My pledge to undertake a weekly blog has been stumped by the show season and week's holiday on the shores of Loch Tay. So apologies if anyone has been reading my blog and avidly awaiting my next submission (she says in naïve hope!).
The show season which runs pretty much from early May to September is a frenetic time for the journalists and communicators in our industry. I just wanted to give my praise to you all for your (often hidden) contributions in preparing for, encouraging attendance to and, most importantly, providing the news about what's happening in the industry.
The time, commitment and effort that is put in by those involved in reporting, photographing, tweeting, knowledge transfer, comms and PR is tremendous - I know how much personal investment you all make. And if no-one else has said thank-you, then I will and I do.
Over the summer the British Guild has hosted a number of events for Guild members, the first was at the Cereals Event (see pics below of the award winners presented at the event - Tom Allen-Stevens, Peter Hill, Oli Mark, John Eveson and Marcello Garbagnoli) ), the second was at the Royal Highland Show, then the Livestock Event and finally the Royal Welsh Show. At these get-togethers everyone is frazzled by the end of the day, but it is so heart-warming to see the friendship, banter and real passion for our industry at these gatherings.
All these events take organising by people who give their time voluntarily (thanks to Howard Venters, Adrian Bell, Tim Price, Eddie & Marion Gillanders and Liz Snaith), they need the generosity of sponsors (thanks to Bayer CropScience, Limagrain UK, QMS, NFU Mutual, McDonalds, Mackies, First Milk, M&S, Gleadell, Haymarket and the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland).
All of your contributions at these events demonstrate a huge amount of skill, dedication and knowledge - all delivered to make farming a better place to do business.