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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.




FREE Dairy Taster Day

Venue: Blackmore Farm

Blackmore Farm Blackmore Ln Cannington, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2NE

Interested in a career in or connected to agriculture? At Secondary School in Somerset? Then this is the day for you! On Wednesday 24th September we are hosting a free day packed with industry professionals to tell you more about their work and businesses. We will be covering topics as diverse as soil management, animal feed to animal husbandry and dairy farm management and includes a tour of the dairy farm as well as careers and course advice and information. The day is for all secondary school students in Somerset. ONLY 20 spaces available so please prebook your space. All attendees to meeting in the Blackmore Farm car park at 9:45 am. Blackmore Farm is near Cannington. A local food lunch will be provided. Ends - 2:45 Activities: A tour of the farm, animal feed and nutrition, soil analysis and agronomy, farm diversification and selling direct to the public.   For parental permission slip and booking form Click here


Dairy Show

Venue: Royal Bath and West Showground

The Royal Bath & West of England Society, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN

This one day event has become one of the most important dates in the dairy farmer's calendar, combining a comprehensive trade show with an exhibition of top quality dairy cattle. The show attracts over 300 tradestands from across the country and beyond and with over 250 cattle this show is the place to be seen and visit. The show as ever continues to provide the dairy farmer or farm manager with a complete "one stop shop" event at which to meet the milk buyers, feed suppliers, AI companies and consultants, plus it showcases an extensive display of agricultural machinery and equipment. Many of the farmers and businesses also hail the event as an excellent and profitable networking opportunity. Throughout the day the theatre also hosts an array of topical seminars.


Frome Agricultural and Cheese Show

Venue: Frome Agricultural and Cheese Show , West Woodlands Showground

Frome Agricultural and Cheese Show West Woodlands Showground Frome Somerset BA11 5ES

There is so much to see and do at Frome Agricultural & Cheese Show. OVER 350 TRADE STANDS A non stop shopping experience from a range of unique gifts and products from national and local suppliers. VILLAGE GREEN ENTERTAINMENT Entertainment throughout the day from TV & film stuntman, JUSTIN PEARSON and the spectacular Knights of the Damned jousting display team, Titan the Robot the intergalactic superstar who performs an array of comedy sketches and routines, Black Rock Llama Display, Cyril the Squirrel, Wylye Valley Pony Club and the much loved Beagles. COUNTRYSIDE PURSUITS AREA A new attraction introduced at the 2010 Show which incorporates a lake where visitors can watch gun dogs in action, fly fishing, country craft demonstrations and much more. RANGEMASTER KITCHEN THEATRE Celebrity chef demostrating various reciepes using local ingrediants situated in the cheese pavilion. LIVESTOCK VILLAGE Come and see all the different breeds of Cattle, Sheep, Goat & Pygmy Goat. See the Grand Parade at 3pm in the Main Ring. HANDICRAFT, HOMECRAFT AND HORTICULTURE MARQUEE Come and see a spectacular display of exhibits ranging from knitted garments to homemade cakes, flowers to miniature gardens. MAIN RING Entertainment through out the day including BSJA Show Jumping, Beagles & Fox Hounds, Shetland Performance Display Team, Grand Parade and much more. DOG AGILITY RING Spectacular displays from 'Trick n Treat' for the public to watch and see various  competitions and demostrations. FODDER & GRAIN MARQUEE Come and see the many exhibits from local farmers and learn fantastic facts about how crops can be used to produce our food. POULTRY & EGG MARQUEE A marquee packed full of different breeds of birds and many egg exhibits. ANIMAL NURSERY This is a family favourite with lots of animals to see including many different reptiles. FUNFAIR Rides for all ages. RURAL CRAFT & SHOPPING HALL Over 50 trade stands on display selling products ranging from jewellery to childrens games. A shoppers dream! CHEESE PAVILION Extended at the 2010 show, this pavilion showcases the finest dairy produce in the country. There is a fantastic range of trade stands and organic cheese making demostrations for visitors to enjoy. FINE & LOCAL FOOD HALLS Over 40 trade stands selling the finest food to try and buy


Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show

Venue: Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show -Turnpike Showground,

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show Turnpike Showground, Motcombe, North Dorset SP7 9PL

From the very start, the sun shone, the visitors were flocking in from opening time, the free bus services were overwhelmed and everything was set for a fantastic day. Entries in the livestock sections were all above expectations; the trade stand area was fully booked with over 500 exhibitors, with a full day of entertainment in four rings. The 2013 Show was probably one of the best ever, the near record number of visitors had so much to see, from the amazing stunts of the Bolddog Lings Motorcycle Stunt Team, the high flying birds of prey, to the steady plod of the heavy horse turnouts with their gleaming brass and that was just some of what happened in just one ring! The NFU Roadshow with Johnny Ball, the tremendous array of entries in the Horticultural & Home-handicraft marquee,  the marquees full of craft and gift stalls, the Food Hall and Farmers Market with so much fresh and tasty food, there was so much packed into one showfield to ensure that visitors were well e


Dunster Show

Venue: Dunster Castle Lawns

Dunster Castle lawns, Dunster, West Somerset, Somerset

Dunster Show provides a unique opportunity to see the best of Somerset farming and livestock. It also has some of the best entertainment in West Somerset and is a fun filled day out for all the family. Dunster Show is the premier Agricultural show in West Somerset and one of the major shows in the West of England. The show takes place at Dunster Castle Lawns with a beautiful setting with Dunster castle perched on a hill. For more details visit the website at: 


Honiton Show

Venue: Honiton Showground

Honiton Showground Stockers Farm Gittisham Honiton Devon EX14 3AW

The Honiton & District Agricultural Association – “Where Farming Comes First” The show is annually held on the first Thursday in August and has grown to be one of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country.  The show is held in the heart of the East Devon Countryside on a 140 acre site which was purchased by the Honiton & District Agricultural Association in 2003.  The show has a unique atmosphere blending traditional and new where its emphasis is agriculture and its associated activities first and foremost.  It is a showcase for the best of local farming, produce, crafts and rural skills. The Association has a membership of over 500, is a company limited by guarantee and is a registered charity, which makes donations yearly to a wide range of local, agricultural and educational causes.  The aim of the Association is to promote agriculture and related industries, specifically by the staging of its annual show.  Each year an official charity is nominated by the elected President in office and is given the opportunity to raise funds during the show.  The Association supports successful Farms Competitions with classes running throughout the year ranging from barley to silage. The show is delighted to host the West of England Hound Show, the second largest in the Country, attracting packs from all over the British Isles. Honiton attracts more than 20,000 visitors, over 1,000 livestock entries and in excess of 400 trade exhibitors making it one of the largest business and social events in East Devon. For more details visit the website


Mid-Somerset Show

Venue: Shepton Mallet Showground

Shepton Mallet Showground Cannard's Grave Road Shepton Mallet BA4 5RT

Shepton Show (Mid-Somerset Show) is reputed to be Europe’s largest free  one-day show. Each of our two show rings will run a full programme of events throughout the day. Showing classes include cattle, sheep, pigs, dogs, showjumping, and many more.

The mid Somerset Show is also home to the South west cheese awards- follow link for more details. 

There are full range of trade stands, exhibits and entertainments for all the family.


Big Bang Fair South West

Venue: University of Exeter

Exeter University Exeter Devon EX4

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The Big Bang Fair South West will bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) alive for students, putting their classroom learning in context and taking them on a journey to discover the STEM careers available to them. Featuring explosive theatre shows and engaging, immersive activities, the Fair is more than just a great day out; it’s an opportunity to meet some of the South West’s leading scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, and to discover how school subjects can lead to fantastic, rewarding careers. The Big Bang Fair South West is about inspiring young people from all backgrounds to study science, technology, engineering and maths. The event will be host to many inspirational scientists and engineers who are there to enthuse the engineers and scientists of the future. There are careers workshops to visit and local and national companies on-hand to give insight into future careers, both nearby and beyond. To see a list of the organisations, companies and activity providers who will be at the Fair, click on the "activities" link at the top of the page. Inspire, invigorate and get excited with the Big Bang Fair South West:

  •  Showcase your school and students’ best STEM projects through the National Science + Engineering Competition (NSEC).
  •  Enter lots of other exciting competitions with prizes worth over £250
  • Experience the mind blowing physics Mega Class from the National Space Centre.
  • Be inspired and entertained with a series of Science Slams.
  •  Meet some of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous creatures with Simon Watt.
  • Inspire those not yet engaged in STEM.
  •  Over 80 exciting interactive activity stands in the huge exhibition hall.
Register to attend the Fair today and help us celebrate the achievements of students and the essential contribution of the parents, teachers and guardians who help put their great efforts together. For more information about the event sponsors or to find out how your company could get involved, click on the sponsors tab at the top of the page.


Livestock Event 2014

Venue: NEC Birmingham

The NEC Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1NT

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Held in the first week of July each year, the Livestock Event is the leading B2B event for the UK livestock industry.Principally sponsored by Barclays, we host both cattle and trade exhibitors within a 64,000sqm event area alongside working machinery demonstrations, 4 seminar areas, foot trimming demonstrations, National Dairy & Beef Shows and the National Lleyn Competition.The event attracts more than 460 exhibitors covering 11 unique product zones. Exhibitors are on hand during the two-day event to demonstrate all-new equipment, products and services to over 16,000 UK and International livestock farmers.


Organic Open Day Event

Venue: Hunstile Organic Farm, Goathurst, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DQ

Hunstile Organic Farm, Goathurst, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DQ

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The Rijk Zwaan UK organic open day is now an annual fixture in the growers calendar. This year, the Soil Association are delighted to have teamed up with Rijk Zwaan to introduce a programme of inspiring technical seminars which will compliment these open days. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lizzie, John and the rest of the team at Hunstile Organic Farm for hosting this event. As well as the opportunity to see the extensive range of Rijk Zwaan varieties grown under organic cultivation, you will also be able to hear from a variety of industry leaders and experts. This year, this free event will take place from 8am - 5.30pm on Wednesday 17 September and 9am - 3pm on Thursday 18 September 2014. We will be adding a more detailed agenda to the website shortly. On Wednesday 17 September (only), we will host seminars on the following topics:

  • Making your own peat-free propagation compost
  • Technical update on organic seed production
  • A growers perspective – UK and International
  • Latest organic market report, figures and trends
  • Routes to market and opportunities
  • Understanding social media and how to use it to market your business
  • Scheduled guided tours of the trial site with Rijk Zwaan technical team on-hand to answer your questions. The trial site will be open throughout the day for casual tours also.
  • Opportunity to visit trade stands and speak to exhibitors.
  • A delicious organic lunch* and refreshments
On Thursday 18 September, although we are not hosting any technical seminars - the Rijk Zwaan trial site will be open for tours. This will include:
  • Tours of the trial site with input from the Rijk Zwaan technical team
  • Opportunity to visit trade stands and speak to exhibitors
  • A delicious organic lunch and refreshments*
  • Lunch* and refreshments
Complimentary organic refreshments will be provided on both days. On Thursday 17 September, a complimentary breakfast roll will also be available for the 'early birds' from 8.00 to 9.00am. *A delicious lunch will be provided on both days using organic produce from the farm. A small contribution of £5 is politely requested towards covering the cost of your lunch. This can simply be paid at lunchtime on the day. Please confirm if you have any special dietary requirements  via the online booking form.