Livestock 2013: Farmers head to first Livestock Event in July

Livestock and dairy farmers are heading to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham for the first Livestock Event to be held in July.

The show, which is the biggest UK specialist livestock show with more than 450 trade stands, has traditionally taken place in September.

But organisers, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, have moved the show to July as it believes it fits better with farmers’ business planning.

Over 270 cattle have been entered for the competitive showing classes at the event and there is a packed programme of business and technical seminars for farmers to attend over the two-day event which runs on 3 and 4 July.

The NFU is also expected to use the event to launch its vision for the dairy sector, which is likely to prove a key talking point.

Practical demonstrations will also take place covering subjects such as foot trimming and the correct way to load a mixer wagon.

Forage Field, a new practical demonstration area designed to help all livestock farmers make more from their forages, will include a soil surgery, advice on plate metering and best advice when it comes to baling and wrapping silage.

“Following one of the mostly costly winters in terms of unbudgeted additional feed costs Forage Field will provide all visitors with an opportunity to take home sound practical advice that can be implemented immediately on farm,” said RABDF chief executive Nick Everington.

“Farmers will also be able to pick up ideas to enable them to rethink their management systems and how they can make more from homegrown forage.”

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