Yorkshire Farmers Club – Metcalfe Farms report

In this blog post, Fiona Macdonald, Coordinator of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society reports back from the latest get-together of the Network’s new Yorkshire Farmers Club.

Yorkshire Farmers Club met for their June meeting to tour Metcalfe Farms in Leyburn.

Lunch before the tour was served at Tennants Auction Room Café in Leyburn in great spirits, with the usual reunions of those that hadn’t seen each other for 20 years but happened to be attending the tour!

Equally, first meetings and new connections were made among like-minded people, which is always a great part of attending Yorkshire Farmers Club.

Well fed and lunchtime social done, we headed five minutes up the road to the farm.

A fascinating tour of a multifaceted business

We were guided round the 60-acre site at Metcalfe Farms by Steve Allen, tour guide and fountain of knowledge when it come to all things Metcalfe Farms.

Whilst many know Metcalfe Farms predominantly as a 1,300-strong dairy herd and Gold Cup winners, there is a also a host of business enterprises on site at the main farm holding.

We were lucky enough to tour the quarry, haulage and contracting enterprises, AD plant facilities, driver training areas and the on site veterinary services (I hope I haven’t missed anything out!).

Successful trip and more to come

We finished the tour over looking the rotary parlour at milking time, which given that the parlour is in use 12 hours of the day. We had a good chance of seeing one of the herd’s three milking times.

It was definitely a varied and inspiring tour of a thriving farm business and would recommend to anyone.

I would also recommend everyone to look out for our mid-summer meeting.

We were going to break for summer but have received so many requests for another before the autumn that we will try and fit one in during August, for those not busy harvesting.

Yorkshire Rural Support Network

What is the Yorkshire Farmers Club?

A new initiative of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the Yorkshire Farmers Club has been set up to give more senior members of the county’s working farming community the chance to meet up, off-farm and in likeminded company for industry visits.

The Yorkshire Farmers Club is essentially a social club for people who still have active farming minds, who are still involved in a farm business, perhaps have more time to get off farm and welcome the chance to be immersed in current industry intrigue.

The Club has the potential to help tackle social isolation and loneliness in the community by reconnecting farming people and creating opportunities for likeminded people to perhaps forge new friendships.

To catch up on the Club’s first visit, to British Sugar’s Newark factory, click here.

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