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Devon World Congress 2016

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Welcome From Lisa Roper Chairperson of the DCBS World Congress 2016 organising committee

We owe much to the foresight of earlier Devon breeders whose commitment to establish a Devon World Congress, hosted in turn by each of the official breed socieities, has done so much over the years to assist the international Devon cattle breeding fraternity with breeding programmes, genetic diversity, sharing of knowledge, trade in genetics, and last but definitely not least, friendships!

In 2012 I attended the World Congress in Brazil and had a hugely enjoyable and interesting time where our Brazilian hosts gave us an extraordinary warm welcome, and showed us some wonderful cattle in many different farming situations. In 2016 it is the privilege and honour of the Devon Cattle Breeders Society in the UK to host the World Congress. We look forward to welcoming Devon cattle breeders from around the world including Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and the USA, as well as many of our own members from the UK.

The two week Congress is full of interest with herd visits, cultural & heritage days - including a visit to our Patron The Prince of Wales' Highgrove Gardens and the Duchy Home Farm (permissions currently for international delegates only. UK delegates permissions TBA), a visit to Royal Three Counties Show to take in judging of Devon classes, and a one day Conference, with world class speakers, including Sir Peter Kendall, past President of the NFU and current Chairman of the UK's Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board (AHDB).

Delegates will be enjoy staying in 4 star hotels and the programme has been carefully planned around just 4 hotels to minimise inconvenience to our delegates. Devon Cattle Breeders' Society is pleased to be working with our official tour operator, Field Farm Tours, who specialise in agricultural tours and will provide delegates with all the information they need to be able to confirm their booking and own air travel arrangements. Director of Field Farm Tours, Carolyne Cree, will be accompanying Congress delegates throughout the two weeks.

We look forward to meeting, greeting, making and renewing friendships with our overseas visitors.

For our UK members, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in all or part of the two week Congress. Either contact the DCBS Breed Secretary for further information or click through to Field Farm Tours to see how to purchase day tickets for specific events, such as the Conference & Dinner in Exeter.

CLICK HERE to see booking options for DCBS members.
CLICK HERE to see booking options for international visitor

CLICK HERE to see day-by-day Itinerary

If you have any questions about booking a ticket, travel arrangements, special requirements, please contact Carolyne Cree of Field Farm Tours in the first instance. Telephone +44 (0) 1636 616060 or email

In the meantime, enjoy browsing our geo-spatial Story Map to give you a bird's eye view of the two week Congress!

The Devon Cattle Breeders' Society is grateful to all its sponsors for their generosity in supporting the 2016 Devon World Congress

MVF - lead sponsor of the Devon World Congress 2016

BOVELA - sponsor of the Devon World Congress 2016 Conference

LLOYDS BANK - sponsor of the Devon World Congress Conference Dinner

KNIGHT FRANK - sponsor of Devons at Royal Three Counties Show 2016

UK SIRE SERVICES - sponsor of the Devon World Congress Welcome Reception

AHDB - sponsor of the Devon World Congress

HILLS OF DEVON - official supplier of bottled water

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