Month: August 2016

AHDB Grazing Project Open Day

AHDB Grazing Project Open Day

AHDB Grazing Project and Open Day

Friday 23rd September 10.30am – 2.30pm 

Is there a place for beef systems in arable rotations?

Fowlmere Village Hall, Chrishall Road, Fowlmere, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 7RY

Find out more information here 

To register your FREE place ring the AHDB Beef & Lamb events office on 01904 771211 or email

August Cultiv8 Meeting- BBQ and Equifest Evening Performance

August Cultiv8 Meeting- BBQ and Equifest Evening Performance

Cultiv8 August Meeting

Join us on the 18th August in the Northampton Suite at The East of England Agricultural Society, where we will have a bbq and talk from a livestock and equine vet, as well as watching the Equifest evening performance.

The cost of the evening is £10, if you haven’t been to a Cultiv8 meeting before but are interested feel free to come along. If you are unsure if you are able to make it, an email or phone call on the day would be great so we know how many to cater for.

For more information about Cultiv8 Click Here

If you have any questions please contact William or Ruth at the Society at or 01733 234451

Press Release: Smithfield Festival targets wider livestock industry

Press Release: Smithfield Festival targets wider livestock industry

10 August 2016

The East of England Smithfield Festival will continue to evolve in 2016, with festival director William Haire promising to deliver an event with broader appeal to the farming sector.

Visitors of this year’s event, which is being held on 15 and 16 November at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, will not only be able to see some of the best primestock in the country, but will also have the opportunity to gain valuable information on the latest technologies, ideas and developments within the livestock industry.

East Of England Smithfield East of England Showground,Peterborough. ©Tim Scrivener 07850 303986
William Haire @ East Of England Smithfield
East of England Showground, Peterborough
©Tim Scrivener 07850 303986

“While the traditional Smithfield cattle and sheep primestock classes will remain at its very heart, I’m taking a fresher approach to deliver an event which is more relevant to the wider farming industry,” says William.

“In order to remain economically viable, I strongly believe that it’s vital livestock farmers are progressive, share advice and embrace the technology available to them. The festival is a great opportunity to facilitate this and I particularly encourage the younger generation, as well as farmers from other sectors, to come along and join the conversation.  We can all learn from each other for a stronger British agriculture.”

This ethos is something that William, a livestock farmer at heart who has spent much of his life breeding pedigree Hereford cattle, is also keen to deliver through the many other events which he organises on behalf of the East of England Smithfield Agricultural Society. These include a conference, regional dinners and a group for young professionals in agriculture, all of which bring the farming community together on a professional and social level.

William’s determination to add focus on the future issues within the industry and develop the Smithfield Festival with a forward thinking and innovative approach, comes in part from his experience of livestock farming abroad, along with his studies as a Nuffield Farming scholar.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Australia and New Zealand as well as America and Canada. The work these countries are doing to progress their livestock industry, particularly in the field of breeding technology and genetic markers, has really impressed me.  And while there is no doubt that the UK produces some of the best livestock in the world, we need to move with the times in order to remain competitive in the market place.

“The East of England Smithfield Festival is really branching out to accommodate this, with an expanding industry tradestand area, along with a packed line-up of competitions and a programme of seminars.  It will certainly prove a worthwhile visit for anybody looking to progress within the livestock industry,” concludes William.

Notes to editors

The 2016 East of England Smithfield Festival takes place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, on 15 and 16 November.

For more information, please contact or telephone 01733 234 451

Issued by: Rebecca Morgan, Pinstone Communications, e-mail:, t: 01568 617663