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Yesterday, 15:00

Suffolk’s agricultural community will be descending on Trinty Park for the annual Suffolk Show next week.

Thu, 12:31
West Suffolk Hospital Charity is appealing for hay bales for its flagship fundraising event.

A hospital charity is seeking a donation of hay bales for its flagship fundraising event.

Thu, 12:18
ADie the cow before her dramatic transformation.

Suffolk Show organisers will be hoping to open visitors’ eyes to the many facets of farming at an area of next week’s event devoted to the sector.

Thu, 12:07
Suffolk Show director Bill Baker

The 2015 Suffolk Show is a chance for the industry to make the most of its regional shop window, says show director Bill Baker.

The Suffolk Farm Business Competition, the SAA’s annual competition to find the best farms in Suffolk, is launched this week. The SAA is grateful once again to our main sponsor, Bunn Fertiliser Ltd, supported by Koch Advanced Nitrogen, Hutchinsons, Baker Tilly, Larking Gowen and FramFarmers who are all continuing their long term support of the competition. This year we also welcome Stanfords, Colchester Livestock Market, who are sponsoring the Best Livestock Award in each category. The competition has three entry categories: Class 1 (up to 200 hectares), Class 2 (200-399 hectares) and Class 3 farms (over 400 hectares). It is also open to farm contractors so an owner can enter his farm which is run by a contractor for day-to-day operations. Contractors can enter their total business, comprising owned or hired land and any subsequent contract farming operations. Farms are judged from first to third place in each category and winners receive a trophy. Special awards are given for Best Crop, Best Livestock Enterprise and Conservation. Judges will assess the whole business and management of the farms, including enterprise management, marketing, employment and investment strategy. They also consider business sustainability of land occupation including product development, diversification and long-term development as well as the farm’s social and community involvement including local education, public land use or employment activities. Entry is now open for all categories and judging will take place on June 22 and 23. The judges are invited from a different area of the country each year and this year’s judges are all farmers from the Newark area. In a reciprocal arrangement, George Harris, the SAA’s deputy director, has also organised eight judges from Suffolk and Essex to judge the Newark competition on June 15. Winners will be announced at the annual awards dinner on October 22 and all farms competition entrants will receive two complimentary tickets to this very popular black tie dinner. To enter, phone the show office or go online at www.suffolkshow.co.uk.

Thu, 06:00
Winner, sponsors and judges at the Suffolk Agricultural Association's Agricultural Awards Dinner.
Suffolk Agricultural Awards Dinner on 23-October-2014 at Trinity Park
Picture: Stephen Waller 

The Suffolk Farm Business Competition, the SAA’s annual competition to find the best farms in Suffolk, is launched next week.

Mon, 06:47
HGCA’s Stowmarket monitor farmer Brian Barker and Regional Manager Tim Isaac gave more than 4500 school children the opportunity to learn about the journey of wheat from field to food.

HGCA’s Stowmarket monitor farmer Brian Barker and regional manager Tim Isaac gave more than 4,500 school children the opportunity to learn about the journey of wheat from field to food.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Image of (from left) Major Steve Neville 23 Parachute Engineers, Nicola Bateman, chief executive officer, George Harris SAA, Colonel Jason Etherington, Commander of Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk Agricultural Association show director Bill Baker, Squadron Leader David Northeast (RAF), Sergeant Michael Rees (RAF), Mr Robie Silk, Wattisham  Station Staff Officer, Mr Sterling Askew, Station Staff Officer for Woodbridge.

Soldiers are being treated to a day out with their families at this year’s Suffolk Show.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
John Cessford, (right) presenting the award to Paul Kelly (centre) with guest speaker Henry Herbert, 
from Channel 4’s Fabulous Baker Brothers

An Essex premium turkey producer which has had success exporting its product to America has scooped a brand identity award.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
David Weir CBE, six times Paralympic Champion,   is now an official brand champion for BEET IT Sport, made by James White Drinks in Ashbocking

A six times Paralympic champion has backed a Suffolk-made sports drink.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Woodlands, Framlingham, which is on the market through Clarke and Simpson

Three blocks of land along the Deben Valley have hit the market simultaneously as land values continue to soar to all-time highs.

Friday, May 15, 2015
Pig farmer Ian Johnson.

A pig farmer is quitting the industry after 16 years because the business has become increasingly uneconomic.

Friday, May 15, 2015
Native breeds carcass competition run by Bramfield Meats and Suffolk Food Hall: Butchers assess the entries: Charlie Mills and Craig Bullard

An Aberdeen Angus carcase from a herd based in Bury St Edmunds took top honours at an East Anglian contest pitting pure-bred British native breeds against each other.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Cobrey Farms are growing a new variety of asparagus called Burgundine. With the asparagus is farmer Henry Chinn. Picture: Ian Burt

A new purple variety of asparagus that can be eaten raw is being grown in north Norfolk, and more may be grown in Suffolk.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Suffolk Young Farmers members at AGM on the fancy dress night.

We are forever writing how busy we have been here at Suffolk YFC, but last month was somewhat different, we were absolutely, flat out! writes Angharad Bendall.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Livestock at Essex Young Farmers Country Show.

The Essex Young Farmers Country Show is back on Sunday, May 17, at Boyton Hall, Roxwell, near Chelmsford on the A1060, writes Lo Kent.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Farmers aren't happy about plans to reintroduce lynxes in the UK.

Plans to reintroduce the lynx to East Anglian woodland could be “catastrophic” for parts of the farming industry, farmers have warned.

Monday, May 11, 2015
Sue Holdich of Stowmarket, left, receives the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Association (WLSBA)’s Ruth Pedley Memorial Trophy from her granddaughter Charlotte Pedley

A sheep breeder who exports to three countries and has been breeding sheep for 32 years has scooped a major sector award.

Monday, May 11, 2015
A survey of farmers finds lack of confidence in subsidy administration

Agricultural industry leaders have complained of a “worryingly widespread” lack of forms, information and confidence over this year’s farm subsidy regime following a survey of farmers.

Farming features

Thu, 07:00

Organisers of the Devon County Show are putting the final touches to the county’s largest annual event, which opens today (Thursday) and runs until May 23 at Westpoint, Exeter.

George Harris, mike Warner, Bill baker and nick watts of The Suffolk Show with Amy  griffiths elite cyclist. At the launch of The Suffolk Show Cycle Park  ( not in order)

Four farmers got on their bikes to launch a Suffolk Show initiative aimed at encouraging more people to cycle.

An infestation of cabbage stem flea beetle larvae on an oilseed rape crop in East Anglia

The European Union (EU) imposed a restriction on neonicotinoid seed treatments in December 2013, but the row over whether the ban was justified rages on.

Gill King of Halesworth weaving the willow borders for her Compass Garden, which will feature at the Suffolk Show

A teenager has provided the inspiration for landscape gardener Gill King’s design for her model show garden at this year’s Suffolk Show.(May 27 & 28)

A chef from the Suffolk Food Hall give a hands-on demonstration of how to make barbecue food for children as part of the CLA’s Foodie Showcase at The Suffolk Show in 2014.

The CLA is giving some of the county’s best local food and drink producers the opportunity to showcase their talents at this month’s Suffolk Show, as part of a drive to get more people to support local businesses, writes Martin Betts of CLA East.

Pulled Pork campaign

A new campaign has been launched to drive more value for British pig producers – by using a slow-cooked favourite to renew the consumers’ appetite for shoulder joints.

Christine Tacon, groceries code adjudicator, the national regulator for supermarkets and the way they deal with suppliers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The nation’s supermarket watchdog says suppliers can protect themselves from unfair practices by learning more about how to apply the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

A scene from Cereals 2014 at Duxford

A wealth of new science and agronomy will be on show at Cereals 2015, offering visitors an opportunity to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the arable sector.

The Galloping Acrobatics display team will feature at the 2015  Framlingham County Show.

Organisers of the 2015 Framlingham Country Show, which takes place next weekend, are promising a mix of new and familiar features.

Barn Owl. Picutre: NEIL CALBRADE/British Trust for Ornithology

The number of malnourished dead barn owls discovered on the ground during the cold spring of 2013 brought alarming predictions that the bird’s population was in crisis.

Norfolk Brewhouse team

County growers, maltsters and brewers are teaming up to create a truly Norfolk ale to celebrate Norwich City of Ale 2015.

The 2014 Spring Fling, held at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Ava Goffart, 6, meets an alpaca. Picture: Denise Bradley

For thousands of children, it will be a day with all the ingredients for some Easter holiday fun – and a chance to learn about the bounty of food and drink produced by their home county.

Eldon Farm in Holywell Row is launching its new cattle market next week. Fabian Eagle (left) and Brian Rutterford are pictured.

A regular cattle market is set to return to Suffolk for the first time since the 1990s.

The HGCA team: Front left HGCA Chairman Jonathan Tipples, front right HGCA Director Rebecca Geraghty

The UK’s cereals and oilseeds levy-payers’ group is set for a re-brand as it celebrates its 50th year.

Dr Tony Wilson, who is organising a Soil, Water and Precision Day at Otley

Suffolk is set to host a major new farming event organised by Easton and Otley College and the Felix Cobbold Trust.

Jenny Wheadon with the mountain of food from Centaur.

Helen Lacey, of Red Berry Recruitment, teamed up with her staff to make the sizeable donation.

The Sentry 2015 conference at the Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. L-R: Ian Pigott (conference chairman), Michael Eavis (Glastonbury Founder), Tom Chapman (Heath Chapman Associates), Lawrence Hene (Ocado), Caroline Drummond (LEAF) and Blake Vince (Canadian farmer).

Sentry’s annual regional farming conference, which took place at Rowley Mile, Newmarket, on Wednesday, ended on a high with arguably the greatest farm diversification of them all – the Glastonbury Festival. SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

Try a Taste of Game at Aldi

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
A Taste of Game recipe will accompany the oven-ready pheasant

Taste of Game has teamed up with DB Foods and supermarket Aldi to stock oven-ready pheasants under the Brookfield Game brand

015 Claydon Drills

The UK’s largest farm machinery show next week is set to include some cutting-edge technology from Suffolk.

Land at Line Tree Farm, Blaxhall.

Farmland values in and around Suffolk continued to climb during 2014, as unmet demand resulting from relatively low volumes of land coming to the market offset any impact of lower commodity prices on farming incomes.

Sarah Chambers

Sarah Chambers

Agriculture correspondent

Email | 01473 324827

Farming is a major industry in East Anglia, with agricultural issues impacting on the lives of residents right across the region.

Agricultural correspondent Sarah Chambers is here to highlight rural campaigns, food issues and farming updates.

If you have a farming or food-related story, email Sarah or call the farming desk on 01473 324827.

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