Category Archives: Industry News

See you at LAMMA?

The show opens bright & early today. If you’re venturing out, have a great day and hope all exhibitors have a fantastically busy and fruitful show!

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The show runs from 7.30am – 5.30pm on 22 January and 7.30 – 4.30pm on 23 January, with both car parking and access free of charge.

Photo from the LAMMA show website which is here.

Unseasonally warm weather leads to Rhubarb shortage

Lack of December frost is spelling a potential shortage of Rhubarb for growers in Yorkshire’s  ‘Rhubarb Triange’, with the first crop, due to hit the shops in March, currently at half expected volume.

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Of course, the supermarkets will be stocking imported varieties, but Rhubarb aficionados claim that this lacks the subtlety of flavour of the Yorkshire grown fare.  However, fear not, as it seems that later crops have not been similarly affected, so if you love your Rhubarb only when it’s grown in Yorkshire, you may find that you have a little longer to wait this year!

You can read the Telegraph Rhubarb article here.  And Don’t forget you can buy all you need for Home Gardening at Agratech, click here



Get Planting Garlic and Shallots Now

garden garlicNow is the perfect time to get planting if you want to harvest your own Garlic and Shallots this summer.

Planting now will ensure that your plants get a good few weeks of cool temperatures needed to get the above ground growing underway.

We love locally based Robinsons website and plenty of new varieties and a very funky website at the Garlic Specialists

extract from The Independent article The Clove Club


‘Concentration Camp’ Farmer Jailed

Cheshire farmer James Stratton was yesterday jailed for 12 months and banned from keeping animals for 10 years, after admitting animal cruelty charges.

Animal Welfare Officers told the court it was the ‘worst case they had ever seen’, after they had made the horrific discovery following an anonymous telephone tip-off.

The full story via the BBC News website, here

Government commit £millions to new woodlands

The Government is to invest £30m to plant 4 million new trees as they look to create 2000 hectares   Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 15.20.25of new woodlands and place 200,000 ha into protected status.

The move will support existing landowners in their forestry work, and will create jobs and provide growth support for the forestry industry in the UK which already contributes  around £230 million GVA ( figure from 2010, an increase of 52% since 2008)

More can be found on Defra’s pages here

You can also read the WoodlandTrust’s response to the plans on their website,  here

Food and Farming Awards 2014

It’s that time of year again…..

BBC Radio 4 have announced the categories for this years Food & Farming Awards, the 14th such event.

The 14th BBC Food and Farming Awards celebrate the best of British food and those companies and individuals who grow, make and supply it. Nominations close at midnight on Monday 27th January 2014.

We have a couple of local favourites in mind, especially the Yorkshire Gin that MrsL discovered at the Country Living Fair; but who will you vote for…?

You can see the categories and nominations on the Radio 4 Website here.

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Wassailing, White Water & Wellie Walks

It might be cold and grey outside, but wrap-up warm and head outdoors!                                         Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 15.14.59

The National Trust have plenty of activities and events running even in the Winter months, both indoor and outdoor.

Visit their website to see what events are taking place this weekend – click here then grab your coat & wellies and get moving!

Have a great weekend!

Are you an Aspiring Farmer? One week left to apply for a scholarship

Thinking of a career in Farming and Agriculture?  Already studying Agriculture?

McDonalds are once again seeking three young people to join their Progressive Young Farmer Training Programme, where participants will get mentored by top industry experts and work with the farms and companies that supply the burger chain.

Applications close on 17 January so be quick…

Courtesy McDonalds

Courtesy McDonalds

Apply via the company website here.


2014 Lamma Show Bigger & Better than ever!

For its 2014 outing, The Lamma Show has relocated for the third time in its history, due to an     Screen shot 2014-01-06 at 11.51.16increase in visitor and exhibitor numbers alike.

The Farm Machinery, Equipment and Agricultural Services Show which celebrates its 33rd show this year has made the move to the East of England Showground in Peterborough, in response to comments and feedback from visitors and exhibitors alike; and also has a new sponsor – AgriBank.

The new venue offers better route access and exit, along with room to grow further in future years, whilst remaining true to its roots.

Says Cliff Preston, event director:

“LAMMA prides itself on being the UK’s leading farm machinery equipment and services show and we are dedicated to offering a show that can continue to develop and provide both exhibitors and visitors with the best possible experience.

“We are committed to preserve the unique heritage and the friendly and informal atmosphere of the LAMMA show.  It remains, at its heart, an easy and free to attend event for farmers to see the latest agricultural machinery, equipment and services from around the world.

The show runs from 7.30am – 5.30pm on 22 January and 7.30 – 4.30pm on 23 January, with both car parking and access free of charge.

More detail from the shows official webpage

Drive & Ride Show and Sale

Ripon Farm Services are kicking off the show season with a machinery showcase at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Wednesday & Thursday this week. An opportunity to view and drive products across a wide range of specialisms and manufacturers!

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Find out more about their event on their website here.

Photo from Ripon Farm Services Website