RABDF Announce changes to the Livestock Event from 2017

RABDF Announce changes to the Livestock Event from 2017

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RABDF have today announced changes to the future of the Livestock Event post 2016.

This year’s event is unaffected and will be held next week, 6-7 July at the NEC. Find BGS at our Forage Field Feature in partnership with Germinal.


In 2017 event is reverting to its roots in a move back to its traditional September timeslot with the  6 September already set for the event to take place at the NEC. Since 2013 the event has been held in July and has been targeted at an audience of livestock producers across the board. 2017 will also see a ‘refocus’ on dairy meaning that the event’s name will also change to ‘The National Dairy Event’. In addition the event will be held over one-day instead of the current two.

The organisation reports that despite efforts to attract a diverse mixture of farmers to the event in recent years, annual tracking of producers, visitors and exhibitors indicates that a specialist event in September remains the preferred option.

The decision to reduce the event by a day is linked to the overall economic contraction and consolidation felt across the industry and associated trades, which is also the impetus for a hoped joint event with Holstein UK, incorporating their ‘Dairy Day’ which has also been held in September in recent years.

RABDF is optimistic about the future of the event and in its announcement suggests that the option to revert back to a two day event in the future will not be ruled out.

British Grassland Society runs a regular feature at the Livestock Event as part of our Forage Field initiative. To see more about our installation at the event click here



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