20 Aug 2018
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Less than one month to go to UK Dairy Day 2018!

Its less than one month to go until UK Dairy Day 2018 – the UK’s must-attend day of dairy discovery. Join the dairy buzz on Wednesday 12th September at the International Centre, Telford for the 5th annual dairy trade event. Go online now to view the businesses attending, cattle show classes, practical demonstrations and seminars.

Open from 8am to 5.30pm the event brings together all facets of the dairy industry; farmers, students, breeders, geneticists, vets, feed merchants, dairy equipment suppliers and milk buyers - plus professional service providers, charities, and colleges. 

Here are just 5 top reasons to attend this year… 

  1. Over 300 trade stands across internal and external exhibition areas
  2. A chance to learn about new products, services and technologies on the market to enhance your dairy business performance and efficiency
  3. Meet with a variety of suppliers, all under one roof – do vital business, planning and decision making
  4. The Cattle Show featuring The National Holstein Show, National Ayrshire Show and National Brown Swiss Show plus classes for Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey, Jersey and Montbeliarde breed
  5. Listen to seminars and view practical demonstrations, innovation zone, breed village and calf rearing zone

So far 70 cattle exhibitors have booked stalls, and this is expected to reach over 200 before event day. Coming from as far as Scotland (Dumfries, Lanarkshire), the South (Cornwall and Devon), East (Northants and Leicestershire) West (Dyfed) and even Ireland, the Cattle Show at UK Dairy Day is always a spectacular display of some of the country’s most admired dairy cows and this year includes National Shows for Holstein, Ayrshire and Brown Swiss breeds. 

New Product Competition

Entries for innovative new products to excite the dairy sector have been scrutinised and selected and now we’re thrilled to announce the 10 finalists – which can be viewed online here 

The products will be displayed in a dedicated area located in the concourse, after Costa Coffee, outside the press office. Judging will take place at the counter stand in the concourse between 9.30am and 10.30am with the Winner and Highly Commended being presented at around 1.30pm on the relevant trade stand. Judges for the competition this year include Rachael Fawkes and Paul Coyne from IDEXX, who are sponsors of the competition, and Euryn Jones from HSBC

Practical Demonstrations

Do not miss the array of practical demonstrations taking place throughout the day in the External Area. The breed village will feature type classification and linear scoring demonstrations and in the external trade stand area there will be foot trimming, blocking and knife sharpening demonstrations.

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. Volacwill be offering insight and demonstrations on calf rearing hygiene, colostrum management and providing insight into their product portfolio.  Scarsdale Vetswill return with their ‘Beneath the Black and White’ cow and calf anatomy painting and calf demonstrations with ropes.

Seminars

The first floor of the International Centre will be home to topical and relevant debate and this year we have a fantastic line up of speakers. The seminar timetableis now published on the UK Dairy Day website but to spark your intrigue, why not plan to attend… 

‘Maximising profit per pregnancy’ - presented by Mark Roach from Cogent

‘Feeding cows this winter with low forage availability’ presented by Adam Clay from NWF Agriculture

‘Taking responsibility for TB - whose job is it anyway?’ presented by Sarah Tomlinson from TB Advisory Service

‘Farm Labour Post Brexit’ presented by Wyn Morgan from Harper Adams University

Industry Panel
Chaired by Dan Humphries, Partner of Dairy InsightHorizon Dairy Vets, BVSc (Hons) MRCVS and industry panel will discuss an important subject, "Working with and improving the public's perception of the dairy industry".  This will take place at 1.00pm in seminar zone 2 on the first floor.

Sue Cope, Event Director, commented; “For anyone connected to the dairy industry, UK Dairy Day is the ultimate event to attend this year; an opportunity to network, share knowledge, learn and most importantly, do business at a time of year when important decisions need to be made ahead of Winter housing.” 

She adds: “UK Dairy Day is delighted to be able to offer FREE entry, so no need to pre-register – just arrive, receive a wristband and enter the venue. There is also FREE car parking on site and around Telford town centre multi storey car parks and this year a newly constructed car park opposite the venue is offering an additional 300 parking spaces.” 

“If you are looking to invest in your business, adopt new methods and equipment or need advice from industry experts on anything from ration planning, parlour upkeep, business performance to cow bedding, UK Dairy Day offers a platform to speak to all those connected to your dairy business to help you improve your efficiency, production output and make the right decisions for your business.”