Producers will finally be able to get out and about to meet colleagues, view the latest kit and hear from expert speakers, with the news that the Dairy Show will go ahead on October 7.
Following the Government’s recent announcement that business events can recommence from October, the Royal Bath & West Society has contacted exhibitors to explain how it plans to meet health and safety guidance.
“Unfortunately cattle classes will not be going ahead, because social distancing in the judging ring and cattle lines would be extremely difficult to manage,” says Royal Bath & West of England Society’s Alan Lyons. “But this has freed up more internal space at the show, which will be filled with trade stands and open walkways.”
Hand sanitisers and face masks will be freely available, and the seminar theatre will move to a more spacious area to allow for social distancing.
This year’s seminar theme will be ‘Breeding the cow of the future’, with expert speakers examining how producers can use pedigree genetics or cross breeding to produce the optimum cow for their system.
“We already have almost 200 trade stands booked, and feedback from exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Mr Lyons.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the show and the event will also host the prestigious British Cheese Awards, in place of the cancelled Royal Bath & West Show. It will be one of the only cheese competitions to run in 2020, and winners will be announced the evening before the show.
A new element this year will be a drop-in mental health stand run in conjunction with the Young Farmers’ Club. “Farming is tough at the best of times, and it’s even tougher now that people haven’t been able to get out and meet family and friends,” says Mr Lyons.
The society has helped to produce a fold-out card on mental health, in conjunction with Somerset Mental Health Agriculture Group. “Our informal ‘farmhouse kitchen’ stand will enable visitors to drop in and discuss how they can identify whether friends and family are struggling and how they can help before it becomes a serious issue,” he adds.
Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £13 for students, and must be pre-purchased online to enable the society to track and trace for Covid-19. For more information visit www.bathandwest.com/the-dairy-show