Agri Scot 2016 will boast more than 240 trade stands

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

AGRISCOT, one of the pre­mier events in UK agri­cul­ture, con­tin­ues to de­velop its ap­peal to all sec­tors of the in­dus­try, both to the trade and a wide cross sec­tion of farm­ers ea­ger to seek out prod­ucts, ser­vices, ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion for their farm­ing busi­nesses.

The 2016 event, which takes place on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 16, will fea­ture more than 240 trade stands ex­hibit­ing a wide va­ri­ety of prod­ucts, com­pe­ti­tions for as­pir­ing young agri­cul­tural pro­fes­sion­als, new prod­ucts, busi­ness sem­i­nars and tech­ni­cal demon­stra­tions for a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts and ser­vices cov­er­ing ev­ery as­pect of agri­cul­ture.

Those seek­ing an­swers to the myr­iad of ques­tions on their own cir­cum­stances will find them at the farm busi­ness event where the best com­mer­cial and tech­ni­cal ad­vice is on of­fer. Agriscot con­tin­ues to de­velop its ap­peal to all sec­tors of the in­dus­try, both to the trade and to a wide cross sec­tion of farm­ers ea­ger to seek out the prod­ucts, ser­vices, ad­vice, and in­for­ma­tion nec­es­sary for their farm­ing busi­nesses.

The Low­land Hall is the coun­try’s largest win­ter dis­play of ma­chin­ery where vis­i­tors will be able to view the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in farm hard­ware and tech­nol­ogy, from the lat­est trac­tors to equip­ment for both arable and live­stock farms. Agriscot now en­com­passes four ex­hi­bi­tion halls, in­clud­ing the most re­cent ad­di­tion, The Up­land Hall, which helps to of­fer vis­i­tors an even greater range of prod­ucts and ser­vices.

Add in the com­pe­ti­tions for as­pir­ing young agri­cul­tural pro­fes­sion­als, silage and new prod­ucts, busi­ness sem­i­nars, tech­ni­cal demon­stra­tions, it’s easy to see that Agriscot is the place to be if you are in the busi­ness of farm­ing.

The new Agriscot Scot­tish Arable Farm of the Year award, aims to em­u­late the suc­cess of the Scot­tish Dairy, Scotch Beef and Scot­tish Sheep Farm of the Year Com­pe­ti­tions.

An­drew Moir, Agriscot chair­man, ex­plained the think­ing be­hind the new award. He said: ‘Agriscot is now, more than ever, about all sec­tors of agri­cul­ture.

‘A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of the trade stands and sem­i­nars at our event are hugely rel­e­vant to arable farm­ers and we have been at­tract­ing them in in­creas­ing num­bers year on year.

‘ With the on­go­ing suc­cess of our farm of the year awards for the three prin­ci­pal live­stock sec­tors we felt that arable busi­nesses were miss­ing out. Thanks to spon­sor­ship from Soi­lessen­tials and the sup­port of AHDB Ce­re­als & Oilseeds, we are able to an­nounce at Agriscot that the in­au­gu­ral Scot­tish Arable Farm of the Year com­pe­ti­tion will take place in 2017.’

Agriscot has an es­tab­lished his­tory of sec­to­rial and busi­ness com­pe­ti­tions. Awards are made each year not only in the farm of the year com­pe­ti­tions, but also for farm busi­ness skills ex­hib­ited by a young Scot­tish tal­ent, the best silage crops and the best new prod­uct ex­hibit at Agriscot. The awards are a way of high­light­ing ex­cel­lence in the in­dus­try and, in turn, help­ing farm­ers to pick up ways in which their own busi­nesses might be im­proved.

Agriscot started out as a spe­cial­ist event for dairy farm­ers, and over the year has grown in size and scope to be­come the lead­ing busi­ness and net­work­ing event for the en­tire agri­cul­tural in­dus­try. The one- day ex­hi­bi­tion at­tracts farm­ers and agri­cul­tural pro­fes­sion­als from across Scot­land, and, thanks to its prox­im­ity to Edinburgh Air­port, from all over Bri­tain and be­yond.

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