Exmoor Hill Farming Network visit to the GYS on Wednesday 10th July 2019
‘Adaptability in the face of change’.
Chaired by Freddie Watson of The Organic Pantry near Tadcaster. With speakers, NFU President Minette Batters, Charlie Parker, Arable Operations Director at JSR Farms and Hannah Jackson, The Red Shepherdess.
After a day visiting the livestock sections, the food hall and watching the Grand Cattle Parade in the Main Ring. They joined us early in the evening at the Farming Community Network BBQ on the NFU/NFU Mutual stand. Here they heard from the FCN CEO Charles Smith. And again from Minette Batters who expressed appreciation for the sterling efforts of FCN and their network of volunteers across Yorkshire and the UK.
Poppy Arnett, York East NFU County Adviser, gave a brief presentation to the ladies later in the evening. After which some of the group enjoyed the delights of Harrogate’s Spa Town.
Askham Bryan Visit
On Thursday morning Fiona MacDonald, Head of Agriculture at Askham Bryan College hosted the group on a farm visit with her colleague Gary Harrington. Most of the group were involved in livestock production. Many are dealing with the ongoing challenges of TB which is so prevalent in the South West. They particularly enjoyed seeing the dairy operation at the College and hearing about plans for a new beef unit.
The overriding success of the visit was establishing links with others living and working on farms or having farming connections. Our networking over the brief visit confirmed how important it is to stand together as an industry. We share many of the same joys and challenges as well as the same determination to drive change and public awareness of how vital farming, food and the countryside is right across the UK to the benefit of all.
Written by Kate Dale
Yorkshire Rural Support Network Coordinator