4 Reasons to Visit Royal Cornwall Show

Royal Cornwall Show is about the same level of excitement for me as Christmas and here’s why…

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Royal Cornwall Show is just around the corner and here are five great reasons you should visit…

  1. Entertainment

If I even began to tell you how much goes on at Royal Cornwall Show I would be here all day, let alone the three days the show is on! With exciting performances and activities in the main ring all day to demonstrations at the lake, it’s a great place to sit back and relax with an ice cream or marvel at the death defying stunts of the motorcycle display team. There’s also plenty of places to enjoy live music and dance performances too!

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Inter Hunt Relay

2. Animals

Animals big and small are at the show, from the biggest Shire horse to the smallest insect at the Newquay Zoo stand. From talking sheep in the Countryside Area (trust me, it’s hilarious) to the happy little rabbits and guinea pigs in the pets section.

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Snoozing Pigs…

3. Shopping

My personal favourite, the shopping! There’s plenty of shopping to be done, from food to fashion, every taste (excuse the pun) is covered and you can shop safely in the knowledge that if it’s at the show it’s got to be good quality (and a lot of the time, Cornish!)

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The Food & Farming Tent

4. Family

There’s something for the whole family at the show and tonnes of activities for the little ones to get stuck into. The fairground is always a hit, especially for when you’ve eaten too much cotton candy and still get on the carousel (guilty). Plenty of animals to pet, machinery to see and ice creams to eat.

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From the Ferris Wheel

Are you going to the show this year? What’s your favourite part? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Ruth x

Young Farmers’: How To Get Involved

Always wondered how to get involved with Young Farmers’? Well look no further…

So if our #FabulousYoungFarmers’ series caught your eye here’s how to get involved:

  1. Find Your Local Club

With over 600 clubs nationwide, there should be one close to you! Here is a map to                  demonstrate that: 

And these are just the county offices! There is also the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’  and the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster.lisk

2. Contact The Chairman

Facebook is a great place to see what the club has been up to. Once you have found your local club, ring the chairman, or message them on Facebook, and chat to them about their meetings. That’ll give you a good idea if it is the sort of thing it will involve. Find out when the next meeting is, and go!


3. You don’t have to be a farmer, to be a Young Farmer

An interest in the countryside may be beneficial for some of the meetings, but many see Young Farmers’ as a place to socialise with like-minded people. It’s always good if you’ve got someone you know to go along with but if not, everyone is so welcoming, trust me. You really become a family.

Being a Young Farmer, and involved in the many activities that it entails, really does boost your confidence, through competitions such as drama and public speaking.

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Young Farmers’ can open up so many opportunities for learning new skills, travelling the word and making friends for life. Plus, it looks great on the CV, especially if you end up in one of the club roles!

If travelling is your thing get involved with YFC Travel , Working Scholarships, Homestays  or YFC Ski .

Are you a Young Farmer? Or thinking about becoming one? Leave me a comment and let me know!

P.S If anyone is interested in what it’s like being a Young Farmer or wants anymore advice on getting involved feel free to shoot me a message (Twitter, Instagram, or email farmer.ruth@hotmail.com).

Ruth x

 

The Best Competition: YFC Entertainments

The 2017 Young Farmers Entertainments competition and why it’s the best one…

The Entertainments competition (or as we Cornish folk call it Cabaret) comes around every three years. Alternating with drama and panto. Oh yeah and it’s the BEST.

But why do I claim it’s the best of the competitions?

It’s so varied

The entertainments is truly entertaining (funny that) to watch because there are so many elements, you can’t be bored because it’s constantly changing. Being a part of the Entertainments means that one minute you could be dancing, the next singing or performing a comical sketch.

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It’s hard work but it’s so worth it

I’m writing this a week after AGM (#AGMBlues), where we came 2nd in the National Final with our production ‘How Pink is Your Panther?’. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of what we’ve achieved. But for me it’s so true what they say, it’s not the destination it’s the journey. I’ve been able to spend two evenings a week for the last six months with some incredible people, who I will miss dearly.

Even though sometimes on a cold dark evening you didn’t want to go and dance around in a freezing cold shed, looking back I know I have made friends for life doing it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d happily go back to that shed if it meant we got to do it all over again.

In Cornwall we have a ‘Cornwall team’, made up from different clubs around the county, so some of these travel for up to an hour to get to practice therefore, these tend to be the clubs we don’t see as regularly. It’s such a brilliant way to meet new people you otherwise may not.

Our club performed a dance, the girls were dressed as painters and the boys were dressed in shirts, ties, blazers, oh and hot pants and heels. As you can probably tell it was based on that popular advert that seems to annoy everyone, but the audience seemed to love our version. You can see our dance on the Farmers Guardian Facebook here. 

I am so unbelievably grateful for the experience and it’s honestly left a massive hole in my life where it was. These two years until it’s Entertainments again better go quickly!

Have you taken part in the Entertainments competition before? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Don’t forget to check out Katie’s first installment of #FabulousYoungFarmers on her blog here!

*Credit to Farmers Guardian for photos*

Ruth x

Spring

Find out what Spring means for us on the farm…

Although I’m sure every other blogger, instragrammer or tweeter has been posting pictures of daffodils and new born lambs (guilty). I just wanted to take the time to acknowledge spring on the blog and tell you a bit about what it’s like on the farm for us.

Sheep

Spring for us means lambs. We’ve already had several from a group of sheep we bought in who were due mid-march, but the rest of ours weren’t actually due until now. We lamb late due to the better weather (usually) and we lamb outside, due to lack of shed space. Of course we’ll bring in any doubles and triplets but strong singles should be fine outside, and better off for it. We’ll still catch them to mark them and ring them as well as giving the umbilical cord a drop of iodine. Although this is a labour intensive way, it’s the way it has to be done, for now at least. The introduction of the quad bike and trailer made things 100x easier.

Cows

Spring time on the dairy farm is really enjoyable, the cows are out and they’re happier grazing away at the grass in the sun. Which means that the monotonous yard work is halved and we have more time to get on with other things, like the spring re-seed. The cows are also due to calve at the end of April with 40 due all together, they will be all replacements of either Monbeliard and Norwegian Red breed. 

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We’re having a spell of dry sunny weather at the moment, so let’s hope that lasts! What does spring mean for you?

Ruth x

Farmer Ruth Recommends: AgriBuy

It’s a short one for you today, here’s a quick recommendation for all your machinery buying and selling needs! The website is Agribuy, but what makes it so good? Well for a person that judges companies based on their websites Agribuy have got design down to a T.

It’s simple to navigate and use, with easy search tools putting equipment in to categories such as; Grass and Silage, Harvesting and Livestock Equipment,then just hit search and away you go.I love the simplicity, you can literally find whatever you’re looking for in a matter of seconds. It’s also quick and easy to list an item, they say you can do it in 3 minutes!

Agribuy also offer finance options and have a handy terminology section explaining everything you need to know.

agribuyIf you’re looking to buy or sell machinery make sure you check out Agribuy.

Ruth x

Quick Healthy-ish Granola Recipe

A super quick, tasty and pretty healthy granola recipe. Does it get better than that?

Happy New Year everyone! Is it too late to say that? Oh well in the spirit of the new year I’m doing something I’ve never done before and putting a recipe on here! I enjoy baking so hopefully this will become a regular thing!

I’m a huge breakfast person and tend to go between porridge and granola. But since discovering how easy it is to whip up my own granola, I’m completely converted. It’s cheaper, lasts longer and I can control what goes in!

The original recipe is from Tanya Bakes, a fab book with tonnes of recipes from pancakes to pizza. This is my take on it, so I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients:

500g rolled porridge oats            250ml runny honey

5tbsp. coconut oil                          50g pumpkin seeds

25g flaked almonds                       30g brazil nuts

30g cashew nuts

You Will Need:

2 x large baking trays lined with grease proof paper and a large mixing bowl.

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C and melt the coconut oil and honey in a saucepan and stir.
  2. Chuck all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, you can add whatever nuts and seeds you like. I tend to put in whatever I have and judge the quantities by eye without really weighing it!
  3. Pour over the coconut oil and honey mixture then give everything a good stir so it’s all well coated.
  4. Spread a thin even layer over the baking trays and pop in the oven for around 10 to 15 minutes. Keep a close eye on it and take it out when it’s just golden brown.
  5. Once cooled completely then it’s your chance to add in any dried fruit you’d like, I’m not a fan of dried fruit but you could add raisins, sultanas or apricots.
  6. Transfer into an airtight container or jar. I’ve found it makes a lot so fits into my big Kilner jar plus two coffee jars. If you aren’t sure how much you want or just want to try it out the recipe is easily halved.

I have mine with natural yogurt and blueberries. The granola keeps for up to a month, but mine never hangs around that long!

Enjoy! Ruth x

Livestock Event 2016: A Review

A little review of what was a very exciting Livestock Event for me, and possibly the last one ever…

5 best bits of (3)As we trundled up the motorway towards Birmingham, or rather Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, which is we were staying in a lovely AirBnb, aptly named ‘The Old Dairy’, I was excited. ‘There’s no way in hell I’ll win…’ I thought, but I was very much looking forward to going anyway. Livestock Event was one of those things that I’d always heard about, and thought ‘one day…’. Birmingham is quite far for us to go and it did take us a good four hours to get up there.

Let’s backtrack to a few weeks beforehand when I had an email from The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF). To say I was one of the finalists in their Farm Health Management Awards, with a piece of writing I had done as a part of my degree, and could I come up to the Livestock Event for the presentation?  I excitedly rang my boyfriend to see if he would come with me, and thankfully he was as keen as I was to go.

The event itself took place at the NEC, a huge venue. So its understandable to worry if the show would fill it, but it did. Rows upon rows of stands lined the hall, with machinery demonstrations outside, and calf igloos with gorgeous calves in.

We spent a lovely day there, I particularly enjoyed an inspiring talk by Women in Dairy, celebrating their first birthday, there was cake! MyMorning Routine-

We also watched the NMR Gold Cup, which was really interesting to see what the top dairy herds in the UK were achieving. A big congratulations to Simon Bugler for winning the coveted Gold Cup.MyMorning Routine- (1)

Next came time for The RABDF Farm Health Management Awards, so I nervously made my way over to the stand to meet with the other finalists and my tutor. There were two veterinary students and two agricultural students (that was me and my friend Ross), in the final. When they called Ross’ name as the runner up I physically couldn’t believe that I was the Agricultural Student Winner… even when I collected my certificate and trophy.MyMorning Routine- (2)

Needless to say I was a bit over excited when people wanted to interview me, and congratulate me. I was honestly overjoyed. I still don’t think its quite sunk in yet. How did we celebrate? Pizza Express, wine and the football. Rock and roll 😉

I want to thank everyone involved at the Livestock Event, it was a lovely day. However, in 2017 the Livestock Event is becoming the National Dairy Event, a one day event which will be in September, so I wish them every success with that. I’m hoping we might venture up!

Did you go to the Livestock Event? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know…

Ruth x

Twitter Focus: #AgriChatUK

Ahead of their special #AgrichatUK tonight, here is a bit about them and why you should join in…

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AgrichatUK was started back in 2011, founded by Edward Morgan, Charles Tassell,  Simon Haley and Jez Fredenburgh. Hosted by Will Wilson. It has grown significantly in the last five years, now boasting an impressive 20,369 followers and growing by the day.

It was the first agricultural based hashtag on Twitter, the premise being a place where people involved in agriculture can get together, to share ideas, discuss and debate. A place to connect with people from all different parts of the industry, from different parts of the country.

I believe it is such a brilliant idea, a place where you can come and talk with other people, all connected by the same thing, agriculture. As we all know, agriculture can be a lonely business, but with this, anyone can join in the discussion, have a chat, and it can really help. Plus, everyone is so friendly and welcoming.

From debating the hot topics in the farming world, to discussing the past, present and future of agriculture, mental health and succession. There’s a new topic every week, special guests and co-hosts, you will never be bored.

Personally I enjoy reading others opinions on the topics, as well as contributing with my own. I can truly say I learn something new every week. It really shows how agriculture is changing and growing with social media, I never would’ve thought Twitter would be such a popular place for farming!

So make sure you join in for the SPECIAL AgrichatUK TONIGHT at 8pm debating the EU Referendum! Leave me a comment and let me know if you do…

Ruth x

5 Best Bits of Royal Cornwall Show

Having the Post-Royal Cornwall Show blues? Yeah, me too. Here are 5 of my best bits from the show.

If you’re anything like me then you’ll be currently suffering with the Post-Royal Cornwall Show blues, so to make myself feel better, and to remind myself of what a lovely show it was, I’ve put together my top 5 best bits of the Royal Cornwall Show 2016.

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#1 Food & Farming

The Food and Farming tent is a main point in the show, and no show would be complete without a trip to it. It contains all the best of Cornish food and drink, and it is yummy. My particular favourites this year were; The Cornish Country Cordials (say that 5 times fast!) and they had the most delicious mocktails, which were so beautifully refreshing and such a wonderful idea! It was no wonder they had sold out by the end of the show.

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Mocktails!
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#2 Pimms!

Pimms and the sun go hand in hand, add in a dash of the show and its the perfect combination. Nothing makes me feel like summer is finally here like a glass of Pimms! I shared a jug with a few friends in the members pavilion.

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#3 Shearing

Royal Cornwall holds a purpose built sheep shearing building, at which crowds gather to see some of the world’s best shearers battle it out against one another for who can shear the sheep fastest. It is seriously impressive and they make it look a lot easier than it is, trust me!

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The show is still very much an agricultural show, a place to do business and catch up with old friends. I believe it is extremely beneficial for the agricultural industry, that even though the industry is going through hard times with the falling prices, that everyone can still come together and celebrate successes in the show ring with one another.

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#5 The Main Ring

Now, the main ring, the hub of the entertainment at the show. Each year I thoroughly enjoy whatever the main ring has to offer, and this year was no exception. My top pick this year was the inter-hunt relay competition. It was truly wonderful to see these long established hunts doing their thing in the ring and how well behaved the hounds were (lots of bribery).

Sneaky #6..The Shopping!

What? No, I’ve always had these shoes…

Thanks to Royal Cornwall Show for putting on another great show! Only 358 days to go!

Leave me a comment and tell me your favourite part of the show…

Ruth x

 

An Introduction…

So hello, and welcome to this little part of the internet. My name is Ruth and this is my blog.

This blog was started with the intention of showing other sides to agriculture, and that agriculture doesn’t just have to be about farming. Growing up, throughout primary school and secondary school, I was the only girl who lived on a farm. So in a time before the internet arrived in my life I felt completely alone in wanting to study agriculture and being interested in this baffled many career advisors.

Fast forward to now, and I am about to finish my degree in Rural Business Management, having studied for a Foundation degree in Agriculture, I couldn’t feel more different to that girl who felt like the only girl in the world who loved farming. Now, I have met some amazing women who love farming as much as me, and know of many others. So, this is one for the girls, who feel alone in their friendship groups, dreaming of being out on the farm when you’re stuck in Maths. You are not alone. Had I’d have known about this corner of the internet, where women are changing the face of agriculture it would’ve helped tremendously. So, girls (and boys) get yourselves to Twitter and follow some of these wonderful people:

Sheepish Sophie : Sophie Barnes is a sheep extraordinaire. Well, she has lambed a lot. She is a first generation sheep farmer from Derbyshire and is currently working out in New Zealand. Sophie is very interesting to follow and shows what farming is like on the other side of the world.  She is most certainly one girl doing it for herself *sassy S clicks*. You can read about her adventures so far on her Twitter here or her blog here.

Alice: Alice, or Aliceinwellies is an agricultural journalist (*cough* dream job *cough*), editor and reporter for the South East Farmer. She is a Cirencester graduate, a keeper of sheep and a self confessed fanatic about all things farming and fieldsports. Plus, she is completely hil-ari-ous to follow on Twitter. So get following here and her blog here.

There are so many wonderful people to mention this could get boring for you, so just to round things up, here are some more gorgeous girls & boys to follow; Jodi/ The Solo Shepherdess (says it all in the name really) Twitter and her blogGeorgiaAlly.

Finally, last but by no means least, Farmers Of The UK and Agrichat! I’ll be sure to do a follow up post on these soon!

Ruth x

P.S. I also really need to thank Abi from A Country Lady for the inspiration for this post!