Council offers guidance to agricultural show organisers

New guidance is available for the organisers of agricultural shows which will help them meet requirements when it comes to animal health, environmental health, trading and licensing standards.

The guidance has been drawn up by the council’s regulatory service team and is designed to support organisers to plan for their event and ensure appropriate measures are in place to make it successful and safe. In recent years there have been some issues such as animals being offered as prizes, food safety problems and counterfeit goods being sold. While most breaches are accidental, it is hoped the guidance will help organisers plan their events within legislation.

Lead Councillor for Planning and Regulatory Services, Sandy Taylor said, “The guidance includes information on everything from ensuring that display livestock have the correct identifying tags and things to consider in the event of bad weather to food safety and what to do if you are thinking of selling alcohol at an agricultural show.

“Shows like these are great fun and we want everyone to enjoy them as much as they can. I would ask as many organisers as possible to have a look at the guidance available.”

A number of show committees have already been sent the information and it is available on the council’s website.