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The countdown is on for UK Dairy Day

Returning for its 5th year, UK Dairy Day will fill the town of Telford on Wednesday 12th September when it opens its doors for the annual trade event at the International Centre.
With ambition to beat previous visitor records, the UK Dairy Day Team, coordinated by Holstein UK, are in full swings of organisation with the countdown to September on. Exhibitor trade stand bookings are at full capacity and feature UK and International businesses, sponsorship packages are finalised, and seminar topics are being scheduled to make the show a varied dairy learning experience. With new features and zones for the 2018, the event will offer everything a dairy farmer needs to develop, consolidate, and innovate their farming business ahead of Brexit.

UK Dairy Day 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. For anyone connected to the dairy industry, it’s the 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.

5 Top Reasons to Attend
1. Over 300 trade stands across internal and external exhibition area
2. A chance to learn about new products, services and technologies on the market to enhance your 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 and Jersey breeds
5. A chance to get off the farm for an enjoyable day out – share knowledge, ideas and positivity amongst other producers

The Cattle Show
The Cattle Show at UK Dairy Day, sponsored by NWF Agriculture, Westpoint Farm Vets and Wilson Agri, will feature three National Shows, Holstein, Ayrshire and Brown Swiss, making it the must-attend event for all dairy farmers.

Lisa Window-Walker has been announced as National Ayrshire Judge, Dr Angelo Pozzatti as National Brown Swiss Judge and Shropshire farmer Mick Gould takes on the National Holstein category. Completing the line-up for the other breeds are James Lambe (Dairy Shorthorn Judge), James Warren (Guernsey Judge) and Anna Stable (Jersey Judge).

Lynden Bustard, UK Dairy Day Cattle Show Manager and Chief Steward, commented; “Thanks to the ongoing support from the dairy industry, the Cattle Show at UK Dairy Day has developed into one of the most prestigious showing occasions. Under one roof, visitors, breeders, competitors, and dairy industry associates can see some of the UK’s leading breeds showcased.”

He adds; “It is fantastic to have our judging panel finalised for this year’s coveted Cattle Show at UK Dairy Day. With all breeds represented and cattle of an exceptional standard, every year the precision, dedication and passion displayed by breeders never fails to amaze us and really does create a spectacle. Prize money is
totalling more than £20,000 this year!”

‘Sharing Knowledge’
The 2018 event sees the return of the first floor area dedicated to ‘sharing knowledge’. This will include table top displays promoting industry initiatives, training providers and charities, seminars sponsored by XL Vets with presentations on topical subjects, and a careers board displaying the current opportunities within the dairy industry.

New Product Zone: this element of the show, sponsored by IDEXX, is open to exhibitors who have launched a new product into the market over the last 12 months. Entries will be reviewed by an industry panel prior to the event with 10 shortlisted entries selected to display their innovations at UK Dairy Day with the winning entry being selected at the event. In addition to this competition, there will be awards for Trade Stands, Best Presented Lines, Tidy Lines, Holstein UK Premier Exhibitor Award and the Holstein UK Premier Breeder Award.

Innovation Zone: NEW to the 2018 event, this area, located in the Newport Suite, will be sponsored by Harper Adams University and will feature a range of innovating businesses who will share information on new concepts and techniques to benefit British dairying. Calf Rearing Zone: producing productive replacements is essential for every dairy business, so getting management right is key. By visiting this external area, sponsored by Volac, farmers can gain practical advice and tips on successful calf rearing with birthing, growth, health, hygiene, feeding and husbandry all
being addressed.

NBDC Breed Village: a dedicated area where breed societies can promote their breeds and membership. Located adjacent to Hall 3, where the cattle stalls are positioned, there will be displays and representatives from Guernsey, Jersey, Dairy Shorthorn and the Ayrshire Cattle Societies.

Practical Demonstrations: don’t miss the array of demonstrations throughout the day to develop your learning. The Calf Rearing Zone will offer advice on all aspects of calf rearing. It will be covered by a calf house sponsored and supplied by Northern Polytunnels Ltd and all practical elements within the Calf Rearing Zone will be Dairy Pro pointed. Scarsdale Vets return for the popular ‘Beneath the Black and White
Calf’ anatomy painting demonstration and NBDC will lead Type Classification and linear scoring demonstrations. Like previous years, Tim Carter and his team will demonstrate foot trimming and knife sharpening demonstrations, including block work.

What’s New for 2018

  • Hosting the National Brown Swiss Show
  • Innovation Zone sponsored by Harper
  • Adams University
    -Additional practical demonstration by Tim
  • Carter and team showing block work
    -Larger Calf Rearing Zone
    -Showcase class for Montbeliarde breed
    -New car park and new Travelodge opposite
    the venue

The Essential Details
WHEN: Wednesday 12th September 2018
WHERE: The International Centre, Telford,
Shropshire, TF3 4JH
TIME: Open 8.00am and close 5.30pm
ENTRY: FREE & claim back car park ticket price

The countdown to UK Dairy Day really does now begin! With six hotels within walking distance of the International Centre, great transport links connected by the M54 and Telford Railway Station and two airports within an hour’s drive of the venue, there really is no reason why you can’t plan ahead, book accommodation and join us on Wednesday 12th September.

Sue Cope, Event Director, commented; “It is important that our industry is positively represented and that we collaborate for a prosperous dairy future. We must continue to innovate, invest and share ideas to make our British dairy businesses efficient and resilient to Brexit challenges ahead. UK Dairy Day offers a platform for bringing together forward-thinking innovators and producers – a chance to learn, engage and do business.”

She adds; “We’re pleased to again 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. Please support UK dairying by joining us for the fifth UK Dairy Day on Wednesday 12th September.”

Join in with the hype on social media by following @ukdairyday on Twitter and liking UK Dairy Day on Facebook. Make sure the date is firmly in your diary: Wednesday 12th September at the International Centre, Telford. #ukdairyday

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