the dedicated Sharing Knowledge Zone with table top displays promoting industry initiatives, training providers and charities.  The area will feature the seminars and a careers board for exhibitors and visitors to promote current opportunities within the dairy industry.  The event is also accredited for Dairy Pro and BASIS CPD points.

 

Sue Cope, Event Director, commented; “At a time when Brexit poses uncertainty, UK Dairy Day will provide an opportunity for dairy farmers and the industry to discuss the future challenges that Brexit may present, to network, share knowledge and do business at a time of year when important decisions need to be made.” 

Sue adds: “The event is free to attend along with free parking and Wi-Fi.  There is no need to pre-register – just arrive, receive a wristband and enter the venue. For anyone looking to invest, diversify, review new equipment or seek advice from industry experts, UK Dairy Day offers the platform to speak to all those connected to the industry.”