2013 - The Year of Precision Farming at the Show.
The Royal Highland Show is a perfect platform to showcase the latest innovations designed to increase returns on inputs while preserving resources. Over the four days, farmers will see a complete range of systems on display and understand how precision farming can be used to improve accuracy, cut costs and boost margins. Here’s three case studies from exhibitors at this years show/
Dairymaster - High Performance Dairy Equipment for the progressive farmer…
Dairymaster are the third largest milking equipment manufacturer in the world with our headquarters in the UK in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
Dairymaster’s innovative product range encompasses five key areas: Milking Equipment; Automated Feeding Systems; Hydraulic Manure Scrapers; Cow Fertility Monitors and Milk Cooling Tanks. Technology is a big focus throughout the product range, examples of this are; there is an app for the cow fertility monitors and two way communication between the milk cooling tank and the operator.
By milking each cow an average of one minute faster than the competition, Dairymaster’s state-of-the-art milking equipment delivers 5% more yield in scientific trials. In turn, this superior milk-out, natural milking and a focus on automation allows the dairy farmer to make smarter management decisions. The machine can even talk the operator through the entire process - a sort of dairy sat nav.
Many of the products operate effectively as stand alone products however all are capable of being upgraded and integrated into a fully computerised milking parlour with the capability of automatically monitoring the progress of each individual animals yield and the overall management of the farm.
While concentrates are an effective feed source, they are not cheap and so in order to keep down costs, each cow needs to be fed individually based on her analysed needs. The Dairymaster Feed-Rite feeders give you the power to feed your cows according to the cow’s individual needs. They are a very precise and convenient way to feed cows in the parlour. This offers tremendous advantages to the dairy farmer as it has been proven to increase cow flow, decrease milking time and cater for the individual nutrition requirements of cows.
The heat detection system - MooMonitor is the most technologically advanced system on the market and uses nanotechnology to measure activity within an animal on an hourly basis, accurately identifying when the cow is due for service by recording the heat start time.
Dairymaster's aftercare service, on-going customer support and constant monitoring of product performance in the marketplace, has given the company an up-to-the minute understanding of all aspects of the industry as it evolves.
Dairymaster utilises science and advanced technologies in order to make dairy farming more profitable, enjoyable and sustainable. find out more at www.dairymaster.co.uk
Amazone - Precision Farming takes up the strain.
Amazone utilise state of the art electronics to aid the operation and control of their products. The AMATRON 3 in-cab terminal offers a combination of machine controller and GPS functionality. For instance, on drills, spreaders and sprayers, the need to accurately switch the machine off and on at the headland places huge strain on the operator and this can be relieved by the use of the GPS-Switch software. When spreading, this can save around 3-5% of the fertiliser bill per annum depending on field size and shape. That’s enough to pay, not just for the additional cost of the electronics, but to more than cover the whole cost of the spreader in its lifetime.
Note that this increased accuracy doesn’t just come from headland precision, it can also come from reduced overlap by guidance systems. Here, AMATRON 3’s GPS-Track software for can help keep the amount of overlap to a minimum. Also, by targeting the inputs to where and when the crop can utilise it, we can again make better use of inputs of seed, chemicals and fertiliser. AMATRON 3, with its new GPS-Maps software can take a pre-produced application map and then control the rate across the field and apply the commodity only when and where it is necessary.
ISOBUS is not a gimmick for reducing the number of screens in the cab, but is a system that is beginning to play its part in enhancing IT Farming technology, with its ability to run multiple software applications, especially from third parties, on the Bus. The phrase ‘Precision Farming’ covers so many aspects of farming, but by investing in this kind of technology it will pay dividends in terms of the savings in efficiency made.
Scotland’s precision farming company, is once again delighted to attend the Royal Highland Show. SoilEssentials was officially launched at the Royal Highland Show in 2000 and much has changed over the past 13 years The GPS soil sampling service has grown into the largest in Scotland. It is a soil sampling service specifically designed for Scotland’s acidic soils. SoilEssentials Ltd are independent and do not sell lime or fertiliser, so can concentrate on giving the best agronomic advice for the customer. Machine control has become a core part of the company’s work. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England, SoilEssentials are the only official Trimble resellers, supplying the full range of Trimble precision agricultural products and services. In 2008 Soilessentials was awarded 2 Royal Highland Show Silver awards and has continued to developed many new products, one being EssentialsNet, the largest privately owned RTK network in the UK. This network streams GPS correction signals to allow inch accurate steering over the whole of the UK. This year new SoilEssentials developments include EssentialsMAP, a web based mapping program to allow customers to view and create their own variable rate application maps, IT support and our latest innovative product, EssentialsFarmLive . Using EssentialsFarmLive, farmers have the opportunity to be in command of their farm, wherever in the world they may happen to be. Soilessentials continues to grow rapidly, both in business, and staffing, which now number 16. SoilEssentials Ltd is proud to be Scotland’s foremost Precision Agriculture business, exclusively supplying, servicing and supporting precision farming systems.
For many the Show’s big attraction is the livestock – more than 5000 head of the finest cattle, sheep, goats and horses, not to mention poultry.
The best time to see animal magic is the Grand Parade. View it free of charge from the comfort of our undercover-seated grandstand – there are 1800 seats but they fill up fast so get there early!
This takes place every day, apart from Thursday, in the Main Ring at 2.30pm.
We appreciate showgoers like to get up close to the animals – particularly the magnificent cattle in the Highland Hall and the heavy horses – however during times when the animals are being taken to and from the judging rings it is not safe for members of the public to be in this area.
There will be no access to the heavy horse lines or Highland Hall during the following times:-
- Thursday from 0800 – 12.30 (judging)
- Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 14.00 – 1530 (Grand Parade)
Looking for unique items of desire? Then the Show has something to suit all tastes and pockets.
If you’ve got a passion for shopping then you need to head for the following areas:-
- Shopping Arcade & Marquee and Crafts Zone – gorgeous items of desire including home
- Equestrian Village – everything you need for both horse and rider – all top brands available
- Outdoor Living – enter via the floral walkway and peruse items for your garden from plants to Swedish barbecue huts
- Food & Drink Hall – come hungry there is so much to try – we challenge you not to buy!
- Motor Zone – looking for new car, pick-up vehicle, quad-bike or motorbike ? You’ll find all major manufacturers represented at the Show
- Lifestyle Village – as the name suggests, this is where you will find the latest lifestyle accessories from phones to spa baths, swimming pools and furniture
Things to do for Children
Remember it is free for children under 16 to visit the Show and this year we are delighted to offer our Free Children’s Wristband service which means that should your little one wander off, we can reunite you quickly. This service can be found at each of the main public entrances and is operated by Edinburgh Rotary Clubs.
Here are some everyday highlights for little VIPs, but there is a lot more free fun to be had. Grab yourself a programme to get the most out of your visit.
- The Clan Cycle Stunt Team – Countryside Area
- Wiseman Dairies – Follow the route of milk from cow to cup – Avenue O
- Grand Parade – Main Ring Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm
- Honey Tent – Learn the bee dance – Countryside Area
- Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health Discovery Centre
- Storytelling tipi – Countryside Area
- Climbing walls and kayaking in the Countryside Area
Enjoying food at the Show
The “Feed the Show” theme will highlight the region’s artisan food and drink producers – look out for various exhibitors in the Food Hall.
Enjoying food at the Show On the hoof
There are lots of quality assured food retailers at the Show selling everything from traditional sweets to pizza made to order! We have provided plenty of picnic areas for you to sit and relax either overlooking the main ring or near one of our music stages.
Enjoying food at the Show Fine dining
A private members’ dining area can be found at the MacRobert Pavilion. This is open to Members and their guests. It is table service and offers a lovely chance to relax and chat with friends. To enquire about becoming a member click here RHASS members Page
Enjoying food at the Show for free
Indulge in Scotland's larder at The Food Hall and bring some home to share with friends and family. With over almost 100 exhibitors at The Show, you'll find so much to tempt you and with samples aplenty, you’ll find yourself returning for more!
An all-action part of the showground involves everything from chainsaw carving, horse logging and the hugely popular pole climbing.
Want to learn the best way to climb a tree? Then head to this area for exhilarating action. . Remember all exhibitions and demonstrations take place through all four days of the show and are free!
Interested in traditional crafts? Then the place to head to is the Handcrafts Pavilion to see the very best of spinning, weaving, dyeing, lace making and many other techniques.
Knitting is back in vogue so hone your skills by speaking to the experts. Also expect to see an amazing selection of shepherds’ crooks and walking sticks as well as demonstrations twice daily from basketry to origami. Avenue 13
The Place for Livestock
With over 5000 entries from all over the UK and Ireland, the show will be living up to its “Best Event” award with a magnificent display of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, horses and poultry.
The Royal Highland Show will be the place to be to view some of the country’s best livestock. The Greatest Show will be a packed house, especially in the cattle hall and sheep marquees. With this level of entries we can promise show visitors some keen competition in the judging rings and, of course, one of the spectacular sights of the show, the grand parades of prize winning cattle and horses.
Horse Lovers from all over the UK and further afield will enjoy the greatest show on earth, the largest equestrian event in Scotland with sections for light and heavy horses, private driving, heavy horse turnouts, harness and grooming, farriery, plus pony club games and top class show jumping.
In all, some 3000 horses and ponies, and a vast number of owners, riders, drivers and supporters, will make an appearance on the four days of the event.
In addition to four full days of showing, there will be demonstrations in the Thistle Ring on Saturday and Sunday profiling some of the other equine disciplines with some top class dressage and dressage to music, side saddle uncovered and a drill ride with a handsome Clydesdale team.
At the every popular Equestrian Village there’s an opportunity to shop between all the action in the judging and show-jumping rings. Around 50 exhibitors will be selling “all things equestrian”.
A Banquet of Flavours
It’s all senses to the fore for foodies at this year’s Royal Highland Show.
The Food Hall will feature a host of quality and award-winning products from almost 100 companies plus a line-up of some of Scotland’s top chefs demonstrating their culinary skills.
Royal Highland EDUCATION Trust - Best in Class!
RHET aims to provide the opportunity for every child in Scotland to learn about food, farming and the countryside, and to create a wider understanding of the environmental, economic and social realities of rural Scotland.
The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Children's Discovery Centre is based in Avenue Q of the showground. The centre is run by the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and open to anyone and everyone, offering a range of fun, interactive and hands-on activities for children of all ages. The Centre is open to school parties (in addition to the public) on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June 2013. Find out more about RHET in Scotland
- Bookable education programme sessions
- Interactive learning
- Educational drop-in activities
- Guided tours
- Curriculum-linked education packs