The phasing of direct payments means there will be a special focus on efficiency and the need for profitability at this month’s Midlands Machinery Show.
Due to take place on 9-10 November at the Newark Showground, the event will give visitors an insight into the latest equipment and advice to help their farm businesses adapt and thrive, says organiser Elizabeth Halsall.
“Featuring 100s of exhibitors including national manufacturers, distributors and regional dealers, live demonstrations and a packed seminar programme, there will be something for everyone, from the smallest producer to the largest arable contractor.”
New this year will be a green power demonstration, featuring the latest electric tractors and telehandlers from the likes of Kramer and Manitou, as well as large machinery and groundcare demonstrations.
Red diesel changes
Changes to red diesel regulations, new machinery grants and how to work successfully with your contractor are just some of the topics being covered in a seminar with the National Association of Agricultural Contractors.
Such discussions are particularly relevant as over 90% of farmers
use contractors, says the association’s Jill Hewitt. “With the decline of subsidies, I think more farmers are going
to be looking to contractors rather
than investing in machinery themselves.”
Other topics featuring in the seminar programme include how to optimise machinery sharing with the Lincolnshire Machinery Ring, succession planning with Wilkin Chapman solicitors and rainwater harvesting with JRH Water Management.
There will also be a focus on the environment, with a range of technical topics from carbon audits to steps towards net zero. Farmers and growers are brilliantly placed to benefit from the transition,” says Bruno Gardner, managing director of NFU Enzero.
However, climate change does bring challenges – and increasingly uncertain weather patterns have directed arable farmers’ attention to optimising grain quality post-harvest to maximise returns.
Exhibits will include new technology to improve the efficiency and throughput of grain cooling and drying. The benefits of storing grain correctly cannot be ignored any longer,” says Richard Flach, of specialists Flach and le-Roy.
Supporting the next generation of agricultural engineers is vital. The Midlands Agricultural Engineering Apprenticeship Award is back for its fifth year – championing upcoming talent in the sector.
“The award aims to support young people from diverse backgrounds and skill-sets to develop the abilities they need to embark on successful agricultural careers,” says Simon Eccleston, of the Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society.
Visiting the show
When: Tue 9 – Wed 10 November 2021
8am – 5pm (Tue) and 8am – 4pm (Wed)
Where: Newark Showground, Lincoln Rd, Newark, NG24 2NY
Parking: Free ample parking, coach parties welcome
• 1000s of like-minded professionals
• Meet up to 300 UK exhibitors
• Ride and drive 4x4s and pickups
• Source latest products and services
• Expert advice: From land management, crop- growing and animal husbandry to caring for the environment, our industry experts will be on-hand to give information and advice.
Addressing some of the biggest issues and challenges of the day. Our seminar themes this year include diversification, planning, mental health, recycling waste and product innovation.
Tickets for the Midlands Machinery Show are now available. Entry is free but advanced registration is essential. Information and tickets from www.midlandsmachineryshow.com.