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farming: Dairy show cancelled due to disease.

THE Dairy Event, Europe's premier business to business exhibition which was to be staged at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, on September 19 and 20 has been cancelled due to the foot-and-mouth outbreak.

The event had been due to continue next week without cattle exhibits and livestock on stands.

However yesterday, event organiser the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, decided to cancel the event.

Lyndon Edwards, RABDF council chairman, said: "It is with great regret that I have to announce the cancellation of the Dairy Event.

"The council members of RABDF, organisers of the event, have taken specialist veterinary and professional advice.

"We have concluded that following the resurgence of the foot-and-mouth outbreak, it would be seriously unwise and irresponsible to hold a meeting of 10,000 farmers in one place, particularly as they will have travelled from all parts of the UK.

"We are still unsure that the virus has not spread outside the Surrey surveillance zone and a decision had to be made today, as contractors and stand holders were planning to build the event over the weekend."

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GROUNDED: Cattle at last year's Dairy Event. This year's show has been cancelled due to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 15, 2007
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