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.
I don’t come from a farming and agricultural background and I moved from a commercial buying role. My buying experience to date is largely within fresh meat and seafood, so in order to progress my career and knowledge a move into agriculture provided a great step for myself and the Co-op.
Dafydd James, 16, has just finished his GCSEs and is now looking forward to the Royal Welsh Show, where he will exhibit South Devon cattle. His interest is in media and he would like to go into television production.
Katie Court, 23, is a training adviser with Coleg Sir Gar, supporting apprentices in land-based industries. She farms beef and sheep with her mother, father and brother, and helps on her boyfriend’s dairy farm in Carmarthenshire.
Melissa Evans, 26, lives on her family’s 120-hectare (300-acre) mixed beef, arable and poultry family farm with a barn conversion B&B, with her parents, brother and twin sister. She is marketing assistant for Berrys, based in Shrewsbury.
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