Month: September 2016

Impressive line-up announced for East of England Farming Conference

Impressive line-up announced for East of England Farming Conference

Four leading figures from organisations including the Country Land and Business Association, Greenpeace, Tenant Farmers Association, and National Federation of Young Farmers, will profile post-Brexit opportunities within farming, at this year’s East of England Farming Conference.

The prestigious event, taking place at the Showground on 3 November 2016, brings farmers together to discuss important issues within farming, including challenges facing the next generation, as well as innovation within agriculture.

Headlining the first session on the agenda is CLA Deputy President and Cambridgeshire farmer, Tim Breitmeyer; Dr Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace; Tenant Farmers Association Chief Executive, George Dunn, and Ed Ford, Vice President of the National Federation of Young Farmers.

Chaired by Richard Whitlock, the panel will discuss the opportunities farmers can embrace when Britain leaves the European Union.

Representing the CLA, Tim Breitmeyer is a well-known Cambridgeshire farmer at the Bartlow Estate. Servicing seven clients with contract farming, Tim has also developed a sugar beet harvesting and haulage business.

Dr Douglas Parr from Greenpeace is currently working on climate change policy in the power, heat and transport sectors, and also on the implications of Brexit.

George Dunn from the Tenant Farmers Association represents his organisation on the Tenancy Reform Industry Group and was a member of the DEFRA-established Future of Farming Review Group between 2013 and 2014. George is also a National Trust Specialist Volunteer on land-use issues.

Completing the line-up is Ed Ford, Chairman of Eastern Area Young Farmers and Vice Chairman of the National Federation. With his father and brother, Ed manages his family’s 1,500-acre farm in south Essex. Awarded the Farmers Guardian Farming Hero in 2014, Ed has recently completed the Challenge of Rural Leadership Course organised by the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

Headline sponsors of the conference include Anglia Farmers, Bayer, Brown & Co, Camgrain, Churchgates, EDGE Careers, Opportunity Peterborough, Roythornes, and Trelleborg.

Further information about the conference and ticket bookings can be found by visiting the conference website-

Members of the Society receive discount on the ticket price. Please contact the Society office for a code to book online.

Please call William Haire should you require any more information about the conference, trade stand and sponsorship opportunities on 01733234451 and select the Livestock/Agriculture option from the option list.

Press Release: Second East of England Farming Conference looks to future opportunities.

Press Release: Second East of England Farming Conference looks to future opportunities.



Second East of England Farming Conference

looks to future opportunities.


Challenges and opportunities for the future of farming will be the focus at the second East of England Farming Conference being held at the East of England Showground on 3 November 2016.

The conference, builds on last year’s inaugural event. Confirmed speakers include CLA Deputy President and Cambridgeshire farmer Tim Breitmeyer as well as Tenant Farmers Association Chief Executive George Dunn.

As post-Brexit options begin to be examined, the first session of the day will look particularly at the opportunities for farming outside the European Union.

The second session will highlight new technologies and innovation, while the afternoon session focuses on future challenges and how the next generation of farmers can rise to meet them.

This all day event offers networking opportunities and a fringe exhibition with stands from leading businesses.

Organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, the event benefits from sponsorships by Anglia Farmers, Bayer, Brown & Co, Camgrain, Churchgates. EDGE Careers, Roythornes and Trelleborg.

To book your place visit The conference begins at 10.30am and ends at 3.30pm. Tickets include a two course locally-sourced lunch.



For more information, contact Hayley Mace, Marketing manager at Anglia Farmers, on 01603 881 827 or email

Press Release: New classes introduced to 2016 Smithfield Festival

Press Release: New classes introduced to 2016 Smithfield Festival


The 2016 East of England Smithfield Festival has announced the introduction of three new classes for this year’s event, to meet changing industry needs and to appeal to the increasing number of young farmers that the event is now attracting.

The first new class for 2016 is the market ready beef pair, where two native and continental steers or heifers, which are ready for slaughter, will be judged for the honoured title. These animals will be judged in the pen so only minimal halter training is required. However, they must be under 650 kg live weight and from a farm assured holding to qualify. The champion and reserve will be offered for sale at the event.

A new breeding ewe lamb competition has also been added to the schedule and includes classes for purebred and crossbred, native and continental breeds.  A specific class will also be held for the best North of England Mule lamb. Again, the champion will be sold at the festival.

The third new section, has been introduced due to increased interest, and is for British White cattle.  Classes will be available for bulls and heifers in the pedigree calf show.

William Haire, show director is also delighted to confirm the addition of Martin Irvine to the judging team.  Martin, known to many for his award winning Braehead Limousin herd, and star of the BBC Two series, “This Farming Life”, will judge the Young Stockperson of the Year Award.

The young stockperson class has seen a tremendous amount of interest this year, and aims to recognise up and coming talent in the cattle showing industry. Applicants qualify for entry into this class throughout the year at local and regional shows, and require a high standard of both skill and knowledge.

The College Challenge will also make a return this year and will see teams from agricultural colleges around the UK compete for this prestigious title. This will also be judged by Martin Irvine, together with NFU livestock board chairman, Charles Sercombe.  The College Challenge is predominately a stock judging competition, but also includes feed raw material identification and silage sample analysis.  This class proved incredibly popular in 2015.

“As promised, the Smithfield Festival continues to listen to the industry and change the format for new demands,” says William Haire, festival show director. “The new classes reflect the changing face of the industry.

“The growing support for the young stockperson award and the college competition also highlight the immense talent and enthusiasm we have coming into the industry from colleges around the UK. It gives me great pleasure to work with such professional and knowledgeable individuals and I’m looking forward to yet another incredible Smithfield Festival,” concludes William.

Full details of all classes can be found at



Notes to editors

  • Market ready beef pair class – animals must not have been shown the previous day in commercial classes and must have had three movements or less on the day of the show
  • The North of England Mule lamb class will be held under NEMSA rules.

For more information please contact or telephone 01733 234 451

Issued by: Julie Scanlon, Pinstone Communications, e-mail:, t: 07580 378080

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