Head north to see agriculture in action

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THE Royal Manx Show may have moved, but there are still occasional opportunities for the public to see agriculture in action in the north.

On Sunday, September 11 there will be two such family days out.

A vintage tractor and machinery working day will be held at Ballacrebbin, Andreas, from midday to 4pm.

Go along and see how farming used to be done, with horse drawn plough demonstrations, vintage tractors and machinery of all ages. There will also be a gun dog display. With refreshments and stalls, this will be a fun day for all the family.

Meanwhile there will be an Open Farm Sunday at Smeale Farm, Bride (on the coast road from Bride to the Lhen) from 11am – 5pm, in conjunction with the Manx Farmers’ Union and I Love Manx campaign.

Attractions will include lambs and sheep, baking demonstrations, apple press and a hog roast. Andrew Johnson from Manx National Heritage will conduct tours of the old traditional farm buildings at 1pm and 3pm.

There will also be a chance to stroll round the seven acres of land devoted to nature conservation.

‘The whole idea is not only to connect people back to where food comes from, but to show all that goes on at the farm,’ explained Steve Martin, who works on the farm with his brother Chris.

Organisers are hoping for a nice day, but if it’s damp just don your wellies and waterproofs.

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