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A celebration of a farming county More than 35 businesses are represented in the farm machinery area.

Organisers say that the final touches are being made to the 2017 Suffolk Show, the annual two-day event that celebrates farming, food and the countryside in Suffolk. The event brings farmers and visitors together to explore the very best the county has to offer.

For agricultural businesses, the show provides the chance to network, see the latest developments in farm technology and educate others on their varied and fascinating industry and its importance to the Suffolk economy. This year, visitors will be able to enjoy a display of vintage tractors and look over some more modern tractors and farm machinery, while children will be able to test their skills on the mini tractors. The farm machinery area, which is sponsored by Stourgarden, will

host more than 35 businesses including Ernest Doe & Sons, Thurlow Nunn Standen and P Tuckwell. The show also provides a “fantastic” opportunity for members of the public to come close to a range of livestock, including native and rare breeds,

as well as to meet the farmers. The Suffolk Show tends to be a family affair, with everyone becoming involved. Many young farmers enjoy the ability to join in the displays, enter a range of competitions and share their experiences with show-goers.

Suffolk Show FACTS Where: When: Time:

Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 8UH 31st May and 1st June Gates open 07.00. Last entry 17.30. Trade stands open 08.30— 18.00 Tickets: Adult £27. Over 60s £24. 15-17-year-olds £11. Under 15s free. £5 discount for advance tickets (until midnight 30th May)

Efficiency and profitability focus at Suffolk Show Traditionally the Suffolk Show always provides Anglia Quality Meat Association (AQM) with a great opportunity to return the hospitality that its producers provide throughout the year, says the company. However, in addition to providing hospitality at the Show, the company says that it is always keen to talk to new customers about the services AQM can offer and how this can help businesses;

this year AQM is pleased to be able to announce that it will be focusing on several areas which can help a farm enterprise run more efficiently and, hopefully, with more profitability. The areas of focus will be: Utilising technology in farm management. This will include personnel from Shearwell Data showcasing the benefits of weighing and recording of stock, while being

able to provide analysis of animal performance. AQM is also delighted to welcome on its stand a representative from Moocall who will be happy to assist with questions and provide insights in to the benefits of its sensors and how they can help save time, money and lives. The last area of focus will be on water quality. AQM has developed a

water system that has been used in the poultry industry for several years and has now been developed for use with other livestock. The product is safe for human consumption, non-corrosive and can be used with all water-based medication, in the meantime offering performance benefits to farmers’ stock. Anglia Quality Meat Association will be on stand White 627 at the Suffolk Show. ■

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