The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF)

The National Dairy Show: free stall places, best show circuit facilities

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The Livestock Event’s National Dairy Show is scheduled to take a lead by offering exhibitors the best facilities on the show circuit with more free stall places and more time to showcase their cattle to the biggest commercial dairy farmer audience including international visitors. Equally, the event’s strict rules for showing dairy cows will enable fair competition and a level playing field for all competitors.

Staged at The NEC, Birmingham on 2 and 3 July, this year’s show is expanding in response to positive exhibitor feedback across all breeds and visitor demand for more livestock by increasing the number of stall places by 25% to 300 for the seven different breeds. “The decision has been unanimously supported by each breed society,” explains Nick Everington, chief executive of the event organiser, RABDF Events. 

“Both exhibitors and cattle are being offered a first class environment in temperature controlled buildings accompanied by a nearby wash down and state of the art clipping area. Water will be on tap in the stall lines and there will be a complementary show box lorry-to-stall drop off service provided by the event’s experienced ground contractor team. 

“Furthermore, this year we are relocating the main show ring from the Livestock Hall to the Genetics zone in the adjacent trade hall which makes for a better platform for parading animals in front of an audience of commercial farmers. Last year the Livestock Event attracted dairy farmers milking over 78% of the UK’s cows, and welcomed guests from 23 different countries. Whilst judging will take place throughout both mornings, the two day event allows more time for exhibitors to show case their cattle and do business with potential buyers, something that is difficult to achieve at a one day show whilst they are busy preparing and showing animals.”

He adds: “Once again RABDF is proud to adhere to its strict rules for showing cattle, provide a level playing field for all competitors and welcome all exhibitors particularly newcomers and those who have yet to become recognised as stalwarts on the national showing circuit.”

National Dairy Show schedules can be downloaded from www.livestockevent.co.uk Closing date for stall bookings, 20 June. Bekina is offering a free pair of wellington boots to each herd exhibitor.

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