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.
Katie Anderson left her life in the city to start up a career in farming. Here she tells us five things to do to help you boost your knowledge and confidence before setting out in the world of farming.
Crawford Mclaren, 24, is a self-employed farm contractor, working for the family business run by his father. It is a mixed farm of bull beef finishing, a pedigree Simmental herd and arable land growing spring barley, wheat and potatoes.
Nikita Garner, 29, is a sheep farmer on about 15-acres in East Durham. She completed a masters degree in humanities at Northumbria University with a research-led dissertation on current issues faced by British farmers. She now works in project management.
A good inch of mid-August rain in most places – and quite a lot more in some – caused a hiccup as we neared the end of harvest. But it has been just what we needed for oilseed rape sowing and autumn stubble management, as well as cover crop establishment and potato desiccation.
In 1976 I’m told the weather broke about now, August bank holiday weekend and then it didn’t stop raining until winter. Legend has it that potatoes were planted in snow and lifted in snow - but I’m told they were well worth the effort and should be this year too.
William Awan, 17, runs a farming partnership comprising Exmoor Horn Ewes, polled and traditional Herefords, Dexters and Christmas turkeys with his neighbour, Bob. He is about to start his final year of A-levels in art, photography and biology.