For the first time in 2015, the Melplash Agricultural Show featured a dedicated Discover Farming area with interactive demonstrations where children of all ages can get hands-on experience of a variety of ‘farm to food’ activities. Those making career choices were able to drive a simulator tractor or even work a drone of the kind used to inspect crops, and look at the latest apps used in farming. Younger children can be more hands-on including, butter making, breadmaking and juicing apples: they could even calve a cow!
Around the show ground, and flagged by Discover Farming signs there will be numerous other exhibits and demonstrations including, milking, sheep shearing, horseshoeing, cheese making and sausage making all linked by a Discover Farming path. On the route, and placed near points of key agricultural interest, will be a number of story boards about farming.
For young people considering a career in Agriculture, there will be the opportunity to meet and discuss further education options with specialists from Kingston Maurward College and with some of the Society’s recent bursary students in the Discover Farming Marquee.