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Advance sales up for Dairy and Livestock.

WELSH farmers and industry specialists will be among more than 14,500 visitors travelling to the Dairy Event and Livestock Show at the NEC, Birmingham next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Event organiser Nick Everington says the venue, 15 minutes walk from Birmingham International airport and railway station, will host the biggest show yet.

"A record 480 trade exhibitors have booked stand space and of those, over 20% have taken additional space compared with previous years, a trend which reflects the strength of the industry'support," said Mr Everington, who is also chief executive of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers. "Advance ticket sales are well up on the year indicating that farmers, in particular those located in south west Wales, are planning to take advantage of being able to get there and back in one day in comfort."

The event will be officially opened on Tuesday by the Princess Royal. UK Agriculture Minister Jim Paice will be there. All trade exhibitors can be found under one roof in interlinked exhibition halls. A second structure, the two-acre Livestock Hall, accommodates livestock including the dairy classes featuring 220 cows from seven different breeds competing for the pounds 1,000 championship. Wales Chief Vet Dr Christianne Glossop will address improving farm biosecurity standards at Farm Health Planning seminars. The Silage Advisory Centre's Dave Davies and Rhun Fychan will speak at the new Feed Science Forums. The Diversifarm exhibition explores opportunities to generate new income. Admission is pounds 18.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Article Type:Financial report
Date:Aug 31, 2010
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