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The Butcher, The Baker and the Ice Cream Maker

SAVE THE DATE! The next Women in Farming Network meeting has been confirmed as: Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2019 At: Fodder farm shop and café, Great Yorkshire Showground HG2 8NZ From: 6.30pm An informal evening with supper, presentations and lots of conversation. Save the date to ensure you won’t miss out on our next popular […]

Investigating the unique abilities of the Herdwick Sheep Breed

Investigating the unique abilities of the Herdwick Sheep Breed Herdwicks are commercially farmed in Cumbria and provide income for their local communities. The breed consists of 65,000 sheep, with more than 95% of the entire number concentrated in one geographical region – within the Lake District National Park, that has recently been awarded UNESCO World […]

Farmers and food producers at the heart for Grow Yorkshire

At a time when Brexit has prompted the greatest change to farming in a generation, the Yorkshire Food and Farming Rural Network has joined other regional food and farming stakeholders to promote a positive vision for the future of the industry. Collaboration will be key to Grow Yorkshire, an initiative supported and enabled by the […]

Learning & Networking Opportunities

Written by Richard Pears, Future Farmers of Yorkshire member kindly sponsored by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to attend the Oxford Farming Conference 2019. Having read the news stories emanating from the Oxford Farming Conference over the years, and having heard nothing but positive reports from previous delegates it was with high expectations that I arrived […]

NFU Conference 2019 – Our Food, Our Future

Written by Nick Grayson, Future Farmers of Yorkshire member kindly sponsored by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the NFU North East Office to attend the NFU Conference 2019. Travelling into central Birmingham on the train during rush hour on a weekday morning, wearing a shirt and tie was the first culture shock for me – […]

Every Farmers’ Responsibility

Written by Jim Beary, Future Farmers of Yorkshire member kindly sponsored by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to attend the Oxford Farming Conference 2019. I am an upland livestock farmer from Bradfield, South Yorkshire, in the Peak District National Park. It is a 400-acre farm consisting of 800 ewes, producing prime lambs for Tesco, 130 contract […]

Brexit – Imports and Exports – Impact of Tariff Quotas

What does Brexit mean for tariff and tariff quotas in a soft or hard Brexit deal? In February, we were joined by Economic Law expert, Professor Fiona Smith, University of Leeds, who spoke to the Network about the impact on tariff and tariff quotas in a ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ Brexit deal. Fiona was a member […]

What to look for when conducting a post mortem for liver fluke disease

What to look for when conducting a post mortem for Liver fluke disease Yorkshire farmers had an insightful evening in February with Bainbridge Vets, Leyburn, learning about key signs for Liver fluke disease when conducting a post mortem on their hill sheep. The post mortems are part of a learning programme being delivered under the […]

The Myths & Realities of Livestock Production

Join us to discuss the myths & realities of livestock production What are the myths and realities surrounding the UK livestock industry with regards to welfare, environment and healthy consumption of animal products? It is time to arm ourselves with the facts, and understand how to present them, so we can talk to the public […]

A World of Opportunity

Written by, Sarah Dean, Oxford Farming Conference Scholar 2019 supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Attending the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC), titled ‘A World of Opportunity’, was a great opportunity for myself, I was very grateful to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society for kindly sponsoring me. Brexit was the main talking point throughout the conference which […]

Have your say on how to improve nitrogen use efficiently

Our friends at the University of Leeds have asked us to support them in promoting their new project. Can you help? Currently, many of the efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution focus on a single influence, such as air or water quality, or a single activity, such as slurry storage or fertilizer application. This project, delivered […]

Come & be part of an amazing team!

The Great Yorkshire Show is looking for volunteer stewards for a number of areas (including sheep and cattle) for the 2019 Show. We all know how special GYS is, but, quite simply, the show could not run without the dedication of its Stewards. You’ll get a huge sense of pride and an immense buzz from […]

Bridging the Gap for Rural Broadband

Connecting rural communities and businesses to rural broadband is one of our network’s key priorities which is why at the Great Yorkshire Show 2018 we gave a big push to help our rural and farming communities connected. Hosted by the CLA with sponsorship by the network, the drop-in event, held on the Wednesday of the […]

Defining a Future for Yorkshire Farming

In November 2018, the Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network held their conference “Defining a Future for Yorkshire Farming” at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus in York in which it welcomed 200 regional farmers and stakeholders to showcase Yorkshire’s industry strengths in Agriculture. The audience discussed the future of the new Agricultural Policy for the […]

Oxford Farming Conference 2019

Hundreds of farming enthusiasts from across the UK converged on the classrooms and examination halls of Oxford University, last week, for the 2019 Oxford Farming Conference. Headline speaker, Defra Secretary, Michael Gove warned about the dangers of a no-deal Brexit and spoke of the importance of productive farming and environmental enhancement. He promised a “world […]

Is it the end for agrichemical spraying?

Is it the end for agrichemical spraying? Prof Rob Edwards and Dr Roma Gwynn were among the speakers at this year’s CropTec Show 2018. The event was held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Rob and Roma spoke to an audience of 200 over the two-day event. They set the scene for a […]

Brymor Ice Cream Evening

The Women in Farming’s November meeting at Brymor Ice Cream was the absolute opposite of the stormy weather hammering down outside on the café’s roof! After receiving a very warm welcome from the staff a delicious coffee and a chance to chat to the other ladies present, we were guided through to the main café […]

A family business with a real passion for quality

Our blog about the Women in Farming evening visit to Shepherds Purse near Thirsk in May 2018 Wow! Didn’t we have a fantastic time with Judy and Caroline Bell on our visit? They were so generous with their time, knowledge and expertise and gave us a really wonderful opportunity to find out more about running […]

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