For Farmers

Agriculture is at the heart of the Great Yorkshire Show and supporting and celebrating farming is an integral part of what we do.

From expert talks to discount tickets, national competitions and displays of top-of-the-range equipment, the Great Yorkshire Show covers all faces of farming life.

There are a range of free events to enjoy over the course of the show, many of which are hosted by YAS Farming Networks , there really is something for everyone (see below for full event listings).

There’s also top quality livestock in competition and the Grand Cattle Parade in the Main Ring on Wednesday and Friday is a sight not to be missed.

Over at the machinery lines, there’s the latest in agricultural technology from tractors to combines and every farming implement in between.

Get your BASIS and DairyPro points here

If you are a member of the BASIS or DairyPro professional registers you can collect CPD points for attending the show and talks hosted by our Networks.

BASIS CPD points

Anyone registered on the BASIS professional register can claim 2 points a day for attending the Great Yorkshire Show.

Visit the information desk in the Foyer of Hall 1 to register to receive the points.

DairyPro CPD points

Anyone registered on the DairyPro professional register can claim 2 points overall for attending the Great Yorkshire Show.

Visit the information desk in the Foyer of Hall 1 to register to receive the points.

Event Timetable

All of these events are free to attend, however, you must have a valid entry ticket to the Great Yorkshire Show to gain admission to the showground.

Tuesday 12 July

8am for 8.30am – Prince’s Countryside Fund Breakfast (NFU/NFU Mutual stand 486)

For invited Farm Support Group members UK wide.


8am – 9.30am – CLA President’s Breakfast – CLA Stand – Stand 191

CLA President’s Breakfast for members, hosted by the CLA’s President, Mark Tufnell, generously sponsored by Savills. Speakers include Mark as well as Molly Biddell from Savills’ research team who will speak on the topic of ‘sustainability in the rural sector’. This is open to members and non-members. Register for your place here

On the same day, the CLA will host a focus group with Tim Rycroft, AHDB CEO at the stand after lunch (2pm). Members interested in attending this small group event can contact Olivia Skeoch by telephoning 01748 90 7070.


8.15am – 10am – AHDB Breakfast Meeting – GYS Stage (near Grey Gate)

Join the AHDB team and guests for breakfast to discuss how your levy will be spent. Find out what the AHDB are doing to defend and promote the reputation of our industry at home and abroad.

Panellists include Tim Rycroft AHDB CEO, Charlie Beaty Livestock Farmer and Farmers Weekly Columnist, Dr Phil Hadley, AHDB International Markets Director and Phil Halhead Ag Advocate, Livestock Farmer & Director Norbreck Genetics Ltd.

Clare Wise Chapman, Sheep Farmer of the year 2018 and farming innovation enthusiast will be our host and captain.

To register your place, book here

8.15am – 10am – Breakfast with George Dunn

Ten Future Farmers are invited to have breakfast with George Dunn (Chief Executive of the Tenant Farmers Association), to hear how policy changes are affecting the tenanted sector. George is also keen to hear issues facing our Future Farmer tenants.

To express an interest in attending, please email


3.30pm onwards – CLA Drinks Reception – CLA Stand – Stand 191

In the late afternoon on the Tuesday, the CLA, along with Savills and CLA Insurance will also be hosting a drinks reception. No registration required and members and potential members are welcome to this event.


4pm – Yorkshire Women in Farming Network members afternoon tea and discussion with NFU President, Minette Batters (NFU/NFU Mutual stand 486)

An opportunity offered in recognition for contributions made by members over the past year (invitation only).


5pm – 6pm – Pimms Reception with NFU President Minette Batters (NFU/NFU Mutual stand 486)

No registration required. NFU members and potential members are welcome to this event.

Wednesday 13 July

8.15am-10am Future Farmers Breakfast Meeting – GYS Stage (near Grey Gate)

This is a firm fixture in the GYS diary for all Future Farmers. After coffee and bacon rolls, the topic for debate this year is: Farming & Food Insecurity

Panelists include Tom Bradshaw NFU Deputy President and Sophie Throup Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing for Wm Morrisons.

To register your place book here

11am – 1pm CLA Women’s Network Event / Drop-in to meet CLA Deputy President Victoria Vyvyan – CLA Stand – Stand 191

CLA Deputy President Victoria Vyvyan will be meeting members all day, and to take part in a CLA Women’s Network event featuring ‘Boots and Heels’ pair Becca Wilson and Lizzie McLaughlin, where there will be a best dressed in boots and heels competition running from 11am to 1pm and a prize giving for the winner in the afternoon. Open to all.

3.30pm-4.30pm Future Farmers / Nuffield Reception – CLA Stand – Stand 191

Come along for Pimms, tea and scones and find out more about the Nuffield Farming Scholarship, understand the application process and catch up over a drink with scholars. Recent Nuffield scholars (and Future Farmers) Miles Middleton and David Throup will share their experiences and the life changing opportunities a Nuffield Farming Scholarship can bring.

To register please email

5pm-6pm Future Farmers / Carter Jonas Reception – Carter Jonas Stand – Stand 192

An opportunity to come together for drinks and canapés at the end of a busy day at the Show. All welcome, especially Future Farmers who are attending as stewards, exhibitors and all those just having a great day out! No rsvp required – just turn up!

Thursday 14 July

8.15am – 9am – Defra Q&A Session – GYS Stage (near Grey Gate)

Join Janet Hughes, Director of the future farming and countryside programme in Defra, for a Q&A Session with a focus on the new SFI Scheme.

To register your free place, book here

9am – 10.30am Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network  ‘Let’s celebrate! Yorkshire’s thriving rural businesses’ Seminar – GYS Stage (near Grey Gate)

Hosted by the Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network, the seminar aims to inspire rural and farming businesses on how, through resilience and adaptability they have been successful. Visitors will be able to hear first-hand experiences equipping them with key ‘take home tips’ for success from those who have turned their ideas into a reality.

Speakers include:

  • Madge Moore, Chair, Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network
  • Kathryn Bumby, Founder, The Yorkshire Pasta Company
  • Katie Taylor MBE, Drewtons Farm Shop
  • James and Sarah Marton, Glawning Ltd

Light refreshments provided.

To register your place, book here


3.15pm – Fizz & sweet treats for Yorkshire Women in Farming members in the Member’s Area at 3.15pm (Grid Ref J4)

Hosted by Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors LLP on their stand in the Member’s Area

Places limited and pre-booking is essential:

Friday 15 July

9am – 11am – Defra / RPA Drop-in session, Sustainable Farming Incentive – Your Questions Answered! Stand No 261 (Grid ref: E7)

Staff from DEFRA and the RPA will be on hand to answer your questions on the new Sustainable Farming Incentive. We will have information on how to apply including a video showing the application process.

For any questions prior to the drop-in session, please contact:

All Four Days

Farming Help Charities including The Addington Fund, Farming Community Network, Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow wellies) and Forage Aid will be present on all four days of the Show on The Yorkshire & East Riding Young Farmers Clubs stand (Grid Ref E5 stand 181). Please drop in for a cuppa and a chat with any of these organisations at any time. Everyone is welcome! RABI (Grid Ref F5 stand 195) will be in their usual position on the Showground and they will be very pleased to welcome all visitors.

Field Nurse (Grid Ref C7 stand 303) will be available in the sheep area on all four days of the GYS and would be delighted to offer a free health MOT to all farming families and/or farm staff. Please simply drop in and see them in their purpose built colourful trailer. A warm welcome is assured!

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will be available for conversation and information at Grid Ref E7 stand 261.

‘A year in Regenerative Agriculture’ photography exhibition. Visitors will be able to see how regenerative agriculture is shaping farming methods for the future. Located in the Discovery Zone, Grid Ref C4. Read more about this here

Cover Crop Displays Two raised beds, each displaying two variations of cover crops where visitors will be able to see roots structures, a thriving worm community and other invertebrates enjoying their habitat. Located on the Presidents Lawn, Grid Ref I5 and the Discovery Zone, Grid Ref C4

Wildflower Meadow Visit the Discovery Zone to see how wildflowers can create excellent habitats for many species of birds, invertebrates, amphibians, and mammals. They are friends to the bumblebee and insect pollinators who provide vital supplies of pollen and nectar. Located in the Discovery Zone, Grid Ref C4

‘All in a Day’s Work’ Photography Exhibition Visit our Women in Farming Network’s photography exhibition for a powerful profile of modern rural women, told through a collection of stunning black and white images captured by documentary photographer Lucy Saggers. Located behind the Food Hall, Grid Ref D4.