More than 460 exhibitors will be at the NEC Livestock Event today, showcasing the latest developments in technology for the dairy farming industry. Products which will be on display include:
- Robotic milking machines
- Computerised calf feeders
- Milk pregnancy test kits
- Computerised neck collars to detect cow fertility
- A mini robotic forage sweeper
- Hi-tech milk storage tanks that the farmer controls by text
- The latest in hi-tech formulated diets for cows
The UK's biggest livestock event will take place at the NEC today, attracting thousands of farmers from across the country.
Farmers will discuss the region's influence on the livestock sector and meet with industry retailers and suppliers.
One of the UK's largest competitive dairy shows will take place, with 180 cows taking place, including six different breeds.
Around 16,000 farmers are expected to arrive at the NEC today, when the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers stages its biggest dairy show yet.
Some of the latest industry innovations will be at the show, including robotic milking machines, milk pregnancy test kits, computerised neck collars to detect cows' fertility and 'text messaging' feeding machines.
Dairy Crest has announced that it will close its site at Crudgington in Shropshire within the next 18 to 24 months. The move puts up to 161 jobs at risk.
The company says it proposes to consolidate the manufacture of all retail butters and spreads at its existing site in Kirkby, in Liverpool.
It also plans to increase bulk butter production at its Severnside creamery in Gloucestershire.
Dairy Crest say overall job losses will be offset by the creation of around 50 extra jobs at Kirkby and another 20 at Severnside.