By Rosie Breakwell • Published on 9th August, 2023
Dairy producers will be making their way to the UK’s dairy heartland as The Dairy Show returns to the Bath & West Showground in Somerset on Wednesday 4 October 2023 – and saver tickets are now available.
Showcasing the latest innovation and talking topical matters alongside demonstrations of first-class stockmanship, the show remains as important to the dairy calendar as ever. The dairy sector is a fundamental part of British agriculture, says head of shows, Jess Chiplen.
“Dairy farmers continue to experience the effects of global events, and are certainly being challenged by the disparity between input costs and a falling milk price.
“There remains a lot of pressure on producers, and it does require more robust action from government and industry. But it is also clear that the sector is resilient and determined; it continues to develop pioneering solutions to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, and importantly, the solutions can support our world-class farmers in being productive, profitable farm businesses.
“It’s a privilege to be able to bring together like-minded producers and allied industries.”
The Dairy Show’s theme this year will be carbon, with the focus not only on how producers can reduce their carbon footprint, but also how they can capitalise on this natural resource. Farm Carbon Toolkit, Trinity Ag-Tech, Mole Valley Farmers, and Bennaman will be joining producers in the seminar tent. “It is well timed, with many producers looking for greater transparency and consistency around natural capital markets and carbon measurement,” says Ms Chiplen.
Remaining at the show’s heart are the dairy cattle, with exhibitors travelling from all over the country to compete in a variety of breed classes before respective champions go head-to-head for the sought after Supreme Champion title. The Dairy Show will also be hosting the Jersey Cattle Society of the UK, and the English Guernsey Cattle Society’s National Shows.
To that end, competition entries are now open (8 August) to all classes, including the national shows.
Jack Cordery, chief executive of headline sponsor, Mole Valley Farmers says: “We are delighted to continue our long-standing association with The Dairy Show as headline sponsor. For more than 40 years the event has showcased the dairy industry and championed the sector.
“As a farmer-owned business with a co-operative ethos, the show gives us a strong platform to meet with our customers and demonstrate how we can support their farms.”
The Society is very pleased to be welcoming everyone back to the show, adds Ms Chiplen. “And we’re equally looking forward to celebrating the best in British dairying at the Dairy Industry Dinner, taking place on the evening before (3 October).”
Advance tickets are available at £17 per adult, increasing to £20 on the gate. Students, with proof, will have discounted entry at £15 and children under 15 years old will have free entry.
Find out more and book tickets at https://www.bathandwest.com/the-dairy-show/about
Enter competitions at https://www.bathandwest.com/the-dairy-show/competitive-entries