British climate-friendly farming on display at Lord Mayor’s Show

British farmers are taking to the streets of the City of London to showcase their role in producing the best of British climate-friendly food, commitment to caring for the farmed landscape and progress towards a net zero future.

After a postponement last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the historic Lord Mayor’s Show returns on Saturday and the Worshipful Company of Farmers dairy-themed entry will take centre stage. 

An impressive state-of-the-art New Holland T6 tractor – the world’s first 100% methane powered production tractor – will star in the parade alongside a New Holland forage harvester, together with a trailer showcasing a display of imitation cows in a milking parlour and supermarket fridge to highlight the range of high quality, nutritious and sustainable British dairy, from milk and cheese to butter and cream.

Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers Karen Mercer said: “This year we are delighted to be highlighting the role of the British dairy sector and its important role in producing the best quality food for your table every day of the year.”

Farmers on the streets of London

NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts said: “We can’t wait to get back on to the streets of London and support the Worshipful Company of Farmers for what promises to be another fantastic Lord Mayor’s Show. The parade always gives us a great opportunity to demonstrate to the thousands of people on the streets of London, and to the millions watching on television, how British farmers are proud producers of some of the most sustainable, climate-friendly food in the world and how British farming plays a vital role in protecting and maintaining the great British countryside.

And with Saturday’s procession taking place just as the COP26 event in Glasgow comes to an end, we will also be highlighting how Britain’s farmers are part of the solution in fighting climate change and how they are working towards our farming industry-wide ambition to be net zero by 2040.”

Mark Crosby, Marketing Manager UK & ROI, New Holland, said: “Participating in The Lord Mayor’s Show this year has even greater significance as we return to proudly showcase the best of British farming. New Holland is a strong advocate of British manufacturing as the clean energy leader, with our Basildon factory producing the first commercially available methane powered tractor.  It’s an honour to play a part in the procession and highlight the importance of British agriculture.”

Red Tractor Vice Chairman Andrew Blenkiron said: “Red Tractor is proud to be part of this celebration of British food and farming.  We believe passionately that everyone should be able to buy quality food they can trust, whatever their budget.  The Red Tractor logo is a simple way for people to help foster a better future for British farmers and to be confident that the food they eat has been produced safely, responsibly sourced and carefully farmed, every step of the way from farm to pack.” 

Surrey docks farm youth committee

Surrey Docks Farm Manager Gemma Hooper said: “The Surrey Docks Farm has a long-standing relationship with the Worshipful Company of Farmers and is thrilled to be invited to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show. Members of our Youth Committee aged eight up to 25 will be in the parade to proudly represent British farming and raise the profile of city farms.”

Suppliers of the milking machine, Mark Bayley Ltd, said: “Farming is at the centre of our thoughts and daily lives, so it is an honour to be able to support the Worshipful Company of Farmers and showcase the best of British dairy farming.”

  • Look out for the Worshipful Company of Farmers entry, serial number 87, in the procession, during the live BBC1 coverage of the Lord Mayor’s Show from 10.30am on Saturday 13 November.
  • Joining the Worshipful Company of Farmers will be the NFU’s group of Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors, Red Tractor farmers, and youngsters from Surrey Docks Farm.

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John Swire - Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.