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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Its Show time!

As the crops enjoy the light showers that have come to our dust bowl of a farm over the last couple of weeks to dampen it a fraction, elsewhere county shows have allowed the general public and the farming community to come together.
County Shows like the Suffolk Show, Hadleigh Show, Norfolk Show and South Suffolk Show have been or are coming up in the next few weeks. These shows highlight all the great things that the farming and rural communities do throughout the year. Local produce on sale, new machinery polished and on show, champion prized livestock lined up with rosettes to boast. All these shows are organised and run by the farming community; usually farmers scrub up and don the bowler hats, lots of voluntary hours go into these shows which gives them such a unique feel.
 They are great days out for the whole family bar the dog! Dog at Shows is a hot topic currently but in my eyes if I took my dog I would not enjoy the day as much. Flo would be hot, tired, no place to settle and would think everyone there was to see her and I would be on tender hooks as she would become grumpy very quickly. So a great mix of a bit of shopping, networking with businesses and education for the whole family hopefully all enjoyed on a day in the sun.
It not just County Shows at this time of the year, farmers have very specialist shows. The Grassland and Muck Show and Cereals are two events that are very specific to the farming industry. We attend Cereals probably the premier industry organised farming event. Lots of ideas are found, seeds of thoughts planted and free pens for the office gained. Everyone who is anyone in the farming world will be at Cereals and it is a day to carry lots of business cards to save filling out contact details.
If you have never been to these events local or national they are well worth a visit and you will have a great day out as there is something for everyone. BWB

1 comment:

  1. We've just enjoyed the Bath & West show under blue skies. This is a big show with a huge livestock element, rural industries, including national sheep shearing, plus all the normal tack that associates itself with these events. The animals were fab and there were lots of Somerset "characters".