REGIONAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR FARMING AWARDS

Excellence in farming practice will be recognised at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show in a presentation ceremony to some of the North of England’s finest farmers. The Tye Trophy Awards are made to the five regional winners of the competition which rewards good commercial farming coupled with sound environmental practice. Another important element is that of being an ambassador for the industry to encourage greater understanding of the important role that farmers play in producing our food. The climax of the competition comes at England’s premier agricultural show when the overall champion is announced.

Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society which organises the event said: “As a Society our remit is to encourage and recognise good farming practice, and each year it’s very pleasing to see that the standard remains as high, if not higher than ever. I know the judges have once again had a difficult task, and we look forward to announcing the overall winner at the Great Yorkshire Show.”

Regional winners are:

North Yorkshire: S and C Coggrave of Church Farm, Tockwith, York.

West & South Yorkshire: WB & S Shaw of Manor Farm, Hooton Roberts, Rotherham

East Yorkshire: Mr G Hawcroft, Holme Lodge Farm, Holme on Spalding Moor

Tyne Tees: Mr & Mrs M Gray, Broom House Farm, Witton Gilbert, Durham

Northumberland: Mr S Henderson of West Fenton, Milfield, Wooler.

Each regional winner will receive £200 and an individual trophy, whilst the champion will receive a further cheque for £400 and the Tye Trophy.

The ceremony takes place at the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday 11 July when the President of the Society, Raymond Twiddle will present the awards.

Dates for the Great Yorkshire Show are Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July and it takes place at Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. For more information see www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

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19 June 2012 

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YORKSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY: 

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to almost £1m. It is based at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate; the RAC includes Fodder, the Society’s regional food shop and café which opened in June 2009. Both the RAC and Fodder has won a number of awards, including in 2010, being named as the Observer Monthly Best Independent Local Retailer, and most recently it has been chosen as a finalist in the Taste of England category of the 2012 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

The Society is the organiser of England’s premier agricultural show, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. The 2012 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July and last year’s event attracted 135,086 visitors. The record attendance is 135,111, established in 2006. Countryside Live takes place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October and last year there were 10,700 visitors to the event.

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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 2015 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October 2014. 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: The Right Honorable The Lord CrathornePresident Elect: Sarah YorkChief Executive: Nigel Pulling

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