Holland’s floating dairy farm, 3D printing and drones will all feature at the brand new Dairy-Tech event, taking place at Stoneleigh Park on 7 February.

Dairy-Tech promises to showcase the latest innovation and ground-breaking technology, from robots to virtual reality, visitors can expect to see a completely new event concept.

RABDF managing director Matt Knights says Holland’s floating dairy farm is a fantastic example of space utilisation which frees land to be used to feed our ever-growing population whilst the dairy is hosted on the water itself.

“This type of concept is an example of how we need the industry to be thinking outside the box to help with future success and profitability of dairy farms.

“It’s the same with 3D printing; whilst the process isn’t widely used in the sector it has the potential to print parts required in parlours and on farm, which in turn could reduce the amount of time spent waiting for replacements ensuring maximum efficiency.”

The event has two hubs – innovation and dairy – these will house a variety of dynamic speakers covering a wide ranging variety of subjects such as the potential benefits drones could have for dairy farming, applied genomics for progressive dairies, how to bust the ever-growing series of milk myths facing the industry, brand new pen diagnostics and advice on funding. Further sessions include the labour shortage – how technology and innovation could hold the answer and AMR – the genetic solution.

Harper Adams’ Hands Free Hectare and the RAU’s Farm 491 will showcase their newest projects whilst Lely will demo their very latest automation and house the brand new Discovery scraper on their stand. Drone AG and Bexcopter will be showcasing their drones, highlighting just what benefits they can offer a dairy business in terms of disease management. There will also be the chance for visitors to walk around Bexcopter’s specially designed virtual reality environment.

Hoof trimming demonstrations will take place as part of the practical skills element of the show and will be carried out by Steve Paul. Demonstrations will include both the knife and grinder techniques as well as showing correct methods for sharpening trimming knifes.

Full speaker timetables can be found online alongside information on new products. Tickets are now available, costing £17 when booked in advance at www.dairy-tech.uk or free for RABDF members. All pre-purchased tickets are eligible for a personalised itinerary, a copy of which will be emailed out ahead of the event to help visitors utilise their time efficiently by suggesting the most relevant stands, seminars and workshops to attend.


Press enquiries, new product enquiries and further information to Victoria Chomiak (victoriachomiak@rabdf.co.uk) or 02476 639317