Author: Ruth Trolove

Sign up for Cultiv8 trip to Norfolk!

Sign up for Cultiv8 trip to Norfolk!

Booking Form

Cultiv8 are crossing the Eastern border into Norfolk on the 20th June.

Join us for a tour of the new innovative dairy unit at Houghton Hall, run by Evolution Farming. A company who strive to drive profit through innovation.

We will then be heading over to Wiveton Hall to meet Desmond MacCarthy, star of BBC2’s Normal for Norfolk. We will take a tour of the house and farm with Desmond before heading to the Wiveton Cafe for Dinner.

The cost of the day £40pp this includes the visits, the meal and a drink at Wiveton Hall.

Questions and completed forms to

Booking Form

Deadline for booking 8/6/2018


Farms Competition Update

Farms Competition Update

It is with great disappointment that the East of England Agricultural Society have made the decision to cancel the Farms Competition section of the Farm and Rural Business Awards for the 2018 competition. The second section of the awards, aimed at diversified businesses and added value food & drink producers will still run in 2018 with prizes presented at the 2018 Peterborough Dinner.

We also look forward to the Farm Walk where we will be taking a look round last years Supreme Champion farm- Courteenhall Estate. Please click here if you would like more information about attending that event.

For more information about the Farm & Rural Business Awards, including how to enter Section 2: Rural Business please click here

Bursary announced for members to attend RASC conference in Canada

Bursary announced for members to attend RASC conference in Canada

The East of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce the opening of the RASC conference bursary applications. This year the East of England Agricultural Society has openings for two Members to attend the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference in which takes place in November.

The Bi-annual conference takes place in a different Commonwealth Nation each time and this year the conference is to be held in Edmonton, Canada. The two successful bursary applicants will attend both the next generation conference and the main conference and also receive flights and accommodation as part of the package.

The East of England Agricultural Society supports the continued progression of individuals within the industry and believes that the RASC conference will provide a great source of knowledge for those who receive the Bursary.

The 2016 conference took Cultiv8 members Tom Martin and Amelia Rome to Singapore for the conference, and both have flourished on the knowledge learned at the event. Tom’s trip to Singapore sparked the ‘Facetime a Farmer’ initiative that has swept through the agricultural social media world over the course of the last year and how know been picked up by LEAF.

Bursary applications are open until the 3rd of August. The application process requires the candidate to pitch why they would benefit from the Bursary and the impact it would likely have on themselves and the Society. Applications will be judged by a panel appointed by the East of England Agricultural Society.

For more information, including specifics on how to apply please visit , Email or call 01733 234451

Cultiv8 Visit- I am a Cider Drinker…

Cultiv8 Visit- I am a Cider Drinker…

Written by Claire Wirght, Cultiv8 Member

One of the best bits about being a member of Cultiv8 is the chance to get out and about to visit inspiring rural businesses. The March meeting was no exception as we got the chance to visit Saxby’s Cider near Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

Philip Saxby welcomed us all to the farm and explained how the diversification had arisen mostly by accident when he was approached to grow apples for a juice manufacturer; he decided instead to plant some apple trees and have a go at producing cider. To his own admission the first few attempts were pretty rough and undrinkable. He then attended a cider making (you don’t brew cider!) course and the results were a resounding hit.

All the apples are pressed on the farm before being left to ferment; the end product is then sent away to be bottled at a dedicated plant in the West Country as the same bottling line cannot be used for beer and cider.

Production has expanded in recent years and the range of ciders now includes the popular fruit flavoured ciders. This involves adding natural flavour to the original apple cider rather than relying on artificial sweeteners and colourings. As a result the ciders are suitable for those with gluten intolerance; as no finings are added during the production process the cider is also suitable for vegans.  Needless to say Philip is very fussy about where he sources these additional fruit ingredients and the strawberries and plums come from Herefordshire while the rhubarb comes from Yorkshire.

The latest addition to the products is Slider, a potent mixture of cider and the gin infused sloes that are a by-product of the sloe gin manufacturing at Warner Edwards’ distillery!

After the talk there was a chance to visit the small on-site shop for a tasting session. I can testify that the original cider, the plum cider and the rhubarb cider were all delicious; although I wasn’t brave enough to try the Slider without a mixer!

We all clanked away carrying many bottles of our favourite ciders and I think we can safely say that we are all cider drinkers now….

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The Skills Service Careers Show- Mission Possible

The Skills Service Careers Show- Mission Possible

The East of England Agricultural Society is proud to be supporting the Agri-Food section of Mission Possible, a careers event run by The Skills Service at the East of England Showground.

The event is the biggest skills and careers event in the East of England, targeted at 14-24 year olds with the aim of showcasing the wide variety of businesses, sectors and opportunities available, both locally and beyond.

The East of England plays a large and integral part in British agriculture and food production. Defra’s 2015 figures show that 40 698 people were employed on farms in the region, and 2017 figures from the NFU state that 476 000 people are employed on farms across the country. These figures don’t even include those that work in the allied industries.

This event allows us to inspire the next generation at the age where they are deciding what their next steps in life could be. Whether it is selecting university courses, apprenticeships, further education courses, or developing interests outside of education, all it could take to get them onto the path of agriculture and food production could be showing the full extent of the industry in a positive and enthusiastic light at this event!

Trade stand price varies depending on the size and requirements of each company, as a guide a 3mx3m trade stand with shell scheme, electric, spotlights, table, chairs and Wi-Fi is £300 + VAT

To get involved, or for more information visit

Shuttleworth Lecture- Sir Peter Kendall

Shuttleworth Lecture- Sir Peter Kendall

We are delighted to be welcoming Sir Peter Kendall as guest speaker for this years Shuttleworth Lecture, the event is free to attend and open to all. To book your place email Ruth at or call 01733 234451

Funeral Details Mr Roy Bird MBE

Funeral Details Mr Roy Bird MBE

Following the sad news that Mr Roy Bird MBE passed away last week, please see the details of his funeral below.

15th February 2018 @ 11am

The service is to be held at Peterborough Cathedral

Followed by a celebration of Roy’s Life at the East of England Showground.

Upcoming Events

all-day Equifest @ East of England Showground
Equifest @ East of England Showground
Aug 8 – Aug 12 all-day
Equifest @ East of England Showground
Members are entitled to free entry to this event upon presentation of a valid membership card at the entrance. For more information about this event, please visit the dedicated event website here
all-day All Breeds All Britain Calf Show @ East of England Showground
All Breeds All Britain Calf Show @ East of England Showground
Oct 19 – Oct 21 all-day
All Breeds All Britain Calf Show @ East of England Showground
We are delighted to welcome the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show to the East of England Showground this year. The show includes classes for Holstein; British Friesian; Jersey; Guernsey; Brown Swiss; Ayrshire & Dairy …

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