Wednesday was spent off farm at AgriScot.
AgriScot is the UK’s number one farm business event, and is held at the Royal Highland Show Centre every year. It’s something I’ve been trying to get to for the last couple of years, so it was nice to finally get to Ingliston for the show and see what AgriScot had to offer.
As Iona was working at the event, we were in for the long haul. Spending the whole day can be a bit of a drag at some shows but there was a good mix of talks, seminars, workshops and award presentations to break up the day.
I attended a sheep health workshop with the Moredun Foundation and also caught a talk on Ice Robotics CowAlert system, which despite not being a dairy man, I found very useful. Collecting and, more importantly, using data to monitor livestock and boost performance is becoming vital for dairy farmers and it’s definitely an area all farmers need to improve on to compete in the future.
I also found that, as it is purely a business event, companies had more time for you and your queries. At the Highland Show, you’re often competing for their attention with members of the public looking for freebies or children clambering over the equipment so it was nice to be able to spend some time chatting and finding out a bit more about some new gear and technologies that I was interested for the farm. Unfortunately, that does mean you come away with a nice big shopping list…
The one draw back for me, though this is purely down to personal preference, is that AgriScot was traditionally a dairy event, so it is still fairly dairy heavy. It is definitely becoming more of an event for agriculture as a whole, with awards and seminars for beef and sheep enterprises too, but it would definitely be good to see more in the coming years.
I did come away with a free woolly hat and had a bloody fantastic hog roast roll (with crackling and stuffing, hold the apple sauce) too, so I’ll let the lack of sheep slide…