ORGANISERS of LAMMA machinery show have bowed to the inevitable and postponed their planned event on January 11 and 12, moving to May 4 and 5 instead.

The move was in response to the evolving Covid-19 situation due to the Omicron variant. All plans for the 40th anniversary edition will be carried over to the May dates, when the LAMMA show will welcome more than 600 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees face-to-face, who will gather to connect over the latest machinery, technology and equipment for the farming industry.

Sanjeev Khaira, the Arc director leading Agriconnect, organisers of LAMMA, said: “Over the past few days, we have seen a significant increase in the uncertainty of Covid-19 regulations. We have built robust health and safety plans for the LAMMA 2022 event.

"However, with distribution and supply chain challenges and the potential lockdowns or restrictions, we are all uncertain about how the situation will look in January. After speaking with many of our exhibitors and attendees, we have taken the challenging decision to postpone.”

Kate Walsh, LAMMA's event manager, added: “The team and I are saddened to be making this announcement today. We have been hard at work planning for the 40th anniversary edition of LAMMA, and were very much looking forward to bringing the agricultural industry together.

"The past few years have been challenging for the farming community, and we had hoped LAMMA in January would be a great way to start off the New Year and spur momentum in the industry.

"However, after listening to you and sharing your concerns about the Covid situation, we believe moving the show to the spring will provide the best opportunity for us to meet face-to-face and deliver on the objectives of both our exhibitors and visitors.”

There will be no changes to the LAMMA 2022 floorplan or show features as a result of the date change. Visitor registration will remain open and there is no need to register again if you have already done so.

The next edition, Wednesday, May 4 and Thursda, May 5, 2022, will also take place at the NEC, Birmingham.