Commercial goats will make their debut at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show in an exhibition designed to offer farmers comprehensive technical, business and financial information at the two day specialist event organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and to be staged at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 17 and 18 September.
The Commercial Goat Exhibition, developed in association with the British Goat Society (BGS), will focus on milking techniques, nutritional advice and solutions to animal health issues, together with a series of practical demonstrations including AI. A display of commercial breeds will indicate which is best suited to either dairy, meat or fibre production. In addition, the exhibition will be promoting Britain’s diverse range of goat genetics available for export to international visitors.
RABDF chief executive, Nick Everington explains: “We are fully aware that the commercial dairy goat product sector currently worth £50m per annum, is fast growing, and despite having expanded by 20% year on year since 1997, it continues to import more than 60% of the total 50 million litres of milk required for liquid, cheese and other products.
“In response, we are working with BGS to introduce this new exhibition which will offer technical and marketing information to all existing and prospective commercial goat producers to help them better exploit the burgeoning market place.”
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