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Successful Sow and Spread North Event

The Sow and Spread North event held on 25th September at Newton Rigg College in Cumbria was voted a huge success by organisers.

The day which showcased current cultivation techniques and machinery was attended by around 450 farmers and contractors, plus some 350 students, including students from Askham Bryan College at York. The event was a joint initiative between Newton Rigg and Carrs Billington and was held at the college's Sewborwens Farm.

Newton Rigg College lecturer Ian Hoffman, with agriculture students looking at machinery at “Sow and Spread North” held at the college's Sewborwens Farm.

Newton Rigg College lecturer Ian Hoffman, with agriculture students looking at machinery at “Sow and Spread North” held at the college's Sewborwens Farm.

Rae Tomlinson, Managing Director of Carrs Billington said: “It was an extremely successful day, well supported by farmers and it was super to see so many students there too. In particular, the working demonstrations which took place throughout the day, were very popular and re-enforced our decision to feature machines which were totally appropriate to farmers in the area.”

He added: “This is the second year we have worked as partners with Newton Rigg College for this event, and it is a great relationship.”

There were three demonstration plots, each of 15 acres covering: spreading muck and slurry; cultivation techniques and combinations of machines and different methods of seed sowing. This was complimented by stands with a wide range of working machinery for visitors to see.

Wes Johnson, College Principal said he was delighted with the day: “It worked well, both from a point of view of adding to our students' knowledge and as a platform for showcasing an important part of the industry to farmers.”

Jim and Mark Fisher, Penrith farmers, watching the ploughing and cultivation demonstrations.

Jim and Mark Fisher, Penrith farmers, watching the ploughing and cultivation demonstrations.

His words were echoed by 1st year agriculture student, Megan Gibson said: “It was good to see a wide range of machinery. The event was well set out with the tractors and implements working on different types of fields, ie grass or stubble. We’ve just started tractor driving at College so it was useful to see the range of tractors out there.” Megan is studying for her Level 3 Diploma.

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