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Farm Open Evening Attracts Farmers throughout the North

Alan and Annie Fearon, of Kirkland, and Roger Brown, of Muncaster talk with John Wilson, of Elanco about the important of calibration of equipment and application of pour-on.
Alan and Annie Fearon, of Kirkland, and Roger Brown, of Muncaster talk with John Wilson, of Elanco about the important of calibration of equipment and application of pour-on.

[T]he Farmer Network together with their main sponsors Aspatria Farmers Ltd held a farm open evening at Millstone Moor Farm, Cockermouth, courtesy of Neil and Sally Marston.

The picturesque setting above the market town of Cockermouth with views down the Lorton Valley provided an ideal venue attracting farmers from through the North.  The event was a chance for farmers to meet a large number of agricultural suppliers, all keen to show their products and services to the farming community.  The theme for the evening was to focus on innovative technology and equipment as well as viewing the Marston’s highly respected sheep flock and beef herd.

All proceeds from the event were donated to the Great North Air Ambulance and Breast Cancer UK.

Agronomist Steven Gate, of Agrovista, leads a grassland clinic session.
Agronomist Steven Gate, of Agrovista, leads a grassland clinic session.
Tim Wilson, right, of Aspatria Farmers (with microphone) and Adam Day, of the Farmer Network, together with event host Neil Marston, of Millstone Moor welcome farmers to the event on Tuesday.
Tim Wilson, right, of Aspatria Farmers (with microphone) and Adam Day, of the Farmer Network, together with event host Neil Marston, of Millstone Moor welcome farmers to the event on Tuesday.

The organisers also wanted the evening to be an enjoyable social experience with farmers encouraged to take part in competitions including stock judging and guess the sheep weight, they were also provided with a hog roast supper catered for by Lindsay’s Butchers of Cockermouth.

Through the evening there were a number of technical demonstrations including a farm walk led by Steven Gate of Agrovista, looking at Grassland Management on the farm; Allflex UK Group Ltd showed the Alligator Sheep Handling System in action during Elanco’s presentation on sheep pour-on controls and their applications and Stephen Milligan did several cattle foot trimming demos.

Neil Marston and some of his stock put before visitors for a stock judging competition.
Neil Marston and some of his stock put before visitors for a stock judging competition.

Will Rawling Chairman of the Farmer Network said “Our long held belief is that farmers work and learn best together.  Our members tell us that not only do they enjoy this type of event but it makes them think about their own farming business.  Working with the fantastic support of our main sponsors Aspatria Farmers, we hope in future to organise more of this type of event, incorporating business and pleasure.”

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