I was lucky enough to attend The LAMMA (Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association) show, the UK’s premier agricultural machinery and Technology show, last week at the NEC in Birmingham.
The inclement weather probably helped swell the numbers with 40,000 people expected over the 2 days and over 600 of the UK’s top exhibitors. It would be fair to say the majority of attendees would be key business decision makers. There was plenty to see throughout the many halls at the NEC with all farming sectors covered, however arable equipment and sprayers clearly dominated with grassland and livestock equipment manufacturers out in force too.
I had long conversations with Business and Professional members, Berrys and Brown & Co who had prominent stands on the main thoroughfares where they were reporting good levels of business. They were interested in making the most of their CLA membership and were very interested in the CLA Women’s Network. Other exhibitors of note were the Woodland Trust and Defra who were out in force.
A number of speakers were on throughout the day discussing a variety of topics ranging from biodiversity net gain to carbon farming to rural crime. One of the main priority subjects for this year was mental health awareness within farming which I think everyone is much more aware of thanks to campaigns like Yellow Wellies Mind your Head (13th – 17th February 2023).
A worthwhile and interesting visit for both the CLA and from my own point of view as a working farmer. A high value event drawing large numbers of people from all over the country and oversees reminds one of how important Agriculture is to the future of the UK and to me personally.