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Countdown to Livestock Event

24 June 2013

UK - The Livestock Event, to be held at the NEC in Birmingham, will soon be here, bringing talks, seminars and demonstrations on the most pressing issues around farm technology, economics and animal health.

The Livestock Event will enable all farmers to gain the latest technical and financial advice and make more timely business decisions, all in one place on one day from over 450 exhibitors.

While the event retains its true dairy roots with 440 out of 450 exhibitors offering products and advice for dairy farmers, there’s also plenty to see and do for beef and sheep producers – over 300 stands will be of interest to beef farmers and 260 for sheep farmers.

The cattle classes with almost 300 entries, are relocating from Hall 16 - the stand alone exhibition hall, to Hall 17 - one of the main trade halls which is located next to the genetics zone featuring the key suppliers, and adjacent to the outdoor machinery. These new arrangements will enable livestock to be a great deal more prominent and enhance the experience for both visitors and exhibitors. The cattle classes will feature the following two major events:

The National Dairy Show, a new feature organised by RABDF with six different breeds and a comprehensive range of classes covering heifers, milking cows and stockmanship. Judging will take place on both days.

The National Charolais Show, a new event for 80 performance recorded pedigree cattle organised by the breed society combined with the Charolais Young Breeders’ stock judging awards.

The latest technical developments including more than 100 new products, of which over 30 will be launched for the first time at the event.

Forage field: Forage Field a brand new feature in 2013 will include a soil surgery, advice on plate metering, guidance on use of software to make the most from pasture, weed control, how to grow home grown protein feeds and best advice when it comes to baling and wrapping silage.

Free Seminars: over 50 interactive seminars will be taking place over both event days. The Feed Science Forums, Farm Health Planning Seminars and Business Debates will provide innovative and interactive sessions. Dairy Pro points will be available to those attending.

Careers Village: a CV and business plan check in clinic plus new series of presentations to help guide students towards the wide range of employment opportunities available in this industry.

Foot trimming demonstrations: another popular practical feature demonstrating the most widely used techniques supported by independent commentary.

Mixer wagon demonstrations: providing all visitors with the opportunity to see how six of the leading makes handle the same dairy and beef rations. Farmers will also learn the correct order to load ingredients and the optimum mixing times for each model so the ration is best presented to stock and feed intake is maximised

Machinery hall: visitors will be able to make more informed buying decisions on the latest machinery and equipment in the new venue, the largest single hall dedicated to agricultural machinery in the UK.

Tickets and travel arrangements

Tickets: pre-book on line and take advantage of discounted rates; see


By train or plane: less than 15 minutes walk from Birmingham International railway station and airport
By car: straight off the M6 or M42 to free parking
By coach free of charge: RABDF supported by the Livestock Auctioneers Association, is offering free coach travel from 20 departure points at auction marts across the country.
To take advantage of the offer, purchase an online ticket for £20, the same as gate price. For full details and how to book see

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