Great Yorkshire Show: Breakfast Meetings for Creative Thinkers & Fighting Black-Grass

The chance to network with some of the region’s most forward thinking farmers, and also tap into the latest research for combatting black-grass is on the agenda at two free breakfast seminars at next month’s Great Yorkshire Show.

England’s premier agricultural event runs from Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July when around 130,000 visitors are expected through the gates in Harrogate. This will be the 157th Great Yorkshire Show when the best of British farming will be presented with top class livestock competing for the championship awards and the latest agricultural equipment will be on show.

On Wednesday morning NFU President Meurig Raymond will be one of the speakers at a breakfast meeting organised by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire. This group comprises farmers, vets, consultants, machinery dealers and land agents who are all keen to champion the industry as well as develop their own expertise and businesses, particularly through networking. North Yorkshire arable farmer Rob Sanderson is chairing the meeting which will also be addressed by Davina Fillingham, who farms near Driffield. Davina is also a land agent and a Nuffield scholar.  A world-wide perspective will be given by poultry farmer Emily Field, also from Driffield, whose CV includes ten years in the Armed Forces which took her across the world, as well as involvement in Operation Olympics.

The Future Farmers of Yorkshire Breakfast Seminar runs from 7.45am until 9am on Wednesday 15 July and takes place at the NFU stand.  For more information and to register for a place please email before Friday 10 July.

The following day, Thursday 16 July, driving forward the battle to combat black-grass is the subject of the second breakfast seminar which will be of particular interest to arable farmers. Organised by the Farmer-Scientist Network, the seminar will address the problem of combatting this resilient and invasive weed and hearing the latest on research and tactics.

The seminar will be chaired by Prof Rob Edwards, Head of Agriculture at Newcastle University and speakers are Oxfordshire arable farmer Tom Allen-Stevens, Dr Paul Neve, Rothamsted Senior Research Scientist, and Prof. Rob Freckleton, of the University of Sheffield, who will give their wide ranging perspectives on the issue.

The seminar runs from 8:15am - 9:30am, on Thursday 16 July  and takes place at the Regional Agricultural Society’s offices at the Great Yorkshire Showground. For more details and to register please contact Holly Jones, Farmer-Scientist Network on 01423 546251 or email


26 June 2015

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The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. This year sees the 157thshow. Tickets are available either on line – go to  - 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

Parking is free and extensive. Please note that dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.