* Why should you go?
NEW at this years event are the IT Centre, Young Sire Programme display and the German Agricultural Societys feed mixer and distributer demonstration.
These add to the many popular features including Spotlight on Profit seminars and displays, non-stop action in the cattle judging ring, breeding companies and a full range of trade stands.
* IT Centre
If youre interested in how computers could help manage a dairy herd or ease analysis of accounts, a visit to the new Information Technology (IT) Centre is a must. Sponsored by Nat-West, the IT Centre brings together 12 IT companies offering visitors the chance to try out computer packages. Seminars will also run at the centre on both days.
Collect and fill in a prize card in the IT Centre and you could win a computer, printer and software package or one of many other software packages, worth a total of £11,000. The IT centre is on Avenue M, opposite 6th Street.
* DLG demonstrations
The German Agricultural Society will demonstrate the latest developments in feed mixing and distributing, with machinery tested and approved by DLG. Demonstrations can be seen on both days at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm on the DLGs 3rd Street site.
* Spotlight on Profit
This Midland Bank, MDC, DRC, RABDF and FARMERS WEEKLY feature is now in its third year at the event. This year it hosts eight free seminars, coupled with displays on latest research. Information about the MDC training courses, organised by the RABDF, is also available (see page S12).
* Young sire display
UK breeding programmes are now striving to offer accurately proven, top quality UK bulls. This should to help reduce our heavy reliance on expensive imported bull semen.
But breeding these bulls is a difficult task, as the RABDF reveals. Its exhibit features bull dam selection, the importance of cow families, sires of sons, independent daughter evaluation and generating sire proofs. *