[T]he Farmer Network is working with their main sponsors, farmer-co-op Aspatria Farmers, to organise two on-farm events celebrating 10 years of Farmer Network activity in Cumbria.
Farmer Network members Chris and Catherine Chappelhow are kindly hosting an open day on their farm at Clifton Dykes near Penrith, CA10 2DH on Tuesday 28th June 10.30am – 4pm. Visitors will be able to see their Friesian dairy herd, commercial and pedigree Limousins, grassland and arable crops and to talk to suppliers of services and equipment who support the Chappelhow’s and The Farmer Network.
It will be an informal day out to meet other farmers, have a hog roast lunch and take part in a stock-judging competition with dairy, beef cattle and finished lambs. There will be a prize draw for which prizes have been donated by various agricultural suppliers.
There’s a chance to watch a demo of the Alligator (Allflex UK Group) sheep handling system, plus sheep treatment demos and a chance to win a system worth over £8000! There will be a number of farm walks during the day to look at grassland management and barley and fodder crop husbandry.
In a similar informal format, but running from 4pm – 8pm with hog roast supper, on Tuesday 5th July at Millstone Moor Farm, Redmain, Cockermouth, CA13 0QA, hosts Neil and Sally Marston will be opening their farm gates for an event on using technology to improve efficiency and target inputs on beef and sheep farms. There will be demonstrations of sheep handling and data handling systems, grassland and grazing management, with information stands on a wide range of animal health and production topics.
Adam Day, Managing Director of The Farmer Network said “Farmers have had a difficult 18 months and we are very grateful to the farmer hosts and the stall holders for funding these events to enable dairy, beef and sheep farmers to have a cracking day out at both events. They are free events for farmers and any surplus to covering the refreshment costs will go to the charities Great North Air Ambulance and Breast Cancer UK.”
More information about the events is on The Farmer Network website www.thefarmernetwork.co.uk