With more than 400 exhibitors and an estimated 16,000 visitors, Livestock 2014 transforms the NEC in Birmingham into an indoor agricultural event. Sybil Ruscoe takes a look.
Sybil Ruscoe is at the Livestock Event 2014, which for two days transforms the NEC in Birmingham into an indoor agricultural event. She hears from farmers and consultants about the opportunities which lie ahead for British dairy farmers, once milk quotas are abolished in April next year. Efficiency will be the name of the game, if they are to keep up with their European rivals and make the most of the new demand for dairy products from emerging economies. Sybil gets a look at the latest innovation in robotic feeding systems for cattle, which could help farmers compete.
Farming Today also hears about research which for the first time uses computer modelling to examine the spread of bovine TB in Britain. Does it cast doubt on the government's badger cull policy? Farming Minister George Eustice thinks not. We hear from him, and one of the report's authors.
Presented by Sybil Ruscoe and produced by Emma Campbell.