Dairy event and livestock show

Dairy Event & Livestock Show has even more to interest visitors

NOW in its second year at the NEC the Dairy Event and Livestock Show begins today (Tuesday, September 6). Farmers Guardian takes a look at what is in store for visitors.

The Dairy Event and Livestock Show will be returning to the NEC next month and once again the event will present visitors with a diverse range of exhibits, including both static and live demonstrations.

The event, which last year attracted more than 16,000 visitors, has a number of new features for this year including the National All Breeds Show and New Smithfield.

As well as being able to view livestock, equipment and products, farmers will also be able to go along to the interactive farm health planning seminars and feed science forums.


The popular foot-trimming demonstrations also return to this year’s event with regular demonstrations taking place throughout the day with accompanying commentary.

Diversifarm, launched at the 2005 Dairy Event, will this year feature renewable energy and the Milkmade exhibition, now in its eighth year, will be focusing on dairy technology, processing and marketing.


This year’s machinery demonstrations will for the first time feature silage choppers and cubicle bedders.

These will be staged outside the main exhibition halls in an area designed with cubicles and feed barriers.

It will feature seven different models of silage choppers and three leading cubicle bedder models. Each machine will demonstrate twice, in rotation, on both days.

Business debates

The RABDF business debates will be located on the RABDF stand where visitors will be able to hear about the latest developments in farm business management. Interactive seminars on various subjects, including cross compliance, joint venture farming and how to get in, and out, of dairy farming, will run throughout the two days.

This year the event will host 480 trade stands, with companies showcasing a range of products for the dairy and beef sector along with products and services for sheep and goat keepers.

For the first time, four of the major meat processors will be at the event – ABP, Dovecote Park, Dunbia and Vion will all be offering advice on how to improve returns from achieving ideal carcase specification.

Dairy Event essential information

  • When: Tuesday 6 and Wednesday September 7
  • Opening times: Tuesday 8am - 6pm; Wednesday 8am to 5pm
  • Where: The NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT
  • By car: From the M42, exit at junction 6 and follow the signs to The NEC. From the M6 exit at junction 4 and follow the signs to The NEC
  • By rail: Nearest station is Birmingham International, from there take the bridge link to The NEC
  • Tickets: Admission price on each day will be £20 including car parking, showguide and stand locator map (under 16s free of charge). Advanced tickets (£17) can be purchased up to midnight August 29, 2011
  • Further information: visit www.dairyevent.co.uk, call 0845 458 2711 or email dairyevent@rabdf.co.uk

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