IT WILL be a big 'birthday' celebration for the LAMMA Show when it returns to Birmingham NEC on May 4 and 5 – this will be its 40th anniversary event.

Organisers hope to do this in some style, with more than 600 exhibitors and tens of thousands of leading farmers from across all sectors and regions expected to visit over the two days of the show.

Originally planned for January, the show was postponed amid concerns over the Omicron variant of Covid-19. However, with all restrictions now lifted, LAMMA 2022 will be going ahead unhindered allowing the agricultural industry to reconnect after a difficult couple of years.

And, it seems that those exhibiting at the event will be glad to be part of its return to the calendar.

Chris Taylor, from the NFU, said he and his colleagues were looking forward to seeing visitors: “The NFU is delighted that LAMMA has secured new dates in May to enable this key agricultural event to go ahead in 2022. It’s more important than ever that we make up for the many lost face to face opportunities due to the pandemic, and LAMMA presents us with the opportunity to engage with thousands of our members over the two days.”

Kubota will be using the event to unveil its M6-001 Utility series tractor range. Marketing manager, Rob Edwards, said the show had the 'presence and scale’ to showcase its new products, as well as positively promoting the wider industry and machinery sector.

James Hudson, of agricultural engineers, JF Hudson, agreed: “It feels good to be coming back. This is our first trade show for two years and a chance to connect and launch new products.

"People in the sector are very resilient and innovative, there have been many changes and developments within agriculture so we are also looking forward to seeing what other exhibitors are showcasing.”

The team from farm machinery manufacturer McHale was also pleased about the event’s return. Its Eoin Clarke said: “LAMMA has always been a good show for McHale. Although the dates changed, we are happy to support the show and look forward to meeting our customers and dealers again in May.”

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A major new feature for classic and vintage tractor fans will be the Classics Zone, which will take visitors on a brief history of agricultural machinery with a fascinating line-up of vintage tractors and implements.

On the other side of the technology coin, the Farming 4.0 trail will highlight cutting edge innovations being introduced across the industry including smart tech for livestock, big data and AI. Follow the trail to see technology in action and learn how it is helping agriculture towards its Net Zero goal.

Export opportunities will also be showcased in the International Export Advice Centre, where trade experts and advisers will advise on how agri-tech businesses can reach markets across the globe.

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