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HRH The Princess Royal and Livestock at the Dairy Event

HRH The Princess Royal will be among the visitors to watch the cattle judging at the Dairy Event to be held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September by its organizers, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.

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After officially opening the event on the first day, Wednesday, Her Royal Highness will tour the show ground and meet with farmers and trade exhibitors, before moving down to the cattle lines where 238 stalls for seven different breeds have been completely booked out.

“Cattle remain at the heart of the Dairy Event, therefore we were delighted to be able to confirm earlier this month, that following Defra’s relaxation of the FMD movement restrictions and subject to no further outbreaks, livestock will be present,” comments RABDF chief executive, Nick Everington. “Demand for stalls continues to demonstrate that the Dairy Event is among the leading UK shows for top quality cattle. Furthermore, following the ban on livestock showing this season, we expect our exhibitors will turn out their cattle with renewed enthusiasm.”

Judging on the inspection only format for the £1,000 supreme championship, will take place throughout Wednesday in Cattle Shed 13, culminating with the supreme champion in the afternoon. Elwyn Thomas of Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire will judge the Holstein section, while Willie Bell, of Wigton, Cumbria will do the honours in the British Friesian ring; John Suffren, Crumlin, Northern Ireland will judge the Ayrshires; David Winnington, Gnosall, Staffordshire, the Dairy Shorthorns; Clive Davies, Narberth, Pembrokeshire the Brown Swiss; Richard Emm, Evershot, Dorset the Guernseys and Keith Hammond, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, the Jerseys.

He adds: “Visitor to this year’s Dairy Event will also find it to be the most comprehensive event ever to be staged by the industry, with more than 400 exhibitors, and a range of new exhibitions and working demonstrations designed to help practical working livestock farmers develop more robust and sustainable businesses.”

Steve Ellwood, head of agriculture with HSBC Bank, the event’s principal sponsor, comments: “A trip to Stoneleigh is a great opportunity for farmers to look at new machinery and equipment, challenge milk buyers and amongst other things, discuss and debate the best long term strategy for their business. We are delighted to continue as principal sponsor and are committed to investing in the future of dairy farming.”

link Beef from the Dairy Herd at Dairy Event 2007
link Livestock Present at Dairy Event 2007
link Sustainability Target for Beef Expo 2008


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