Supporting commercial farmers by providing the tools and ideas required to drive their businesses forward efficiently, is the focus of the new StockTech area at the Smithfield Festival this November.

“Producing stock efficiently has never been more important, as farmers feel the pressure of ever fluctuating prices for prime stock,” said William Haire, East of England Showground agricultural development manager.

“We will be supporting progressive producers who want to keep up-to-date with the latest industry developments, with a new StockTech area at the festival this year.

“Practical and simple solutions that use precision technology and innovative techniques can help us all to make efficiencies within our own sheep and beef businesses,” said Mr Haire.

“StockTech is all about delivering modern precision farming technology and concepts in a practical way. There is much research and development undertaken on behalf of the industry, and it’s important we take every opportunity to get a close look at the results and these fresh ideas where it can help us to produce stock as resourcefully as possible.”

The organising committee at the East of England are passionate about safeguarding the traditional values of the Smithfield Festival, whilst at the same time ensuring that the festival on the November 26 and 27 is relevant and useful for the modern sheep and beef producer.

“Working with a wide range of industry partners within the StockTech zone, there will be a variety of experts on hand, alongside demonstrations and seminars of an advisory, educational and practical nature.

“There will be something for everyone; challenging ideas for existing stock keepers, alongside guidance for arable farmers in the region who may be considering diversifying and looking for some helpful advice. Anyone who wants to learn about best practice and new and innovative methods of producing stock, should visit StockTech,” concluded Mr Haire.

Festival organisers, the East of England Agricultural Society, have confirmed that exhibitor and trade stand packs are now available, and those exhibitors who have stock entered in LiveScot can be accommodated with an early exit.

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