Honorary Secretary's Statement
Posted 19th March 2020
The Commonwealth Agricultural Conference is excited to announce the itinerary for both the Pre -Conference and stage of the Tour
The pre-conference regional tour will last for five days although it does have limited numbers. The intended format is as follows:
Showcasing the very best of the UK’s farming and agricultural industry, the show is the highlight of the Norfolk social calendar. In 2020 livestock of all shapes, sizes, colours and breeds will be on display with a major highlight being the hosting of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society National Show. The show rings will feature over 800 Beef and Dairy cattle in 21 breed sections, 170 pigs across 13 breeds, over 900 sheep from 18 different breeds and 70 Dairy goats over 9 breeds. Along with the breed classes each section features Market and Showmanship classes. There will also be over 200 equestrian classes featuring word class exhibitors and horses from around the UK, including horses from Her Majesty the Queen’s stables. That’s on top of breath-taking outdoor displays, military bands, fine food and drink, live music, the latest in farming technology and much, much more.
The 4th July currently serves as a day of rest for delegates offering an intermission following the packed touring schedule and before the conference begins. However, we will offer additional options for delegates, who still raring for another taste of Norfolk, including a visit on the Norfolk Broads – a 125 mile network of lock-free waterways and pretty towns and villages. Touring one of the most highly regarded studs in the world – Shadwell Estate, attending the University of East Anglia’s Open Day (where the conference is being held).
There is an opening evening reception on Monday 6th July 2020 with the main conference beginning on Tuesday 7th July for three days. This will include key speakers, plenary and concurrent breakout sessions for all delegates. As part of this, delegates will also visit the thriving 25,000 acre Holkham Hall Estate for the afternoon of Wednesday 8th July 2020. The Estate not only has historic agricultural significance but has also been at the forefront of modern farming and conservation practices. There will be private guided tours of Holkham Hall, and access to the Walled Garden and Field to Fork Exhibition, as well as a tour of the farm.
There will be post conference tours on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July 2020 which include visits to Wissington Sugar Beet Factory, the English Whisky Company distillery and a horticultural business in the Waveney Valley.