Dairy Event 2008

Livestock will feature at the forthcoming Dairy Event, event organisers, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has confirmed.

The 2007 Dairy Event takes place on the 19 and 20 September at the Royal Show showground, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

The confirmation follows DEFRA’s announcement that from Monday, 3 September, subject to no further outbreaks, animals susceptible to foot and mouth disease can be taken to shows involving animals, outside the Surveillance Zone.

Dairy Event manager, Richard Evans urged all those planning to attend to adhere to strict biosecurity practises before setting-off and after arriving at the show.

“Since the foot and mouth outbreak in Surrey, RABDF has been closely monitoring the situation. After careful consideration and following painstaking deliberations with DEFRA and Animal Health, I can confirm that subject to no further outbreaks, livestock will be present at the event.

“This applies to the cattle classes, demonstrations and exhibitions. 

“Obviously we will be implementing stringent bio-security practises at the event. We have also written to all our livestock exhibitors explaining the current additional rules in place as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak that may impact their ability to attend, so that they can all make an informed decision.”

He added: “We urge all visitors and exhibitors coming to the Dairy Event to act in a responsible manner and take no undue risk. It is imperative that everyone arrives in clean vehicles, clothing and footwear and cooperates fully with the bio-security measures in place.”