Tag Archives: Herefordshire

Pumpkins – buy local!

We’ve been trying something new this year…growing pumpkins!

The weather has been good and the crop is starting to look promising. We’re selling to local retailers but will have a good number for sale locally in Herefordshire come mid-late October in time for Halloween.

The 3 varieties we’ve got are good for carving and are yummy to eat – and grown locally! Look out for the fliers and signs appearing over the next few weeks.

Scary Pumpkin

It’s nearly time for Kington Show…

You could almost be forgiven for wondering if we had even had a summer this year but the seasons continue to roll on and autumn is drawing nearer.

Our last event of the summer, Kington Show is on 12th September this year. E & J Solutions will once again be there, partnered with Field Options. We are focussing on the importance of good soil in the production of crops and livestock this year after the success of last year’s drive on analysis. We hope to see many of you there for tea and home-made cake!

Herefordshire Hub Rural Business Day 2014

After the success of last year’s event, Herefordshire Rural Hub are organinsing another Rural Business Advice Day on Wednesday 26th November 2014, 12.00noon to 7.30pm at the Three Counties Hotel (Belmont Road, Hereford, HR2 7BP). Entry is FREE – drop in any time between 12noon and 7.30pm

Lots of advice & information for farming and rural businesses, including

  • Specialist software for Farm Businesses
  • Business Management, Planning & Start Up
  • Grants & Funding opportunities
  • Business, Financial & Legal Matters for land based industries
  • Environmental Stewardship Schemes
  • Wildlife & Environmental Advice
  • Training opportunities, including funded training for small businesses
  • Computing / Broadband
  • Computer courses in your area to help your business grow
  • Apprenticeship schemes for land based industries
  • Renewable Energy options for businesses and communities
  • Cross Compliance
  • Cattle & Sheep Identification & Records
  • Farm and Rural Security
  • Mud on the road, and Footpaths issues
  • Advice on Management, Restoration & Grants for Ancient Woodlands
  • Find out how you stand for CAP Greening and Ecological Focus Areas


  • 1.00pm – Going into 2015 – Cross Compliance Update – Farming Advice Service
  • 2.00pm – Renewable Energy Systems & Community Projects – Harrison Clark Rickerbys and Caplor Energy
  • 3.00pm – Update on CAP Reform, Basic Payment Scheme Registration & the CAP Information Service – RPA
  • 4.00pm – Rural Crime Prevention & the “Stop That Thief” Campaign – West Mercia Police and NFU
  • 5.00pm – “Get down & dirty with your soil” – Wye & Usk Foundation and E & J Solutions – Managing Soils & Natural Resources to improve the sustainability & profitability of your farm
  • 6.00pm – How the FSB can help your rural business – Federation of Small Businesses (Herefordshire)

Drop-in clinics

  • Soil Protection Reviews
  • NVZ Records

NRoSO and BASIS points available

The following organisations and businesses who will be attending the RBA day to offer advice and information (in no particular order) :-

Farming Advice Service
Environment Agency
Wyvern Training Services
The Wye & Usk Foundation
Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators (Herefordshire)
Farm Community Network (Herefordshire)
National Farmers Union (Herefordshire)
Cross Compliance Solutions Ltd
Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors
Shearwell Data Ltd
The Hutchinson Partnership
Farmplan Computer Systems
Caplor Energy
West Mercia Police
Federation of Small Businesses (Herefordshire)
Women in Rural Enterprise (Herefordshire WiRE)
Natural England
Catchment Sensitive Farming
Fastershire (Herefordshire Council)
Economic Development Team (Herefordshire Council)
Redundant Buildings Grants (Herefordshire Council)
Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd
Countrywide Training (7Y)
PJE Driver Training & Consultancy Services Ltd
E & J Solutions Ltd
Campaign for the Farmed Environment
Animal Health Trading Standards (Herefordshire Council)
Thorne Widgery
Robin Turney Ltd
Draycott Consulting
Herefordshire & Ludlow College
Growth Accelerator
Country Land & Business Association
The Bulmer Foundation
Positive Environmental
Balfour Beatty – Herefordshire Public Realm Partnership
Energy Solutions Malvern
Woodland Trust (Ancient Woodlands Restoration Project)

For further information, contact: Frances Keogh, Herefordshire Rural Hub Administrator
Email: Hubhereford@hlcollege.ac.uk
Tel: 01432 870024

Maize trials in north Herefordshire

The Wye & Usk Foundation, Field Options Ltd, Cranfield University and E & J Solutions are hosting a maize trials event in north Herefordshire on Thursday 4th December.

The trial aims to compare cost-effective over-winter management options which are of benefit to both the grower and the environment. The event will be an opportunity to see the trial plots including:

  • Undersown Italian Ryegrass – how did it cope with traffic during maize harvest?
  • Rye sown post-harvest – how has it established compared to undersown IRG?
  • Cross slope cultivations – has this stopped run-off downslope?

If you’re interested in coming to the event, please contact Kate Adams on 07766 330959.

Are you Herefordshire’s Grassland Farmer of the Future?

HFYFC are working with the Herefordshire Grassland Society, Herefordshire NFU and the Wye & Usk Foundation to bring you an exciting new competiton!

The competition will be launched with an on-farm event where competitors can see examples of excellent grass utilisation and pick up tips from local advisors who are experts in various aspects of good grassland management.

Competitors will then write a report to show how they would utilise grassland management skills to develop a fictional farm which is struggling to make a profit due to increasing input costs and reducing sales prices.

All prize winners will receive free HGS and NFU membership for a year!

Competition timeline:

  • 11am, 8th November 2014: Farm walk, The Whittern, Almeley, HR3 6LD
  • 24th November 2014: Report submission deadline
  • 9th December 2014: Prize-giving at NFU & HGS county meeting

Entries due by Monday, 3rd November. Call 01432 274 187 or email countyadmin@hfyfc.org.uk to enter.

Leominster Ploughing Match results

The results of the 2013 Leominster Ploughing Match are as follows:

Class 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
World Style E Watkin R George A Davies A Morgan
Highcut R Irvine D Needham D Williams
Vintage Trailor G Harries J Milne J Hodges R Curtis
Hydraulic Vintage E Jones R Ingram R Prosser P Studley
Novice Vintage P Partridge D Chamberlain J Reece
Horses R Smith K Williams R Read
Classic M Childerley H Hoyle A Taylor
Ferguson K Williams M Newman J Hanscomb
Ride on Garden Tractors G Allen S Hitcham N Allen
Walk behind Garden Tractors T Pratt A Pomeroy B Reynolds


Special Awards
A & A Williams Shield G Harries, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
L J Williams Trophy E Jones, Caersws, Montgomeryshire
J Jones Memorial Shield M Childerley, Nottinghamshire
B Kington Trophy G Harries, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Ferguson Cup K Williams, Kings Caple, Herefordshire
Brian Davies Trophy E Jones, Caersws, Montgomeryshire
Best turned-out Tractor & Plough (Roy Jenkins Shield) H Hoyle, Oxfordshire
Best turned-out Horses Kim Williams, Dymock, Gloucestershire
Overall Champion (Vivien Samuels Shield) Evan Watkin, Cefn Coch, Newmills, Montgomeryshire

Leominster Ploughing Society’s Farm & Crop Results 2013

Crop 1st 2nd 3rd
Wheat William Lyke W H Speakman & Son Hyde Brothers
Barley Franks Brothers W H Speakman & Son Marston Court Farm
Oats Corbett Farms Franks Brothers R & K Thomas
Maize William Lyke Marston Court Farms Mark Conod
Potatoes Sparey Farms
Short-term Ley Ayres Brothers BW Speakman & Son William Lyke
Long-term Ley Franks Brothers R & K Thomas Marston Court Farms
Best Suckler Herd Marston Court Farms R & K Thomas BW Speakman & Son
Best Beef Cattle Marston Court Farm BW Speakman & Son R & K Thomas
Best Managed Farm Frank Brothers BW Speakman & Son Marston Court Farms
Best Sheep Flock Frank Brothers Cawley Farms Marston Court Farms
Champion Crop William Lyke (Wheat)
Champion Ley Ayres Brothers
Young Stockman William Speakman

E & J Solutions Ltd were proud to support the Ploughing Society’s competition, providing the judges for the crop and ley competitions.

In other local ploughing society news:
Sunday Luncheon to be held at Docklow Pools on Sunday 27th October – to book contact Anne Williams on 01568 615365.
The Leominster Ploughing Match is to be held at Broad Farm, thanks to the Sparey family on 1st September. Please try to visit the match and support us, even if only for a few hours.