UK Dairy Day - Statement from Richard Jones, Chief Executive of Holstein UK

Richard Jones, Holstein UK Chief Executive, commented;

“Holstein UK acted on behalf of its members and the dairy industry to ensure that there was a dedicated dairy event held in the UK every September. We are determined that UK Dairy Day will continue to showcase the very best of British dairying and feature all cattle breeds from all over the UK. The one day event is tailored for the dairy sector and has established itself as the leading event for dairy farmers to network, meet industry suppliers, share knowledge, innovations and ideas – and this will continue until at least 2020.

In response to recent speculation surrounding RABDF and Livestock Event, with plans to change the date of this event to early September, Holstein UK can confirm that discussions with RABDF have occurred, but there are many issues to be resolved before any joint activity can be confirmed. Our foremost priority is to protect our members and the financial security of Holstein UK and the current framework for UK Dairy Day already achieves this very successfully.

The positive reaction that UK Dairy Day has received over the last two years demonstrates Holstein UK’s understanding of exactly what the dairy industry needs. In 2015 visitor numbers exceeded 7,000 and this is expected to grow. The variation on offer for dairy farmers and those related to the industry, from topical seminars, new product competitions, college and charity displays – to leading cattle shows and over 300 businesses represented provides a diverse, informative and valuable business event.

UK Dairy Day 2016 takes place on Wednesday 14th September at the International Centre in Telford. In response to the challenges currently facing the industry, UK Dairy Day has made important changes for the 2016 event to support farmers by offering free visitor entry, and free car parking onsite and off-site. We’re also extremely appreciative of a new partnership with Anglia Farmers which is enabling free entry for all show cattle.”