Smithfield FarmTech highlights
Whatever type of farming youre involved in, there is something for everyone at this years Smithfield FarmTech. Here is a small cross-section of whats on offer
SMITHFIELD FarmTech opens a new chapter in British farming events. The emphasis will be on how new technology can help to answer practical farming problems.
There will be something for everyone at this years show. Whether its using estimated breeding values to improve the profitability of your stock or harnessing global positioning systems to apply pesticides more precisely, theres a wealth of information on offer.
New-style FARMERS WEEKLY Farmer Forums will complement the shows theme of displaying and explaining new technology and management ideas.
Give your visit to the event the best possible start by attending the NFU breakfast briefings.
Then at 10am each day there will be a chance to hear about the national and international factors affecting your farming business from leading farmers and officials from the NFU and the European farmers organisation COPA.
At 11am the emphasis switches to more practical matters, when a range of speakers will examine the opportunities and constraints facing UK agriculture. The midday Forum highlights how the latest technology will help farmers maximise quality output while containing costs.
For livestock producers, experts from the National Cattle Breeders Association will explain how electronic monitoring promises to revolutionise our ability to trace livestock. There are also back-to-back sessions on beef and sheep production at 2pm and 3.15pm, respectively and a joint session on meat marketing at 2.45pm.
The marketing theme continues at 4pm, when the focus turns to arable crops and field produce. On Tuesday there will be a topical debate on the Budget.
Full details of the Forum programme are on p32.
Can superior bulls and rams still improve margins in most commercial beef and sheep units? Judge for yourself as pedigree breeders back up their claims in ring demonstrations with the products of sheep and beef sire improvement programmes.
A broad cross-section of beef and lamb terminal sire breeds will be seen in the demonstration. There will be a range of cattle including Charolais, Limousin, Aberdeen-Angus, South Devon and Longhorn. Sheep will be represented by the Texel, Suffolk, Bluefaced Leicester and Charollais breeds.
The Royal Smithfield Clubs prestigious primestock and carcass competitions will run alongside the demonstrations.
A key part of Smithfield FarmTech will be the introduction of advice centres. Three centres, each dedicated to a specific area of the farming industry, will offer the latest technical advice to farmers.
The Arable Centre will include a range of companies demonstrating how the latest technology promises to help growers improve efficiency and cut costs, including fertiliser manufacturer Hydro Agri, British Cereal Exports and the Association of Independent Crop Consultants and the British Institute of Agricultural Consul-tants.
Looking for more business advice? Then visit the Business Advice Centre alongside the Farmer Forum Theatre. There you will find a wealth of financial expertise to help you manage your business as well as your livestock and crops.
For the latest on machinery visit the Machinery Advice Centre. Supported by the UKs dealer organisation BAGMA, this area will examine how technology is helping to apply farm inputs more precisely. It will also provide a good opportunity to discuss machinery purchases with dealers from around the country.
How to get to Earls Court
Situated in the heart of London, Earls Court is close to a wide range of restaurants, shops and attractions.
By Road: Earls Court can easily be reached by the Motorway Network. The M3, M4, M25 and M40/41 all give easy access. There are also easy connections to the M1, M2 and M11 via the M25. Car parking can be booked in advance by calling Freephone 0500 845800.
By Tube: All tubes link up with the District or Piccadilly Line, both of which stop at Earls Court.
By Rail: All Londons mainline stations enjoy easy access to Earls Court by bus, tube or taxi. Special discount rail travel is available in connection with the Smithfield FarmTech hotel and travel packages.
The Smithfield FarmTech Package
To make the most of your visit to Smithfield FarmTech and London why not book one of our special Radisson Edwardian Hotel packages? Prices start at £57 per person including breakfast and a choice of free or discounted rail travel, theatre tickets or dinner, for each nights stay. For further details and bookings call 0800-335588.
9am – 6pm each day.
Sunday 12 Noon – Tuesday 5pm.
Ticket information 0171-370 8908.
Dowdeswell is one of a range of companies showing tackle at Earls Court.
A full range of carcass competitions which run alongside other livestock exhibits.
With more than 50 speakers, the Farmer Forums have developed into one of Europes largest farming conferences. Admission is free.