Livestock Event 2016: A Review

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

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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!