Good yield, but some fears about low prices

Ryedale Show 2014..NFU ..Lucinda Douglas.Pic Richard Ponter 143108u

Ryedale Show 2014..NFU ..Lucinda Douglas.Pic Richard Ponter 143108u

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The good weather has brought out the combine harvesters into farmers’ fields - but their optimism about a decent yield is mixed with apprehension about low prices.

Geoffrey Talbot of the NFU said at the show it looked as if the harvest will go well.

The combines in Pickering and other places in Ryedale were out two weeks earlier than normal.

But the market had reacted to the fact that everything was looking good and most of the cereals and oilseeds were half the value they were several months ago.

Lucinda Douglas, the NFU’s county adviser based in York, said that if the weather stayed good then farmers would not have to spend money drying the crops and there would be good conditions to establish next year’s harvest.

But barley was trading at around £100 a tonne which was below the cost of production and the prices being received last year were significantly higher.

Others in the agricultural sector hope that farmers will still be able to invest in a wide range of goods - such as machinery.

Malting and feed barley were yielding well and there was an abundance of straw for the livestock sector.

Karl Ridsdale of long-established agricultural engineers Hardwick, based at Brompton by Sawdon, said the last few years had been “pretty good” but with lower grain prices there was some apprehension and it would be interesting to see what capital was there for farmers to invest.

Investment was needed to be able to move forward and the firm itself was investing in new buildings as part of a plan to look forward for the next 20 to 30 years.

lGet a dog for a healthy lifestyle!

That was the message from Ryedale Canine Society which organised the popular dog section at the show.

Secretary Carol Welch said:”We believe it’s a great way to stay fit and healthy because a dog encourages you to walk even if you don’t want to.We educate people how to breed good dogs. Most of the people exhibiting at Ryedale do it for a hobby.”

The society stages shows in April and November each year, as well as running the Ryedale show’s dog section. “Keeping a dig is therapeutic both mentally and physically,”said Carol. “And they give unconditional love. we find that more and more people are keeping dogs in Ryedale. there are great waking areas in the district and it’s a good way of making friends when you’re out walking.”

Competition was keen in all classes. With the gun dog section being especially popular when some of the finest dogs in Yorkshire and beyond competed for the array of silverware.

lThose wishing to find out how to set up and fund a community project were able to seek advice at the show.

Rural Action Yorkshire and the Coast and Vale Community Action, which embraced the former Ryedale Voluntary Action based in Malton, shared a stand with the Howardian 
Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Howsham Mill Renewable Heritage 

As children played with a mechanism to make themselves a free badge, Maggie Farey of Rural Action Yorkshire, explained how they could 
help people develop a parish plan for example or a village allotment and she would then send them to Sarah Lalley-Marley, who was also present on the stand, who would be able to explain how Coast and Vale Community 
Action might be able to help them sort out some funding.

Next to that stand was the one belonging to the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Ranger Simon Bassindale was busy dishing out leaflets of the many activities people could enjoy on the moor.

“We are letting people know what is going on with events and places to go,” he said.

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