Next month’s UK Dairy Day will go ahead with additional Covid safety measures in place following the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions.
The annual one-day event dedicated to all things dairy will be held on Wednesday, 15 September, at the International Centre in Telford, Shropshire.
The UK Dairy Day team says it is doing everything possible to stage the event responsibly with additional Covid measures in place to ensure that visitors, staff and exhibitors feel safe following the easing of lockdown restrictions earlier this summer.
Support and reaction
Arrangements include changes to layouts and crowd management to avoid a build-up of visitors in popular areas, additional ventilation systems for exhibition areas and an enhanced cleaning regime. Hand sanitiser will be available across the site.
Behind the scenes, event organisers have been working on all elements of the event. Trade stand bookings were being finalised earlier this month before publication of the full exhibitor listing and layout plan.
UK Dairy Day director Sue Cope said: “We have been overwhelmed with support and reaction from the industry to make the event happen. The team has already planned and implemented additional measures to safeguard and reassure exhibitors and visitors.
“It is unmistakably clear that vaccines are working and the sheer scale of the vaccine roll-out has supported the freedom to enable the event to happen. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to UK Dairy Day at Telford.”
Insight and learning
Demonstrations and seminars would return to the event, said Ms Hope – providing an opportunity to hear from the experts and take home insight and learning about the latest developments in the dairy sector.
Principal sponsors for 2021 include Holstein UK, NWF Agriculture, Crystalyx and Fullwood Packo. Speakers will cover key topics related to farming without subsidies, climate change, market conditions and breeding the right dairy cow.
Dairy cattle will also return to the event which will host the National Shows for Ayrshire, Brown Swiss and Holstein breeds – along with classes for Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey and Jersey. The deadline for cattle entries is Friday, 3 September.
A leading line-up of judges will cast their eye over the breeds. They include include John Suffern (Ayrshire), Stuart Williams (Brown Swiss), David Booth, (Holstein), Owain Harries (Dairy Shorthorn), Dawn Coryn (Guernsey) and Ben Etteridge (Jersey).
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