09th August, 2018
As the industry prepares for Brexit, professional development and business acumen will be vital farming attributes, according to head of shows Alan Lyons. “The industry is facing a period of drastic change, both through political upheaval and exciting technological improvements. It’s therefore more important than ever that we work together to help producers take dairying into a profitable future.”
This year the Dairy Show – which will be held on 3 October near Shepton Mallet, Somerset – welcomes on board a new chairman, David Cotton. Bringing a wealth of experience and industry knowledge, Mr Cotton is only the fourth show chairman to head up the 33-year old event. Based at Bridge Farm, Glastonbury, fourth generation farmer Mr Cotton milks 250 Holstein Friesians, keeps all his own replacements and rears beef and youngstock.
His involvement with the Royal Bath and West Society stretches back many years, and he has previously been chairman of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and the Dairy Event. He also sits on the AHDB Dairy board and is a non-executive director at the RPA.