Month: February 2016

Shuttleworth Lecture- 21st March. REGISTER TODAY!

Shuttleworth Lecture- 21st March. REGISTER TODAY!

The Society is delighted to announce the re-launch of the Shuttleworth Lecture in 2016. Held in the Lecture Theater at Shuttleworth College, the highly respected event provides a great opportunity for everyone in the farming industry to get a unique and interesting opinion on a topical subject.

The speaker for the 2016 lecture is Mr John Shropshire, chairman of the G’s Fresh Group, talking about “Management of an Agri-Business in a Changing Europe”. For more information, see the event flyer Here

The lecture will take place on the 21st of March 2016 in the  Shuttleworth College Lecture Theater at 7.30pm. The event is free to all, however we please ask that you register your attendance in advance by contacting Ruth Trolove at RTrolove@EastofEngland.org.uk or 01733 234451.

Bedfordshire YFC county show and rally

Bedfordshire YFC county show and rally

Bedfordshire Young Farmers is celebrating its 70th year this year with the 69th Annual Show and Rally being hosted by North Beds Young Farmers at Manor Farm, Green End, Pertenhall, Bedfordshire, MK44 2AZ, by kind permission of the Bates Family on Saturday 21st May 2016. This will be the 7th time the family have hosted the rally at the farm – “quite an achievement and commitment from such wonderful hosts and we know the site works well and the rally committee promise to put on yet another wonderful day” Says David Day this year’s rally Chairman.

This is the highlight of the year with activities going on all day long. Bedfordshire Young Farmers is one of the smallest counties in the National Federation of Young Farmers which has over 25,000 members nationwide in 644 clubs this makes it one of the largest rural youth organisation and it is run by young people for its members. Open to all who have a passion for the countryside who want to make lifelong friends, have fun, learn a wide range of skills, travel and take part in many competitions. So if you are between 10 and 26 and want to have fun make sure you start to join in.

Bedfordshire YFC has 7 clubs within the county and over 400 members and really knows how to have fun. On rally day the members start arriving at the rally site from 7am with livestock, handicrafts, cookery and flowers ready for a fun filled action packed day. Throughout the day numerous competitions take place which come to a finale in the  main ring in the afternoon with a hard fought tug of war competition, grand parade of winning stock, parade of hounds, and at the end the long awaiting and highly contested decorated floats competition and the flour and water fight !

The day offers something for all, with about 2500 general public in attendance enjoying the numerous trade stands, craft stalls, children’s entertainment area, vintage tractors, show jumping and main ring attractions.

Entry costs £8 per head which includes free car parking and show yearbook. Under 12’s free.

Lots of fun for all the family and a great day out, so save the date now and put it in your diary Saturday 21st May 2016.

For more information on Bedfordshire Young Farmers please contact –

Jane Helliwell, County Organiser, Bedfordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs

Wootton Park Farm, Hall End Road, Wootton, Bedford Mk43 9HT

Telephone 01234 765903

The East of England Agricultural Society are once again pleased to be supporting Bedfordshire YFC

 

 

Farm walk to highlight the potential for miscanthus

Farm walk to highlight the potential for miscanthus

When you’ve tried different cereal crops to combat establishment issues due to dry land and blackgrass resistance, without success, it’s reassuring to know there are profitable alternatives out there that conquer the problem.

Arable and beef cattle farmer, and pub owner, Mark Richardson, has been growing miscanthus on some of his ‘problem land’ since 2012, when he first planted 18 hectares of the crop.

He’ll be hosting a farm walk, on February 25, at Baston, Peterborough, to show other growers what’s been a viable solution for him.

“I planted miscanthus on land that was formerly in an arable crop rotation, but land that’s prone to drought, had blackgrass issues, and therefore establishment limitations.

“We had excellent establishment with miscanthus, because we put a lot of work into ensuring the land was prepared well for planting. We ploughed it in the autumn, and waited for a warm dry spell the following spring, when we cultivated the soil well to make a good seed bed,” says Mark.

According to Mark, because the crop is planted once, but goes on for over 20 years, with new cane harvested annually, it’s been a fantastic solution to his problem land so far. “The only thing we had to be aware of were weeds early on, and the presence of deer, hares and rabbits, who love the young shoots. For this the crop needs a pre- and post-emergence total herbicide application, and for the pests, some of the land required fencing off.

“Once it’s established there are no issues, and the blackgrass is eliminated because the high canopy of the crop out competes it,” he says.

Usually the crop is harvested three years after it’s planted, but Mark harvested his in year two, during 2014. “We harvested approximately 5.5 tonnes per hectare in 2014, I believe this is down to successful establishment, and then in 2015 the yield doubled to 11.5 tonnes per hectare.

“It’s on contract to miscanthus specialist, Terravesta, who pays approximately £74 a tonne. My margin last year was around £618 per hectare, which I’m pleased with, considering ongoing commodity price volatility. The return is also index-linked, and because crop yields go up each year, this pay-back should increase,” he adds.

Mark urges other farmers interested in planting miscanthus, to speak to other producers growing it on similar land types. “The farm walk I’m hosting is an opportunity for other growers interested in diversifying into energy crops to come along, see the miscanthus  for themselves and ask questions so that they can make an informed decision about whether it’s a viable option for them,” he says.

Miscanthus farm walk at Thetford Farm, Baston, held by kind permission of Mark Richardson – followed by lunch at his pub, The White Horse.

Date and time: February 25, 10.30 – 2.00 pm

Address: Thetford House Farm, Baston, Peterborough, PE6 9NU

Format: Coffee and registration, followed by a presentation from Terravesta, a tour of the farm and a light lunch at The White Horse, Baston, PE6 9PE

Cost: F.O.C

Bookings:  Book online http://www.terravesta.com/ by clicking on the orange sash on the home page, e-mail Helen Holman on helenh@terravesta.com or call Alison Fisher on 01522

Children in East Anglia go against the grain when it comes to breakfast

Children in East Anglia go against the grain when it comes to breakfast

A survey of primary school children*, conducted by Kids Country, indicates children in East Anglia are bucking national trends and do, in fact, understand the importance of eating breakfast. Almost 100 per cent of the children questioned know that breakfast should be eaten every day.

Children getting stuck in to pancake making

In celebration of the results, Kids Country, the education arm of the East of England Agricultural Society, visited two schools in the region, giving over 300 children the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast, and teaching them about where their food comes from.

A member of the East of England Agricultural Society parked a tractor, provided by Chandlers Farm Equipment, in the playground of the schools visited. The tractor was used to explain the role of farming in getting breakfast products from the field to the table. The children also had the chance to taste a variety of different breakfast produce, with oats donated by Jordans Ryvita, flour provided by Marriage’s Master Millers, bacon from The Fruit Pig Company, and local honey provided by a Peterborough beekeeper. Pupils also took part in interactive games and quizzes about animals, food products and the farm.

Commenting on the event, Ms Jackii Crockett, Headteacher at St Botolph’s School, said: “As a school, we could not have provided the expertise, volunteers or food stuffs for all the children to learn about the importance of a healthy breakfast without the support of Kids Country. The visit has made the farm to fork adventure real for the children; standing next to a tractor wheel that is taller than them is a really powerful message for a child. Next time they see a picture of a tractor or watch one on TV, they will know how big it is and the part it plays in bringing them the food on their plate.”

The Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough attended St Botolph’s School to see first-hand what the children were experiencing. Commenting on the importance of events like the tour, Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor John Peach, said: “Hands-on education provides children with a fun and exciting way to learn, and puts their learning into the context of the world around them. We know all too well that children who skip breakfast find it hard to concentrate, which is why it is vital that initiatives like Kids Country continue to provide practical, hands-on learning about the importance of healthy eating, as well as giving children an understanding of where their food comes from.”

One of the pupils from Warmington School, also visited by Kids Country as part of National Breakfast Week, added: “It has been so much fun! I loved making pancakes, and learning that wheat makes flour and flour makes pancakes. I also learnt how many seeds you can plant in a field and how a farmer has to take care of them so they grow. Did you know you can eat all parts of the pig, even the snout!”

Children learning about what is needed to grow crops

The tour was sponsored by the Central England Cooperative. Karen Ball, Member and Community Relations Officer at Central England Co-operative explains why they get involved in projects like the Kids Country Breakfast Week tour: “As an ethical retailer, we are delighted to support local primary schools and partner with community groups to help educate children on food, farming and much more. We had a great time, learning about the food journey from farm to fork, the interesting story of where flour comes from and making some great pancakes. The tour has been a fun, interactive and engaging way to educate and we are proud to have supported this event.”

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Notes to Editors

About East of England Agricultural Society and Kids Country

The East of England Agricultural Society is passionate about education and has developed a programme for children under the Kids Country banner to help them learn about food, farming and the countryside.

The Kids Country Food & Farming Day is just one part of an ongoing programme of events that takes place for school children throughout the year, including potato planting and harvesting, chicken handling and learning about meat.

Survey

*A survey of 205 pupils attending St Botolph’s School and Warmington School was conducted in January 2016.

 

 

Celebration of another successful year at the 2015 Peterborough dinner

Celebration of another successful year at the 2015 Peterborough dinner

Results of the East of England Agricultural Society Farm Business Awards were announced at the Peterborough dinner, held recently at the Society Showground. Almost 350 members, guests and friends were present at the dinner, to not only enjoy a meal prepared with top quality local produce, but to take part in the awards ceremony including the presentation of long service awards and an outstanding contribution award.

The annual Farm Business Awards competition recognises technical efficiency, innovation and commitment to producing food of the highest quality. Entrants from across the region compete for the Supreme Championship titles in three sections, having made their way through the qualifying heats to the finals.

Standards were high as ever, with many of the judges commenting on the difficulty of their task given the high quality of the entries. After a marathon judging week with 12 judges traveling thousands of miles, the much anticipated results were finally released to the delight of all present at the dinner.

The much sought after Supreme Champion award found a worthy home, returning with farm manager Mr William Gribbon and team to Heygates Farm at Swaffham.

The Countryside Management award was won by David Felce of Midloe Grange Farm, St Neots who saw off strong competition to clinch the title.

The Young Farmer section was hotly contested, fuelled by a good deal of friendly rivalry amongst the competitors. The eventual winner was Mr Tom Mead of Lynchets Farm, Royston.

Full results of the competition:-

Class 1; Farms 0 – 1500 Acres

WINNER- Andrew & Judith Jacobs – Moor Farm   RESERVE- Nick How- Mill View Farm

Countryside management

WINNER- David Felce – Midlow Grange Farm   RESERVE- Andrew & Judith Jacobs – Moor Farm

Special enterprise award- Nick How- Mill View Farm- Nursery

Class 2; Farms 1501 – 3500 Acres

WINNER- Andrew Robinson – Heathcote Farms   RESERVE-Peter Moyes – Thornby Farms

Countryside management

WINNER- Richard Cobbald – Littleworth Estate Company RESERVE- Peter Moyes- Thornby Farms

Class 3; Farms 3501+ Acres

WINNER- William Gribbon- Heygate Farms   RESERVE-David Knott – Trumpington Farm Co.

Countryside management

WINNER- David Knott – Trumpington Farm Co.

JOINT RESERVE- William Gribbon- Heygte Farms and Andrew Crossley-Thurlow Estate

Special enterprise award   William Gribbon- Heygte Farms- Potato Branding

Class 5; Young Farmer Class

WINNER- Tom Mead- Lynchets Farm      RESERVE- Charles Robinson – Rowells Farm

Special enterprise award   Charles Robinson- Rowells Farm- Recycling Business

Class 6; Supreme Countryside Management Award  winner- David Felce- Midloe Grange Farm

Class 7; Supreme Championship Award winner- William Gribbon- Heygate Farms

In addition to the presentation of Farm Business Awards on the evening, Long Service awards and the Tony Whitsted award were handed over by Society President Sir Hugh Duberley.

Those receiving long service awards on the evening were:-

Mr Philip Carter, for 25 years’ service to agriculture at Hall Farm

Mr Trevor Smith, for 25 years’ service to agriculture at Belmont Farms

Mr Geoffrey Walker, for 26 years’ service to agriculture at Belmont Farms

Mr Kevin Puttrell, for 30 years’ service to agriculture with the East of England Agriculture Society

Mr David Slade for 35 years’ service to agriculture to L.E.Barnes & Sons Ltd

Mr Stephen Grant, for 41 years’ service to agriculture at Belmont Farms

Mrs Joyce Shrubbs MBE for 70 years’ as a farm secretary to L.E.Barnes & Sons Ltd

2015 marked the presentation of the 14th Tony Whitsed award, recognising the outstanding contribution made by a steward at Society events, the recipient on this occasion being Mr Duncan Burton from Rutland. Mr Burton is a member of the East of England Smithfield Festival committee and chief steward of the Lamb section at the Festival as well as an exhibitor. The awards committee declared it an easy decision commenting “Duncan’s commitment to the success of Society events, frequently going beyond the call of duty due to his determination to put something back into the Society, distinguish him as an example to others and reflects the calibre of people that support the Society.”

The final presentation came as a surprise to no one bar the recipient! To mark his retirement as chairman of the Marshall Papworth fund committee, Mr James Parrish was presented with a gift from the Society to show their appreciation for the contribution he has made to the long term success of the fund’s work.

For further information please contact membership@eastofengland.org.uk

Thomas Bradshaw Cultiv8’s ideas at first group meeting

Thomas Bradshaw Cultiv8’s ideas at first group meeting

The inaugural meeting of the East of England Agricultural Society Cultiv8 group took place on the 16th of February, on the showground. Approximately 80 young professionals from all aspects of the Agri-food industry attended on the evening , traveling from as far afield as Doncaster, Colchester, Coalville and Southwold.

William Haire from the East of England Agricultural Society welcomed everyone before well know Essex farmer Thomas Bradbury took to the floor to deliver his presentation titled “from farming to film at Fletchers Farm” Thomas gave the audience an overview of how his family farming business has evolved over the past 15 years, changing from a livestock farm to a contract farming business growing grass, combinable crops, an equestrian centre and solar pv panels.

In addition to the farming side of the presentation, Thomas talked about his Nuffield Farming Scholarship, sharing pictures and stories of his 11 week tour through New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, the USA and Germany. One of the key messages from the study is our dependence on soil and a lack of understanding of it and how to care for it. Thomas has since adopted several new practices to benefit the soils he manages whilst optimising output including cover cropping, slot seeding, minimal cultivations and other husbandry methods.

In 2013 Thomas was approached by the BBC to take part in their Harvest programme. He found this to be a great experience and a fantastic way to tell the story of farming and grain production in particular, encouraging everyone to make time to share the story of food and take part in activities like Open Farm weekend.

A good discussion followed with the audience coming up with a lot of questions and getting a good debate going in the room.

William Haire brought the evening to a close, explaining what Cultiv8 is and a brief summary of he groups plans for the future. Cultiv8 is the new membership group for young professionals in the Agri-food industry. Membership is open to under 40’s with interests in every aspect of the supply chain from research, primary production through to processing and retail as well as the allied industries .

For further information emai- Cultiv8@eastofengland.org.uk

Yield Enhancement Network

Yield Enhancement Network

Why were yields high in 2015? Were you lucky? .. clever? .. or both?!
How can yields be enhanced further in 2016 and 2017?
Let’s find some answers!

With the support of AHDB and the East of England Agricultural Society, the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) are pleased to announce that they will be holding a series of events through 2016. The first event is the YEN Ideas Lab-

National spring ‘YEN ideas lab.’

  • Open to all
  • Tuesday 1st March 2016
  • 9.30am to 3.00pm
  • Peterborough Suite, East of England Showground, Oundle Road, Alwalton, Peterborough PE2 6XE

Programme:

  • Short talks: On How yield is determined and Enhancing Light and Water capture
  • Break-out sessions: To develop ideas, and voting on the best ideas
  • Details of the YEN, sponsorship and help in registering for the YEN Competition 2016.

To Register:

Email your Name, a contact number and let us know if you have had any involvement with YEN before to Ruth Trolove- RTrolove@EastofEngland.org.uk or call 01733 234451

 

Click Here for more information

AHDB Professional Manager Development Scheme 2016/ 2017

AHDB Professional Manager Development Scheme 2016/ 2017

We have just received information about the  AHDB Professional Manager Development Scheme for 2016/ 2017

Applications are now open (closing date 15th February 2016) for the next professional managers development scheme, which starts in April. The scheme focusses on staff management and is ILM accredited at level 3 (subject to the participants completing the relevant work).

Further information is available from- Tess Howe Project Manager – External Industry Skills Development AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds  T: 0247 669 2051 E: info@ahdb.org.uk W: www.ahdb.org.uk

Further information about the course can be found here AHDB PMDS Flyer

Children in East Anglia go against the grain when it comes to breakfast

Children in East Anglia go against the grain when it comes to breakfast

A survey of primary school children*, conducted by Kids Country, indicates children in East Anglia are bucking national trends and do, in fact, understand the importance of eating breakfast. Almost 100 per cent of the children questioned know that breakfast should be eaten every day.

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As part of National Breakfast Week, Kids Country, the education arm of the East of England Agricultural Society, conducted the survey and visited two schools in the region, giving over 300 children the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast, and teaching them about where their food comes from.

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A member of the East of England Agricultural Society parked a Massey Ferguson tractor, provided by Chandlers Farm Equipment, in the playground of the schools visited. The tractor was used to explain the role of farming in getting breakfast products from the field to the table. The children also had the chance to taste a variety of different breakfast produce, with oats donated by Jordans Ryvita, flour provided by Marriage’s Master Millers, bacon from The Fruit Pig Company, and local honey provided by a Peterborough beekeeper. Pupils also took part in interactive games and quizzes about animals, food products and the farm.

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Commenting on the event, Ms Jackii Crockett, Headteacher at St Botolph’s School, said: “As a school, we could not have provided the expertise, volunteers or food stuffs for all the children to learn about the importance of a healthy breakfast without the support of Kids Country. The visit has made the farm to fork adventure real for the children; standing next to a tractor wheel that is taller than them is a really powerful message for a child. Next time they see a picture of a tractor or watch one on TV, they will know how big it is and the part it plays in bringing them the food on their plate.”

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The Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough attended St Botolph’s School to see first-hand what the children were experiencing. Commenting on the importance of events like the tour, Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor John Peach, said: “Hands-on education provides children with a fun and exciting way to learn, and puts their learning into the context of the world around them. We know all too well that children who skip breakfast find it hard to concentrate, which is why it is vital that initiatives like Kids Country continue to provide practical, hands-on learning about the importance of healthy eating, as well as giving children an understanding of where their food comes from.”

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One of the pupils from Warmington School, also visited by Kids Country as part of National Breakfast Week, added: “It has been so much fun! I loved making pancakes, and learning that wheat makes flour and flour makes pancakes. I also learnt how many seeds you can plant in a field and how a farmer has to take care of them so they grow. Did you know you can eat all parts of the pig, even the snout!”

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The tour was sponsored by the Central England Cooperative. Karen Ball, Member and Community Relations Officer at Central England Co-operative explains why they get involved in projects like the Kids Country Breakfast Week tour: “As an ethical retailer, we are delighted to support local primary schools and partner with community groups to help educate children on food, farming and much more. We had a great time, learning about the food journey from farm to fork, the interesting story of where flour comes from and making some great pancakes. The tour has been a fun, interactive and engaging way to educate and we are proud to have supported this event.”

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For more information about the Kids Country Education Programme visit http://www.eastofengland.org.uk/kids-country/.

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Upcoming Events

Aug
9
Wed
all-day Equifest @ East of England Showground
Equifest @ East of England Showground
Aug 9 – Aug 13 all-day
Equifest @ East of England Showground
Please see our dedicated event website for more information: www.equifest.org.uk There is a £10 parking charge for all cars, members of the East of England Agricultural Society are entitled to Free entry upon presentation of a …

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Oct
8
Sun
all-day Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Oct 8 all-day
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
For more information on this event please visit the dedicated show website http://autumnfoodandcountryfair.co.uk     As a Society, we invite you to visit our stand in the Atrium to find out more about what we do. …

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