Open Farm Sunday

Celebrating Farming and Food

Open Farm Sunday 2015, was a huge success with hundreds of farms across the country opened their gates welcoming 250,000 visitors.

This year’s date is 5th June 2016 and across the south west you can visit farms including:

Visit a Farm

On the Open Farm Sunday website you can search for a farm near you which is taking part.  Choose from farms offering hosted tours, or Meet the Animal experiences.  Perhaps you’d prefer a self-guided walk and to buy some farm-fresh produce.  Search for your local participating farm, and see what they have to offer.

There will also be a Photography Competition – submissions are judged by experienced industry professionals, and first prize is £100 Asda gift card.

Open My Farm

Visit the website for Open Farm Sunday to find out how you can take part as a farmer.  Feedback each year shows that Open Farm Sunday has a real, positive impact raising the profile of the industry and bringing communities together.

Keep up to date with our Open Farm Sunday news by signing up to our newsletter here.

Open Farm Sunday is managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), for more about their work go to

Great British Beef Week

Great British Beef Week

Get ready for the Great British Beef Week!  This annual event usually takes place around the 23rd of April – which just also happens to be St George’s Day.

What could be more British and a Sunday joint of roast beef with all the trimmings?  It could be argued that the humble sandwich is just as quintessentially British, and on a Monday morning if you were to tuck tasty morsels of beef left over from the Sunday Roast, between two slabs of crusty bread, that would be a reasonable contender for the title!

The key focus of the GBBW campaign this year, is how to get more from your meat by celebrating the humble sandwich – and in doing so, the campaign also hopes to raise awareness of the quality and versatility of assured British beef and give the industry a much-needed boost.

rabi_logoOrganised by Ladies in Beef, Great British Beef Week puts the spotlight firmly on the fantastic food that British beef farmers produce. In addition, it raises vital funds for those in need in the farming industry by partnering with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.).

red_tractor_smallLadies in Beef support the Red Tractor

The Red Tractor is an independent mark of quality that guarantees the food we’re buying comes from farms and food companies that meet high standards of food safety and hygiene, animal welfare and environmental protection.


Get More From Your Meat

There’s more info about Great British Beef Week in the article about beefy bikers and their 300 mile charity cycle.

Also check out the Ladies in Beef website which will have lots of info very shortly.

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With Lely Finance, Truro Tractors is making it easier for you to invest in the farm machinery you need now, to support future growth.

Take advantage of 0% finance and a pay-back period of up to three years on products across the Lely forage harvesting range including equipment for:

  • mowing
  • tedding
  • raking
  • loading
  • baling
  • wrapping
  • chopping

Alternatively, you can choose to go “off scheme” with a tailored repayment profile to suit your particular cash flow and business requirements.

Offer ends soon

These finance offers must end on the 31st of May 2016.  Call Lely on 01480 476601, or contact your local branch of Truro Tractors for more information.

Chacewater 01209 821 444 *** Wadebridge 01208 815 815 *** Treburley 01579 371 133

Free Farm Advice & Coffee Mornings

Free coffee and advice for farmers in the south-west.

Coffee morning initiative launched to support farming community

Cornish Mutual has launched a new coffee morning initiative as part of a year-long commitment to support rural charity the Farming Community Network (FCN).

The first three of theses events will be held in the week beginning Monday the 18th of April, and will focus on sharing hints and tips on how to make farm business administration easier, and less time consuming.

The coffee mornings are free to attend with participants encouraged to donate to the FCN through a tea and cake stall and a raffle.  Cornish Mutual have pledged to match all funds raised up to £100.

The pressures of farm administration was a specific area of concern that was raised by farmers who attended Cornish Mutual’s health and safety events last year.


Alan Goddard, Managing Director for Cornish Mutual said: “The FCN is a very important charity which addresses issues which are often not discussed openly in the farming community. People can face a variety of pressures when running a farm, be it financial or personal, it can be a very stressful lifestyle, especially at the moment when we know farmers across the Westcountry are finding it hard.

“The FCN offers practical help and advice to farmers and their families in times of need enabling them to talk through problems and where possible  find solutions. The coffee morning initiative is a great way to raise funds for the FCN and bring people together. We also know that the free advice will be very welcome.”

The first three coffee mornings will take place on:

Mlobbsonday 18 AprilLobbs Farm Shop, Heligan, St Austell. Speakers include Canon Chris Batt, speaking on behalf of the FCN, and Peter Green, accountant and farmer, who will talk about ways to improve how you work on and in your farm business.

ullcaombeWednesday 20 April
Ullacombe Farm Shop and Café, Bovey Tracey. Speakers include Stephen Dennis, speaking on behalf of the FCN, and a talk about how to handle your book-keeping so it benefits your farm business.


dartsWednesday 27 AprilDarts Farm, Exeter. Speakers include Joanne Jones, speaking on behalf of the FCN, and a talk about how to handle your book-keeping so it benefits your farm business.


To book a place call Cornish Mutual on 01872 246440
or email

Entry is free, donations are welcomed for the raffle.