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Your Farm Business Event

AgriScot attracts almost 12,000 farmers and other agri-professionals from all corners of Britain and beyond. Held at the Royal Highland Centre, right next to Edinburgh airport, visitors can fly-in, fly-out on the same day. The location also means easy motorway access and a direct tram route from the main-line train station at Edinburgh Waverley.

Key reasons to attend:

This year the event will feature over 240 trade stands plus a machinery hall packed with the latest information, innovation and advice to help today’s farmers get the most from their business.

The free-to-attend business seminars at AgriScot are a major attraction year after year. For 2019 the packed programme will include political debate, new entrant advice, digital accounting and a sneak insight into the Oxford Farming Conference.

A main ring demonstration of beef cattle management techniques and workshops with appeal to all farming sectors will take place throughout the day. The beef demonstration is recognised as one of the main attractions at the show.

The  Farm of the Year Awards are a big deal. Awards are made annually to nominated farms, judged by the assessors to be the best arable, beef, dairy and sheep units in Scotland.

The annual silage competition is organised by Andrew Best, from sponsor Watson Seeds. “AgriScot chairman, Robert Neil, explains how the competition fits in with the overall event: AgriScot is attended by a great many livestock farmers and, indeed, contractors, for whom quality silage production is hugely important. We are always looking to showcase best practice at AgriScot and rewarding the fruits of successful silage-making is part of that overall aim. ” The 2019 competition will see prizes of over £5,000 awarded.

The AgriScot Business Skills competition encourages young farmers, students and other young agricultural professionals to demonstrate and further develop their farm business management skills. The final of the competition takes place on the day of AgriScot, with the winner presented with a cheque for £1,000 courtesy of sponsors, Dairymaster. Previous winner, Andrew McGregor, had this to say: “Being involved in the AgriScot Business Skills competition was a real challenge and a good introduction to planning projects on-farm. As a young person in farming there are not many chances to be the main decision-maker when it comes to major investment, so to get the experience doing that within a competition was a great opportunity.” Andrew was recently appointed as chairman of the SAYFC Agri Affairs group, and is keen to add that the competition is not solely for students – it’s open to anyone under 26 years of age.

The AgriScot Product Innovation Award is presented at the show. The award is open to all AgriScot trade stand exhibitors and judged by a panel of expert judges on the day prior to AgriScot, enabling award certificates to be proudly displayed to visitors on the big day.

AgriScot is the number one winter business event for new product launches. The event has regularly hosted the UK public debut of machines from major manufacturers.

Top dairy cattle from throughout the British Isles make an annual pilgrimage to AgriScot to compete for the prestigious Super Cow and Super Heifer titles in the Dairy Championship. The dairy cattle judge for this year has been announced as New Zealand farmer and pedigree breeder, Selwyn Donald. With his ancestors originally hailing from Ayrshire, Selwyn is the fourth generation in his family to farm from New Zealand and milks 400 cows on the outskirts of the Featherston Township. He comments: “With all of my family history, I am very excited about AgriScot!” In total, £25,000 in prize money will be up for grabs due to sponsors including NWF Agriculture, Moredun, Turcan Connell, Kilpatrick & Walker and more.

With the whole event undercover, it can cope with even the worst of Scottish November weather.

Social media activity

AgriScot is very active on both Twitter and Facebook. Look out for increasing activity as the 2019 event approaches, and on the day of AgriScot.

Twitter is a useful platform for AgriScot visitors and exhibitors to interact and exchange information. If you follow @AgriScot and use #AgriScot, you’ll be able to share your views, find out more about exhibitors’ products and services, discuss seminar topics and interact with other AgriScot visitors, all in real time. 

Celebrating 40 years of diet feeder manufacturing

It’s 40 years since BvL introduced the first vertical feed mixer wagon to the market, during which time the company has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diet mixers.

Today, the BvL V-MIX range of diet feeders covers a wide range of machines, available in single, twin and triple auger variants and capacity from 3.5m3 up to 46m3. A wide range of specifications and options are available, allowing each machine to be tailored to the needs of all types of farm and livestock.

BvL will display a 17m3 capacity, twin auger, single axle diet feeder at Agriscot. The powerful mixing augers are made from high quality steel with Hardox leading edges and adjustable knives with mixing wedges in the mixing hopper.

A unique feature of all BvL diet mixers is the patented EDS (Exact Dosing System) discharge. This is designed to provide consistent, even forage discharge, deposited in a loose swath. Doors on both the left and right hand side of the feeder even allow the mix to be deposited on both sides simultaneously. A wide range of additional discharge door options are available, as is a discharge conveyor.

A further option unique to BvL is the availability of special coatings and hardened components. This option is particularly suited to beef cattle rations and large dairy herds.

Also on display will be a BvL Mega 180 shear grab, which is designed to provide a clean cut, leaving a clean face to the clamp. The Mega 180 has a total capacity of 2.25m3 and is constructed from wear resistant steel. 

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