12 September 1997

MORE RECORDS SET TO TUMBLE

YET again, it looks as though the European Dairy Event is going to break new records.

Organiser, the Royal Associa-tion of British Dairy Farmers, announced five weeks ago that trade space was sold out and a waiting list had been set up for would-be exhibitors.

"This is clearly the greatest response we have ever had from the industry," says RABDFs Philip Gilbert. "It will be the largest event yet, creating this countrys greatest exhibition of dairy farming."

Venue is the National Agricul-tural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwicks, on Wed and Thur, Sept 17 and 18 next week.

Total performance evaluation awards, introduced into cattle classes at last years Dairy Event, are set to run again this year. Only minor fine-tuning in the allocation of points has taken place.

"TPE is a judging system which takes into account lifetime production, genetic merit and inspection," says David Hewitt of the Holstein Friesian Society. This year the calculation has been adjusted to give more credit to younger calving animals, under 24 months, he explains.

Competitive Brown Swiss classes are also being introduced to the event this year.

Open from 8am to 5.30pm on Wed 17 and from 8.30am to 5pm on Thur 18, cost is £10 a person, including car-parking and the show guide, and is free to RABDF members. Reduced rates are available to students and young farmers.

Profit Focus

Industry leaders will gather to take part in the Spotlight on Profit forums, now in their second year, and organised by Midland Bank, the Milk Development Council, DRC, RABDF and farmers weekly.

Open to all dairy farmers at the event, forums start at 11am on both days and will be in a marquee on the corner of Avenue M and 6th Street.

The farmers weekly display and competition will focus on four ways to cope with a lower milk price – and with a prize worth £400 it could be well worth testing your know-how here.