Innovation to be Rewarded at Great Yorkshire Show

A diverse selection of farming innovations will come under the judges’ scrutiny at the Great Yorkshire Show, England’s premier agricultural event which runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s White Rose What’s Next Awards are made to products, implements, devices or services which are judged to make a real improvement either for Yorkshire farmers or for the rural community.

This year’s entries range from a new tractor-mounted post driver, to a feed supplement that eradicates parasitic worms in grazing livestock, to an emissions-free agricultural vehicle. They also include a milking liner for improved milk flow, a seed counter to allow more accurate sowing rates, a more accurate fertiliser spreading system for optimised crop management and a rotating livestock drink bowl for improved hygiene.

The Awards will be judged by Alastair Philip, Director of Agriculture at Askham Bryan College near York, and machinery expert Malcolm Gill, with the winner announced on the opening day of the Show. The judges interview all entrants to find out more about their inventions and how they will aid farmers and the rural community.

Yorkshire Agricultural Society Council members John Penty and John Henderson have been very involved in helping to establish the Awards which are now in their second year and were set up to encourage agricultural suppliers to develop new ideas.

Elsewhere visitors can see the live Lely Robotic Milking Demonstration - the first time the system has featured at an agricultural show, eight out of the top ten tractor manufacturers are amongst the exhibitors and there is a full programme of rurally based seminars scheduled. In the livestock sections, around 1,100 cattle will be competing for the top awards, there are record numbers of sheep entered (2,432) and 400 pigs will compete in the show rings, ensuring the best of the best of British livestock.

The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the gates – for the latest details see below and


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The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a charity which supports farming and the agricultural industry.This will be the 158th Great Yorkshire ShowDates are Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 JulyThe venue is The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North YorkshireIt is England’s premier agricultural eventTickets are available online – at or by calling the Ticket Hotline - 01423 541222 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm)There are savings to be made by buying tickets in advance.Parking is extensive and freeDogs, other than assistance dogs, are not allowed on the showground. Be kind to your dog and leave it at home.For the latest information see

Great Yorkshire Show 2016 Ticket Prices

                                            Advance Price   Gate Price
                                            until 6 July

Adult                                    £23                       £27

Child                                    £10                       £13

Family (2 adults
& 3 children)                      £56                       £67


About Us

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling