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The Dairy Show, Bath & West Showground

The Dairy Show is an essential date in the farming calendar and is the largest dairy show of its kind in the UK. It combines a comprehensive trade show with an exhibition of world class dairy cattle.

This year’s show takes place on Wednesday 3 October at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

The Dairy Show cow contest

It is a useful one-stop-shop for producers who want to get an idea of where to take their farms in the future, says Alan Lyons, Head of Shows. “Whether you are looking for increased mechanisation, the latest smartphone apps and technical advice, or to update current equipment – you can find it all at the Dairy Show.

Detailed below is a taste of what’s new at this year’s Dairy Show.

Micron Bio-Systems will be showcasing its new MycoCheckUp app at the Dairy Show. This helps producers assess the risk of mycotoxins to health, performance and profitability.

Visitors can also learn about Immuguard which is a nutritional supplement that helps to support immunity in calves. 

For producers after an easy and efficient post-milking teat dip procedure, Pearce Dairy will have Cotswold Dairy’s new PureDipper at the Show. The device offers gold-standard product application with the SupaSpray pump and trigger lance, which applies product onto teats reliably and consistently.

DeLaval will be at the Dairy Show launching 3 brand new products. Firstly, its VMS new robotic milking system V300 which has the potential to milk over 3,500 litres a day!

Secondly, the OptiDuo – DeLaval’s new robotic feed pusher will be demostrated. It remixes and repositions feed to help increase feed intake and reduce waste, saving time. It can mix all kinds of feeds including any TMR, straw, hay and fresh grass.

“Technology like this has the potential to ensure that dairy cows have continual access to a well-mixed diet,” says Dr Trevor DeVries, professor at the University of Guelph.

Finally, DeLaval will be showcasing their new farm management app: DeLaval DelPro Companion. Complementing the DelPro Farm Manager, it displays animal information and supports working routines, automatically synchronising with DelPro Companion from the farm server to your mobile device.

The Dairy Show ring

Vuxxx will be bringing the Bi-PILL to this year’s Dairy Show which is the first ever bicarbonate pill for calves with diarrhoea. They can be treated as soon as symptoms occur, thus saving money.

Volac will be bringing its Lifeguard range of milk formulas to the Dairy Show. Based on concentrate whey proteins – which make up most of the protein content in colostrum – the new formulas incorporate the highest quality ingredients.

Volac has also launched a new platform to help farmers monitor performance with a calf growth app and website. The smartphone app allows producers to record and monitor individual calf growth rates against pre-set targets, while the ‘Feed for Growth’ website contains practical advice on calf needs as well as how to put a growth plan together.

Garston Vets are launching a new initiative ‘Garston Proactive Farmers’ at this year’s Dairy Show. This is designed to help producers improve their herd health. It identifies strengths and weaknesses on each farm and comes up with a tailored approach to maximise returns. The service will target areas where the biggest gains can be made, will provide benchmarking analysis and ensure farm assurance requirements are met.

King Feeders UK will be bringing its exciting new version of the King Feeder wagon to the Dairy Show. This particular model can chop straw and silage to a fine product, removing the need to chop straw prior to mixing. The beauty is it guarantees a perfectly homogeneous mix in half the time with and amazing 40% less power than traditional systems.

A visit to the Dairy Show is not to be missed. It provides a great platform for farmers to keep abreast of the latest technology.

Advance tickets are priced at £15 per adult. An on the day gate price is available at £17. Tickets can be booked by phone on 0844 7766777.