Saturday, June 12, 2021

Dairy Show gets to go ahead for October

Dairy producers will at last be able to get out and about to meet colleagues, see new kit and hear from expert speakers, with the announcement that the Dairy Show will go ahead on 7 October.

Following the Government’s recent announcement that business events can recommence from October, the Royal Bath & West Society has contacted exhibitors to explain how it plans to meet health and safety guidance.

“Sadly, cattle classes will not be going ahead as we couldn’t manage social distancing in the judging ring and cattle lines,” says head of shows Alan Lyons.

“But this has made available more internal space which will be filled with trade stands and open walkways.”

Hand sanitisers and face masks will be freely available, and the seminar theatre will move to a more spacious area to allow for social distancing.

This year’s seminar theme will be ‘Breeding the cow of the future’, with expert speakers examining how producers can use pedigree genetics or cross breeding to produce the optimum cow for their system.

“We already have nearly 200 trade stands booked, and feedback from exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Mr Lyons.

“It is such an important industry event, and people are really keen to get out and network, see what’s new, and discuss the latest hot topics with friends and professionals.”

This year is the 40th anniversary of the show, so there will be an extra special buzz, and the event will also host the prestigious British Cheese Awards in place of the cancelled Royal Bath & West Show.

A new element this year will be a drop-in mental health stand run in conjunction with the Young Farmers’ Clubs. “Farming is tough at the best of times, and it’s even tougher now that people haven’t been able to get out and meet family and friends,” says Mr Lyons.

“As a society we helped to produce a fold-out Z card on mental health with Somerset Mental Health Agriculture Group and to give young farmers mental health first aid training,” he adds.

“Our informal farmhouse kitchen stand will enable visitors to drop in and discuss how they can identify whether friends and family are struggling and how they can help before it becomes a serious issue.”

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