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cattle – including those in the competitive classes, but also beef, sheep, goats and native breeds. In addition, we are organising facilities for clipping and wash down, together with a bespoke Fullwood milking parlour.

Exhibitor accommodation will be located just outside the building, in fact as close as you get. We are building a Stockmen’s Village comprising mobile sleeper units, showers and toilets. Alternatively stockmen are welcome to bring their own caravan or stay in the farm lorry if it has a sleeper unit, both of which will be parked up in the Stockmen’s Village. Another option is to stay in one of the many hotels nearby. We are also organising special catering

RIGHT The soil

surgery run by Kingshay

should prove popular again this

year. Sample bags are available from the RABDF in advance.

facilities for all stockmen, located right outside the Livestock Hall, including a stockmen’s dinner on the three nights. Exhibitor interest and enthusiasm for the 240 stalls has been outstanding. Seven breeds of cattle will be competing in the main ring for the breed and interbreed champions with accompanying prestigious silverware and prize money, thanks to cattle sponsor, Merial Animal Health through its Eprinex and Igenity brands. Each animal brought forward at the event will receive a minimum of £40 prize money. There are also prizes for the best udder, exhibitor bred and championship awards with the Supreme Interbreed Champion collecting £1,000. The Holstein classes will be judged by Brian Miller, of the Moorshard herd at Dunwear, Bridgwater and stewarded by John Gribbon, while Joe Archer, of the Collycroft herd from Alkmonton, Ashbourne will do the honours in the Friesian ring, which will be stewarded by Meurig James. The event will continue to host the popular technical exhibitions. Additional new features are being introduced including a series of interactive feed science forums, EID and EBV demonstrations.

Mixer wagon demonstrations

The John Deere sponsored demonstrations will be staged immediately outside the main exhibition halls and take on the same format as previous years representing the main types of mixer wagon available including auger, paddle and tub designs. Visitors will be able to observe the preparation of two different Total Mixed Rations, for dairy cows and also for beef fi nishing cattle, based on clamp and big bale silage. They will also be able to compare ease of loading and feed out of the individual mixer wagons. Each machine will demonstrate twice, in rotation on both days. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to view the mixing operation from a specially constructed gantry.

Soil surgery The soil surgery, run by Kingshay, will offer a practical soil assessment with a focus on good physical soil structure - discussing issues such as soil compaction alleviation, microbial and earthworm activity assessment and effi cient use of valuable fertiliser and natural manure applications. Individual farmers will be helped to identify the key areas of farm management and fertiliser selection in order to maximise soil effi ciency, resulting in high quality, cost effective sward and crop production. You will need to bring one spade’s width and depth of soil, including turf layer and special bags are available from RABDF when you order your event tickets.

Farm Health Planning

Farm Health Planning will feature a series of practical demonstrations combined with technical information provided by some of the UK’s leading specialist vets and advisors on proactive herd and fl ock measures. Speakers will provide three take home messages with each presentation

and visitors will be encouraged to participate in the sessions using voting keypads.

Diversifarm and Renewables Diversifarm, sponsored by the CLA, will provide information on opportunities for renewable energy as well as cover a broad spectrum of farm diversifi cation activities. Advice and support will be available to enable farmers to fi nd out how to exploit their existing farm assets, such as redundant farm buildings or an area of land to create a new income stream and boost revenue from non- food enterprises.


MilkMade, sponsored by DairyUK, has developed as a focal point where producers and processors can fi nd out more about milk processing, packaging facilities and cool storage technology and also obtain advice to help them with their business planning and market research. In addition, MilkMade will include exhibitors offering ideas on ice cream making together with other marketing innovations of interest to processors supplying the leading retailers.


Our new exhibition, MeatMakers, sponsored by EBLEX, is designed to help farmers who are considering diversifying by adding value to their home reared meat, for example by attending farmer’s markets, introducing a farm shop or simply selling boxed meat at the farm gate. The exhibition will feature companies involved in butchery, meat processing, packaging, labeling, cool storage and transport.


Start planning your journey to the event - by road, rail or air, either with your partner, herdsman or with a group of farmers. Check out to fi nd out more about our advance ticket offer and watch the video to see how easy it is to get there.


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