An Open Day at Drinkstone Farm

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INVITATION TO

An Open Day at Drinkstone Farm, Hawick

Winner of

The Future Farmer of the Year Murray Trust Award 2010/11

Wednesday, July 27, 11 am

An unique opportunity to judge for yourselves why the judges were inspired by Arnold Park. His joined up thinking is put into practice on 1,300 acres rising to more than 1,000ft where annual outputs include: 100 rams, 400 gimmers and 600 commercial lambs, plus embryos and semen worldwide.

The Judges reasons:

· Focusing development of sheep and beef genetics

· Utilising new grass varieties to maximise grass production

· Tapping into the support of SRDP to significantly

· Enhance the farm’s conservation, including management of SSSI

· Increasing outputs while driving down greenhouse gas emissions

· Applying innovation to successfully achieve profitable, sustainable farming

· Feeding the nation without costing the earth

The Programme:

· 11am Arrival & Coffee

· 11.30am Welcome – Michael Williams – organiser the Future Farmer award

· 11.40am Award winner – Arnold Park

· 11.55am Breeding for a better future – Sam Boon, Manager of Signet Breeding Services

· 12.20am Greenhouse Gases – Stuart Ashworth,QMS head of economic services

· 12.45 SRDP & Funding – Moira Gallagher SAC, St Boswells,

· 1.10 Questions

· 1.30 Lunch

· 2.30 Farm Tour

· 4pm Close

The Drinkstone facts in ten years:

· Breed scan weight has increased to 11kg

· EBV increased by 5.5kg above the average

· Highest index Suffolk ram on six occasions in the past ten years – a UK record

· Highest index Texel ram on three occasions in the past five years

· Texelflock in top 1% of breed average

· Three Scottish based flocks among the world’s elite (Texel, Suffolk and Blue Faced Leicester)

RSVP for catering arrangements to joy@fox-pr.co.uk01743 718801

The award winning farming family partnership, Arnold with Dianne and son, John Park

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