REGIONAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR TOP FARMING AWARDS

Successful commercial farming combined with sound conservation practice will be rewarded at next month’s Great Yorkshire Show when the overall champion of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Tye Trophy competition will be announced.

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In the run up to the three day farming showcase, (Tues 14 – Thurs 16 July) the five regional winners have now been selected and from these, the Champion will be chosen.  The ceremony for all the winners takes place on Wednesday 15 July, at England’s premier agricultural event with the Society’s President, Lord Crathorne, officiating.

Top of the judging criteria was the degree of integration of conservation into a well-run commercial farming system, and also evidence of future strategy in taking the measures forward. In addition, the extent to which existing habitats and features have been retained, enhanced and managed effectively.

Charles Mills, Regional Judging Panel Chairman said: “I’ve been involved in judging the Tye Trophy competition since it began in 2007 and it’s interesting and rewarding, to see how it’s developed. There is a growing awareness amongst farmers that conservation is a valuable addition to successful commercial farming, which is how it should be. As ever, the standard of entries has been high, and all our winners deserve praise and recognition. They exemplify what can be achieved when conservation is an integral part of commercial farming practice, and the benefits which result.”

Mr Mills farms at Appleton Roebuck near York and will become Honorary Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show on Thursday 16 July, at the close of the 2015 event.

The five regional winners are:

West & South Yorkshire Area Winner

Malcolm Fewster, Listing Mill Farm, Cleckheaton.

North Yorkshire Area Winner

Timothy Fothergill, Red House Farm, Easby, Richmond.

Tyne Tees Area Winner

Simon Hare, Trees House Farm, Brignall, Barnard Castle.

East Yorkshire Area Winner

Geoff Riby, Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington.

Northumberland Area Winner

Edwin Taylor, Wallish Walls Farm, Shotley Bridge, Consett

All will be presented with framed certificates, cheques for £200, crystal glasses and wooden plaques, with the overall champion receiving the championship trophy and a further cheque for £200.

ENDS

19 June 2015

Media Contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society – 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk

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EDITORS NOTES

The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. This year sees the 157th show.

Tickets are available either on line – go to www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk  - or call 01423 541222.

Tickets bought before 8 July 2015              Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:               £23                                          Adult                £26

Concession:    £22                                          Concession:    £25                             

Children:          £10                                          Children:          £12

Family:            £56                                           Family:            £64

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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 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

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