The Rare Breeds Survival Trust will create a native breeds centre at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show, the two day specialist event organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and to be staged at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 16 and 17 September.
The RBST’s National Show will provide the centre’s focal point where the best of native breed cattle, sheep and pigs will be competing in livestock classes held over two days. Alongside the judging an informed commentary will be given on the breeds about their commercial and conservation value. Breed society stands will also be exhibiting providing information on the livestock and on how they can be used to produce high quality added value products.
RBST’s Sally Renshaw said: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to stage our national show for the first time at the UK’s largest livestock event and we are optimistic we will achieve a good representation from all the eligible breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs. The show will provide an opportunity not only for native breed enthusiasts to compete, but also demonstrate to the 13,000 farmers who attend what native breeds have to offer today’s agricultural industry.”
RABDF chief executive, Nick Everington commented: “We are delighted to introduce the National Show to the native breeds centre to promote the benefits of these species to all commercial producers, in particular their ability to manage land on extensive, low cost production systems.
“Visitors will also be able to find all the information they need to manage a successful smallholding from this one event, including the latest in nutrition, vet and medicine, rearing young stock, housing, muck handling, grassland management and opportunities for further diversification including wind power.”
RBST members can purchase admission tickets at a reduced £12 per head (gate price £18) by calling RBST before 4 September on 02476 696551. For further information see www.dairyevent.co.uk
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