Agrivision forecasts 9000 visitors

4 December 2001

Agrivision forecasts 9000 visitors

By Adrienne Francis

ORGANISERS predict that up to 9000 visitors will attend the Agrivision event, aimed at heralding the future of farming after foot-and-mouth.

The two-day event, organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England, is at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, on 5-6 December.

Despite low advance ticket sales, an event spokeswoman said there had been “a very positive response” from exhibitors and industry groups.

RASE livestock specialist Debbie Dan said visitors at the event would be urged to think like food producers not farmers.

Seminars include a discussion on feeding for milk production by Bridget Drew, a dairy and food researcher with consultancy firm ADAS.

Beef specialist David Hendy, for livestock specialists Richard Keenan, will discuss the success of food-chain collaborations.

Meat and Livestock Commission export manager Henry Lewis will show producers how to win exports and why they should matter.

The uses of IT in agriculture will be a focus of the show, with a designated cyber café tent providing free internet access and guidance to all farmers.

In this tent, the British Cattle Movement Service will show farmers how to register movements, deaths and births online.

The Institute for Agricultural Secretaries will give advice to visiting farmers on any IT subject, from surfing the Internet to buying farm supplies.

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