Livestock Event Expands Further25 February 2014
UK - The Livestock Event’s National Dairy Show is expanding this year in response to positive exhibitor feedback and visitor demand for more livestock.
The number of free stall places is being increased by 25 per cent to 300 for the seven breeds to be featured at the show to be staged at The NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 July. In addition, the main show ring is being relocated from the Livestock Hall to the adjacent trade hall featuring the Genetics Zone.
Judging the in milk cow and heifer classes will take place on the first morning, followed by the heifer classes on the second morning culminating in the prestigious interbreed awards judged on a panel basis.
The breed judges are: Ayrshire: Selwyn Donald, South Wairarapa, New Zealand; British Friesian: Tom Cope, Lichfield Staffordshire; Brown Swiss: Jim Westaway, Cullompton, Devon; Dairy Shorthorn: Ian Collins, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire; Guernsey: David Mann, St Ives, Cornwall; Holstein: Hugh Neilson, Strathaven, Lanarkshire; Jersey: James Waring, Beverley, East Yorkshire. Chief cattle steward, Charles Reader.
“Last year’s new arrangements for the National Dairy Show proved to be a huge success for several reasons including relocating to the heart of the event, our offer of free stall places within a temperature controlled environment and prestigious prizes coupled with first class facilities for both stock and stockmen. Added together, and the event proved to be the best equipped in the UK,” explains Nick Everington, chief executive to organisers, RABDF Events.
“In turn we received very positive feedback from dairy cattle exhibitors across all breeds, one reason why we have agreed to expand the National Dairy Show, along with responses to the Livestock Event’s visitor survey; of the 565 respondees, one third indicated they would like to see more livestock.
“This year’s new arrangements, which have gained unanimous support for promotion from the UK’s seven breed societies, will enable the dairy exhibits to be even more prominent and enhance the experience for both visitors and exhibitors.”
He adds: “Overall, the National Dairy Show provides the best opportunity in the country for breeders to show their pedigree cows to commercial dairy farmers milking over 80 per cent of the UK’s cows, along with international visitors; the 2013 event attracted representation from 23 countries.”
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