Dorset farmers staged the latest in the NFU’s series of countryside days to tell MPs, councillors and other key decision makers – including North Dorset MP Simon Hoare and the county's chief constable James Vaughan – about the value of farming to the county and the work farmers do to produce food.
The meeting was held at Down Barn Farm at Tarrant Rawston near Blandford, which is run by Dorset NFU county chairman James Cossins and his family. Mr Cossins said it was a valuable opportunity to talk about the challenges currently facing the industry, including environmental legislation, bovine TB and Brexit.
Guests had a trailer tour of the farm, giving them the chance to learn more about the farm’s livestock and crops. They also toured the on-farm butchery which supplies the farm shop and the Langton Arms, a local pub run by the family using local produce.
Education was also on the agenda, with the NFU’s education manager Josh Payne talking about what farmers can do to help provide educational opportunities for children that are linked to the national curriculum and Farmvention, the NFU’s new competition based around the ‘STEM’ subjects of science, technology engineering and maths.