Pitchfork Events

Pitchfork events is a Trading Division of RAMSAK Ltd and is the main organiser of Agri-Expo, a land based show held annually in March at the Kent County Showground.  For more information, photo galleries and trade stand booking application forms, please visit the website www.agri-expo.co.uk or click on the top right link to the Media Pack to book your trade stand.

Following its successful launch in October 2016, The Farmers Ball and Farming Awards Ceremony will return for its third year in 2018 on Saturday 1st December 2018.  For full information, your ticket application and Farming Award Nomination Forms, please click here or on the pdf to the right of this page or email lynsey@ramsak.co.uk.


Upcoming events

Agri-Expo

www.agri-expo.co.uk

Date to be Announced. The MUST SEE agricultural show! Agri-Expo (SE) is a fast growing land-based industry show for the South East of England and beyond. Manufacturers, machinery dealers and other companies directly involved in agriculture have been quick to support the show and are keen to see it grow and become one of THE must see events on the agricultural calendar. It is notable that not only have the local dealerships stepped up to support the organisers, companies from as far away as Scotland and Northern Ireland will be attending. All can see the huge potential of this event ... In 2011, the Agri-Expo(SE) event broke new ground as the first of its kind in this part of the world, but it has its roots in smaller events that have proved equally popular with the Kent and Sussex farming community During recent years RAMSAK has been the driving force behind a fruit-focused machinery demonstration day that has been well supported and has also set out to highlight new products to ring members and others. Like the Agri-Expo event, the demonstration day was based around new products and featured two significant firsts, the UK debut of Tecnoma’s new Eolis orchard sprayer and the first appearance in Kent of the new John Deere range of fruit tractors. Like Agri-Expo, the demonstration days helped to raise the organisation’s profile as well as providing added value to existing members by bringing together a range of new products and providing a good networking opportunity. It was a great chance for visitors to catch up with what was new on the market, talk to manufacturers and network with each other, and that’s exactly what Agri-Expo will continue to do but on a much bigger scale It can be difficult for farmers and growers to evaluate the benefits of new equipment just by looking through a catalogue, and shopping around is difficult if you need to visit several different dealerships to compare what is on offer. That’s what inspired RAMSAK to set up the machinery demonstration days and it’s the same logic that has now resulted in this big industry-wide event. How else can you get to talk to the manufacturers’ representatives, see rival products side by side and really get to grips with a new bit of kit before getting your cheque book out? Full information and booking forms can be found on the Agri-Expo website.

1st December 2018

The Farmers Ball & Farming Awards 2018

lynsey@ramsak.co.uk

at The High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells £40 +VAT (£48) per ticket. Price includes 4 course Christmas Dinner. Information on the annual social event for the farming and rural community is now available here on our website or by emailing lynsey@ramsak.co.uk. With the RAMSAK Group’s underlying aim to support farmers and bring the industry together, there is great excitement surrounding the third annual Farmers’ Ball and Farming Awards, which is to be held in December for the first time. Organised by the Pitchfork Events branch of the group, the event has been growing in popularity and, as well as celebrating the best farmers in the region through the awards, this year’s Farmers’ Ball is also set to provide a great opportunity for farms and rural businesses to celebrate the festive season. The awards, which are now open for nominations, will include as many farmers as possible, with categories covering arable, beef, sheep, dairy, fruit, family farming business and agricultural student of the year. Judges are looking for farmers who are passionate, dedicated and hard-working, willing to share best practices with others, with ideas for the future. They will be a source of inspiration and innovation and keen to trial unique practices. Nomination entries close on 1 October, with winners announced on Saturday 1 December 2018 at the High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells. As well as recognising the best farmers in the business, the Farmers’ Ball was also set up to raise money for the RAMSAK Group’s charity of the year, which is currently the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance. On the evening welcome drinks will be followed by a four course Christmas dinner, DJ and charity auction. “The ball is an opportunity for everyone to catch up, perhaps do some business and celebrate the winners of the Farming Awards,” said Karen Wheeler, the RAMSAK Group Manager. “The timing of this year’s event will give farms the chance to treat staff to a large Christmas party without the hassle of organising it themselves. As always, the dress code is still country attire. We don’t want farmers to feel like they need to come in full formal evening wear. We are hoping for plenty of dresses paired with wellies and full tweed again!”