The spotlight will fall on the role of chickens, ducks and geese in the UK food chain and beyond for the South of England Agricultural Society’s (SEAS) 2013 programme of Shows. The Poultry Industry theme will run throughout the year and will be a key focus of SEAS flagship event – the South of England Show 2013 – which will take place on June 6, 7 and 8 and regularly attracts in excess of 85,000 visitors. Poultry of all shapes and sizes, from turkeys to bantams, geese and ducks to rare breeds, will be showcased within a specially dedicated area of the showground. The display, which will also include the latest housing and production techniques plus a series of demonstrations, is aimed to appeal to commercial and hobby poultry keepers as well as the general public.
Vice Chairman of the Fur & Feather Committee, Max Sanderson, said: “The poultry industry in the UK has come under increased scrutiny in the past five years with TV chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall demanding higher standards for egg and poultry production.” “The Society is proud to showcase new developments and best practice in this important UK industry and put the spotlight firmly on progress in poultry keeping taking place in the south east region and beyond. The responsible production of poultry, meat and eggs, both commercially and as a fun and productive hobby, is recognised as being a significant contributor to the UK economy – not only to the grocery trade but also to other related manufacturers – feed stuffs, equipment, housing and fencing to name but a few.”
The poultry theme will be the main topic at the South of England Show’s Media Breakfast and the 2013 Taste of Sussex Food Awards launch on the opening morning. The Show will be formally opened by 2013 President of the Society, actress Penelope Keith CBE DL, who is probably most famous as social climber Margot Leadbetter in the hit TV sitcom The Good Life.
The industry will be featured at the Spring Garden and Leisure Show on May 5 and 6, where there will be an extensive poultry display and series of knowledgeable speakers. The Autumn Show and Game Fair on October 5 and 6 will include themed cookery demonstrations as well as a large poultry display and show. Both the Spring and Autumn Shows attract gates of up to 20,000.
The industry will also be the keynote topic at the South of England Farming Conference. Companies or organisations wishing to be associated, or take part in the South of England Society’s poultry themed events are invited to do so by way of sponsorship, sponsorship in kind, or through trade stand hire.