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A Great Day on the Farm!

11 June 2009

"Amazing!", "Brilliant." "Loved all of it!" was the feedback as over a thousand people visited Bedfordia Farms in Milton Ernest, last Sunday as part of a national initiative 'LEAF Open Farm Sunday.'

Visitors were given a taste of life on the farm, including caring for Bedfordia's 12, 000 pigs, seeing a mother pig with her 14 day old piglets, taking a tractor and trailer ride through the fields to see the wheat, barley and oil seed rape crops growing and learning where their breakfast cereal, bread and vegetable oil comes from. A state of the art farm machinery display included equipment which use special infra red technology to map and photograph the crop and determine the amount of fertiliser needed and a lorry tipping grain into Bedfordia's 27,000 tonne storage facilities.

There was also an observation bee hive on display - courtesy of Bedfordia's Livestock Manager Richard Smith who is also an avid bee keeper - complete with Queen bee and her workers and of course the fruits of their labour - Bedfordshire honey for sale!

The trailer ride took visitors past sister company, BiogenGreenfinch's food waste recycling plant where food waste and pig slurry, from Bedfordia Farm, is mixed to create electricity for nearly 2,000 homes and a bio-fertiliser which is spread back onto the nearby farm land.

Ian Smith, Managing Director of Bedfordia Farms said: "All in all the day was a fantastic success. We've received extremely positive feedback and appreciation from visitors for such a fun and informative day. In addition we raised over £2,000 from the proceeds of the hog roast, and homemade cake stall which will be shared between local and national charities."

The groups to benefit are Milton Ernest Playing Fields Association,Milton Ernest Lower School, Milton Ernest Church Fabric Fund and national charities Farm Crisis Network and Care for the Family.

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