Livestock Event 2014: Dairy showing to take centre stage

Livestock showing will be taking centre stage at this year’s Livestock Event, with the National Dairy Show increasing stall numbers and moving the ring to a central location.

The National Dairy Show will expand its free stall place to 300 – an increase of 25% for the seven breeds to be featured at the show. In addition, the main show ring is being relocated from the Livestock Hall to the adjacent trade hall featuring the Genetics Zone. The move comes following demand from exhibitors and visitors.

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Nick Everington, chief executive of organisers RABDF Events, said last year’s new arrangements for the National Dairy Show proved to be a huge success. “It was a success for several reasons, including relocating to the heart of the event, our offer of free stall places within a temperature-controlled environment and prestigious prizes coupled with first-class facilities for both stock and stockmen.

He added: “Overall, the National Dairy Show provides the best opportunity in the country for breeders to show their pedigree cows to commercial dairy farmers milking more than 80% of the UK’s cows, along with international visitors. The 2013 event attracted representation from 23 countries.”

Judging details

The Livestock Event will take place at The NEC, Birmingham, on 2 and 3 July. Judging of the in-milk cow and heifer classes will take place on the first morning, followed by the heifer classes on the second morning, culminating in the prestigious interbreed awards judged on a panel basis.

The breed judges are: Ayrshire: Selwyn Donald, South Wairarapa, New Zealand; British Friesian: Tom Cope, Lichfield, Staffordshire; Brown Swiss: Jim Westaway, Cullompton, Devon; Dairy Shorthorn: Ian Collins, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire; Guernsey: David Mann, St Ives, Cornwall; Holstein: Hugh Neilson, Strathaven, Lanarkshire; Jersey: James Waring, Beverley, East Yorkshire. Chief cattle steward: Charles Reader.

Show schedules can be downloaded from the Livestock Event 2014 website. The closing date for stalls is 6 June.