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THIS years European Dairy Farming Event is on Wed and Thur, Sept 22 and 23, at the National Agriculture Centre, Stoneleigh, Warks. The event is open on Wednesday from 8am to 5.30pm, and on Thursday from 8.30am to 5pm.
Entry is £12 on the gate, or £11 a person for students and RASE members on production of student union/membership card. It is free for RABDF members.
An extensive farm technology centre will be a feature this year, sponsored by national electricity supplier MEB.
Supported by leading suppliers and support companies, this will be the ideal place for farmers to get right up to date with the latest developments under one roof.
New – organic option
For the first time at the Dairy Event, Sainsbury and the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative are sponsoring a high profile Question Time debate, hosted by the Radio 4 Today programme host John Humphrys.
Starting at 1.30 pm on Wednesday in the Arthur Rank Building, the debate will put the question of the future of milk in the UK to a panel consisting of representatives from Sainsburys, The Dairy Trade Federation, MAFF, NFU, independent consultant Mike Bessey and the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative.
Anyone interested in putting a question to the panel can do so by speaking to Ewan Davy (0117 922 7799) before Sept 20.
Under the spotlight
Spotlight on Profit forums are now a popular attraction at the Dairy Event. This years programme will start with an official Event opening by the Minister of Agriculture at 11am on Wednesday. Industry speakers, including representatives from the major milk buyers, will address these forums.
Wed, Sept 22, is the official National School Milk Day – an initiative jointly organised by ABN and The Express newspaper.
Sponsors at the EDFE will be supporting this initiative with six milk stops on the showground giving out free samples of fresh milk.
This campaign aims to boost the consumption of milk among school children and get school milk reinstated nationally.
Organised this year by Holstein UK and Ireland, cattle classes start at 9am on Wednesday with breed judging. Interbreed classes start at 12 noon on Thursday culminating in the RABDF Supreme Championship, taking place at 1pm.
Unique to the EDFE is the Total Performance Evaluation award which will be made in all the milking cow classes, combining lifetime production, genetic index and inspection points. *
Main ring highlights
Wed, Sept 22
9am Ring A: Judging Shorthorn, Guernsey and Brown Swiss breed classes and championships.
Ring B: Judging Jersey and Ayrshire breed classes and
2.15pm Rings A and B: Judging Holstein breed classes and championships. Principle sponsor of the cattle classes this year is Midland Bank.
Thur, Sept 23
9.15am Rings A and B: Dairy Pentathlon.
11am Progeny showcase.
12 noon: Judging Interbreed Heifer Championship and the Duke of Westminster Competition.
12.15pm Judging Morrison Perpetual Challenge Trophy for exhibitor-bred interbreed heifers.
12.30pm Judging Interbreed Midland Bank Inspection Award for best Breed Champion.
12.45pm Judging Midland Bank Exhibitor-bred Champion and Robert Mond Shield.
1pm Inspection judging of RABDF Supreme Championship based on Total Performance Evaluation.
2.45pm Dairy Pentathlon prize presentation.
3pm Presentation of NFYFC Stock Judging trophies.