CROWD PULLER: Thousands of visitors from farms across the region will flock to the sixth annual Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show next month
CROWD PULLER: Thousands of visitors from farms across the region will flock to the sixth annual Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show next month

THOUSANDS of visitors are expected to flock to see the latest in agricultural machinery next month.

The sixth annual Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) will take place on Wednesday, February 6, at York Auction Centre, at Murton, near York.

Last year’s show attracted 200 trade stands and more than 12,000 visitors and organisers are anticipating another bumper day.

Organiser and founder Richard Tasker said: “Whatever we do it just keeps growing.

“There is an appetite for the show that seems unabated and a feeling among many who have taken stands over the first five years that it could be extended to two days.’

“We will continue monitoring response to the suggestion at this year’s YAMS and we are delighted with the way in which the show has become an integral part of Yorkshire and the North of England’s show scene.”

Mr Tasker added: “For our stand holders it provides an ideal and cost effective way of reaching and meeting more farmers than company representatives could visit in a day and that’s one of the main drivers behind a second day as some have said they cannot get to talk to everyone who comes on to their stand in just one day.”

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Among this year’s line-up are leading farm machinery dealerships such as Russells, Ripon Farm Services, Scrutons, Claas Eastern, Farmstar, Brian Robinson Machinery and Peacock & Binnington.

Seminar meetings with guest speakers made their debut at YAMS last year and Mr Tasker said he is in no doubt which subject matter will be high profile this time round.

“We will be just weeks away from our official leaving date from Europe and Brexit with all its connotations is bound to be uppermost in most minds.

“Clearly none of us know what everything will entail at present but subjects such as the Agriculture Bill, subsidies without the Basic Payment Scheme, grant funding and environment land management will all be on the agenda. We hope to have some high ranking government officials from DEFRA on the platform.”

To cater for the expected crowds, visitors are urged to use the Grimston Bar Park & Ride facility just off the A64 and only a few minutes from YAMS. There will be a regular shuttle bus to and from the show throughout the day making life much easier than hanging around trying to find a parking space.

“We’ve had this running for two years and everyone is now aware of just how easy it makes getting back on the road when you want to get home, as well as ease of getting in to the show,” said Mr Tasker.

For more details, go to www.yams.uk.com.