What’s new for horticulture at LAMMA 2023?
LAMMA 2023 promises an attraction-packed return to the NEC, Birmingham on January 10th and 11th with an inspiring combination of well-loved features as well as new ones. Designed to shine the spotlight on industry innovation, highlights include many new product launches, the LAMMA Torques programme of seminars and the Demo Arena.
“We are delighted to be back to our traditional January dates for LAMMA 2023 and this year’s line-up is superb,” said Nichola Bell, Head of Events for Agriconnect which organises the show. “With more than 600 exhibitors, lots of product launches and exciting new features, LAMMA fans are in for a treat.”
Horticulturists looking for ideas and solutions for their horticultural businesses will be spoiled for choice with a range of labour-saving solutions, technologies and ideas on offer. These include Easy Pack Automation’s automated palletisers and robots (Hall 8, stand 8.752) and Stoneless ApS, a Danish company which has created a quad trailed stone-picker which it says turns stone picking into a one-man job (Hall 18, stand 18.518). Tong Engineering (Hall 19, stand 19.220) and The Machinery Instal Company (Hall 8, stand 8.852) both provide post-harvest handling solutions across the supply chain from growers to processors.
Labour saving and efficiency is the goal for many of the show’s exhibitors including FarmDroid, marketed by Opico, which is a fully autonomous, solar-powered robot capable of precision drilling and weeding (Hall 6, stand 6.440).
To celebrate the new product launches at the show, organisers have produced a New Product Guide, outlining what’s new and where you can find it.
With industry leading speakers and contributors, the LAMMA Torques programme of seminars and panel discussions (Hall 6, stand 6.740) will explore the land-based issues on everyone’s minds when planning for 2023. Landowners cannot afford to miss the sessions in around carbon and where might a biodiverse approach fit in your business, as well as top cost saving tips for machinery efficiency with a panel debate including farmer Olly Harrison.
The Future Farming Trail showcases technological advances and innovation from across the industry. Those of particular interest to the horticulture sector include Fox Robotics which has developed a logistics Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) for agriculture, particularly the soft fruit sector. Other trail participants include farm management software solutions company Farmplan and Fox Robotics, as well as machinery manufacturer Merlo UK which will show visitors its latest offerings. Syngenta will bring visitors’ focus to ag-chem use and UK Gaiago will discuss soil analysis and use of data for decision making. Visitors can find a full list and trail map in the LAMMA Showguide.
Contractors shouldn’t miss networking opportunities in the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) Contractors Lounge, available over both days at the show. Sponsored by Fendt, the lounge (Hall 12, stand 12.460) offers a warm welcome to any existing or aspiring contractors. Hosted by NAAC experts, visitors can tap into advice and guidance on issues such as safety and transport, see a demonstration of its contractor calculating tool or discuss the Assurance Standard for Contractors.
For the first time, LAMMA will be hosting live demonstrations in its Demo Arena in Hall 18, stand 18.400. This will include new launches including tractors, ATVs and more, plus the latest kit powered by alternative fuel.
In the Health and Wellbeing Zone, farmers can get their own ‘kit’ checked out, with a personal health MOT. Prioritising physical and mental health – of yourself and others – is the focus of the new zone organised by the Farming Help charities (Hall 9, stand 9.530). Representatives from Addington Fund, the Farming Community Network (FCN) and Forage Aid will be on hand to offer information, signposting and support and are also holding panel discussions on both afternoons of the show. NHS AgriHealth Matters will also be on-site on day one of the show offering health checks and ‘flu vaccinations.
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