Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
After a scorching Easter weekend when some members of the general public showed they had little understanding of the countryside by sparking wildfires with their disposable barbecues, our public officials showed they were equally oblivious to rural protocols by banning the shooting of pigeons and crows, to name just a couple.
None of us would want to have to answer that question, but given the new financial year is upon us and many of us will be conducting a budgeting exercise, it is a pertinent time to consider how we budget for safety management.
It might not fit with the image of rural Britain to erect steel fences and padlock gates to keep out intruders, but it is becoming an increasingly real part of life in the countryside for many farmers.
The last time GB milk production was as high as it currently is, in the early 1990s, the poll tax riots were erupting, Margaret Thatcher was exiting Number 10 Downing Street, and the Gulf War was raging.