Farmers’ Diary: What not to miss in Yorkshire next week

From diary discussions to farmer health checks, here’s a guide for farming families to the key diary dates for the week ahead.

Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Picture: Bruce Rollinson

WHITBY: The Whitby Dairy Discussion Group meets on Monday, December 7 for a debate entitled: ‘Operating a highly stocked flying herd’. It is with Richard Bowdler of NC Bowdler & Sons, a dairy business in Shropshire. It will convene at The Stables, Cross Butts, Guisborough Road, Whitby at 7.45pm. Call secretary Joyce Stangoe on 07733 615650.

WAKEFIELD & THIRSK: The benefits and issues associated with hedgerows and their management will the topic of free events for farmers held by the Campaign for the Farmed Environment at Woolley Golf Club, New Road, Wakefield on Monday, December 7 and at The Golden Fleece Hotel, Market Place, Thirsk on Tuesday, December 8. Both events start at 7pm. To book, call Sarah Maughan on 07432 562198.

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SKIPTON & DANBY: The National Farmers’ Union is staging meetings with tenant farmers on Tuesday, December 8 to help tenant farmers manage current financial instability. The meetings will be held at Skipton Auction Mart at 8am and at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby at 7.30pm. To book a place, call the NFU on 01904 451550.

YORK: An open meeting held by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board to seek views on which of its levy-funded activities can help levy payers build better businesses will be held as part of an activity review by AHDB will take place at the Hilton hotel in Tower Street from 7pm on Tuesday, December 8.

DONCASTER: South Yorkshire farmers can learn about the benefits of winter cover crops at a free event being held by the Campaign for the Farmed Environment on Wednesday, December 9 at Adwick Grange, Woodlands, Doncaster. The event starts at 9.30am with light refreshments and a talk, then a farm walk by kind permission of Robert Atkinson. To book, call Sarah Maughan on 07432 562198.

MASHAM: The next meeting of the Masham & District Agricultural Group will be held on Thursday, December 10 at 7.45 pm in Masham Sports Association and will focus on the work of the Tenant Farmers Association with the group’s chief executive George Dunn and chairman Stephen Wyrill.

THIRSK: Farmers visiting the Christmas Fatstock Show at Thirsk Mart on Thursday, December 10, can get a free winter health check between 11am-2.30pm. The checks are organised by The Yorkshire Rural Support Network, and both the Farming Community Network and RABI will be there to promote how they can help farming families.

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