We were delighted to be able to host a lunch at this year’s Dairy Show, held in the Bath &West showground near Shepton Mallet. The Dairy Show is one of the most important dates in the calendar of many dairy farmers and those associated with the industry. The show has over 300 dairy cattle entered into various judging categories and has over 6000 visitors. We were able to welcome local farmers, clients and those associated with the industry to have a fantastic ploughman’s lunch. When talking to Dairy Farmers, it’s not lost on us that the industry has faced difficult times of late. It is also clear that success of the dairy sector impacts on the wider success of the South-West economy.
The economic importance of Dairy Farming to the region should not be underestimated.
An important part of the South-West economy Dairy Farming is a sector that the region is rightly proud of. The South-West is home to nearly 40% of England’s dairy cows and represents a quarter of the country’s milk production (NFU Online). Recently, most of the positive news about the industry has been drowned out by negative stories. Pricing, bovine TB and business viability have all made national headlines. The resilience, ingenuity and commitment of the sector have been impressive during this time.
Despite the challenging economic times , dairy farmers from across the region continue to produce a high-quality product. South-West milk is used in cheeses and other products that are exported all over the world. The family Dairy Farm remains an important part of the social fabric of our rural economy, and one that should be celebrated.
It was fantastic to be able to come together with over 100 farming clients, friends and contacts. A rare opportunity to ‘chew the cud’ whilst celebrating everything that is great about the Dairy Sector. We thoroughly recommend visiting the Dairy Show. Thank you to the Bath & West catering team for doing an excellent job.
Our agricultural team have written frequently about the industry and many of their recent articles can be seen on our agricultural page.