East of England Winter Stock Festival 2017
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Young Stockperson of the Year final will take place at this year’s Winter Stock Festival.
The final preparations are underway for the 10th annual East of England Winter Stock Festival, which is being held on the later date of the 1st and 2nd December at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. In line with the event’s key focus of helping producers respond to the upcoming challenges in British agriculture, the 2017 Winter Stock Festival will encompass trade stands, workshops, seminars and youth competitions, alongside its premier livestock show. “With uncertainty hanging over UK agriculture, collaboration is more important than ever, and we hope
to unite the livestock and ancillary industries at this year’s festival,” says festival show director, William Haire. “Visitors will be able to see some of the best cattle, sheep and pigs in the country, as well as having the opportunity to gain valuable information on the latest technologies and developments in agriculture.” He adds that alongside an array
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1st and 2nd December 2017 East of England Showground, Peterborough Free entry and parking for visitors, no pre-booking required Commercial cattle, baby beef, pedigree calves, commercial lamb, breeding ewes, beef ribs and lamb carcasses and new for 2017, pigs. www.winterstockfestival.co.uk or email: email@example.com.
of trade stands, a packed schedule of seminars will be running on day one. “In order to remain viable in a post-Brexit era, I strongly believe that producers will have to farm smarter than they already are and embracing new technologies will be a fundamental component. The seminar line-up reflects this, with topics carefully selected to deliver advice on how producers can practically respond to the upcoming challenges in agriculture.” The line-up includes top speakers from AHDB and Dawn Meats Group. “AHDB senior beef and sheep scientist Dr Liz Genever, will be discussing the benefits of livestock within an arable rotation, while Steve West, AHDB knowledge exchange manager will cover the BVD free England campaign,” says Mr Haire. “Using technical efficiencies and best practice to create a sustainable suckler herd will be the focus of Dawn Meats Group agriculture manager, Sarah Haire’s talk.”
Focus on youth
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European wheel and tyre specialist Starco has launched two new tyre designs. The company unveiled its HT Pro, a low profile 10in tyre for haytedders, and HS Flotation, a premium 17in tyre solution for agricultural implements at November’s Agritechnica event in Hanover. Wheels and tyres’ ability to optimise an agricultural vehicle’s potential is often overlooked, said Starco’s director for agricultural implements Frédéric Ivancich. The company worked with Claas to redesign the haytedder wheel and the resulting HT Pro is a low profile 10in tubeless complete wheel solution for haytedders, with a tyre pattern that allows for
better performance, enhanced stability, easier maintenance and improved reliability in the field. “The launch of Starco HT Pro breaks with the existing tyre traditions and is the first step in the journey towards a maintenance free wheel and tyre solution for haytedders,” says Frédéric. Meanwhile the Starco HS Flotation is a premium 17in tyre solution ideally suited to agricultural implements that work hard both in the field and on the road. Visitors to Agrictechnica saw how the tyre offered multiple benefits including maximum stability, reduced ground pressure, optimum rolling and improved reliability.
Alongside a comprehensive programme of primestock classes for cattle, sheep and pigs, as well as a pedigree calf show, the festival will once again feature a packed line-up of competitions dedicated to the younger generation. “A strong focus for this year’s event will again be the younger generation, with the College Competition and final of the Young
Stockperson of the Year, set to be a particular highlight,” says Mr Haire. “Last year we had an outstanding 30 teams representing colleges from across the country and we hope to replicate that success this year. The level of support demonstrates the immense talent and enthusiasm we have coming into the industry, and it’s important that we encourage and develop new entrants.” Continuing the focus on young people within agriculture, the ‘Careers in Agriculture’ workshop will also return this year. Launched in 2016, the workshop provides young people and graduates with the opportunity to speak to leading professionals about their future career options. “We can all learn from each other for a stronger British agriculture and during this period of uncertainty, working together is vital to ensure we’re fully prepared. The Winter Stock Festival is an excellent platform for all sectors of the industry to collaborate and I very much look forward to welcoming faces old and new, to this year’s event,” concludes Mr Haire. ■
The festival will once again feature a packed line-up of competitions dedicated to the younger generation.
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