UP TO 10,000 people from across the country travelled to York to see the latest agricultural machinery - from tractors to cereal mills - at a special event.

The annual one-day Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show was held at the York Auction Centre, at Murton, for the fourth year running, last week.

Organiser Richard Tasker said between 8,000 and 10,000 people were estimated to have attended, the majority from across the north of England, but with some travelling from much further away.

“I spoke to someone from Aberdeen, a coachload came down from Northumberland, and there was someone from Carlisle, and from Ireland and the Midlands,” he said.

Visitors were from across the agricultural industry, including livestock and arable farmers, smallholders, equestrian centres and forestry owners.

Mr Tasker said there were about 200 exhibitors, up from just 60 in the show’s first year, who were exhibiting everything from tractors, combines, Land Rovers and anaerobic digesters to new technology such as GPS and new computer systems and renewable energy.

“We have had fantastic feedback, from both exhibitors and those attending,” he said.

“We sold a ton of meat - a quarter of a ton of sausages and 3,500 rolls, and the hog roast got through five pigs!”

Mr Tasker said new traffic management plans were in place to avoid congestion in the area after some problems began to arise last year as the show grew in popularity.

Eastbound traffic on the A64 was directed to the Hull Road Park & Ride site to use specially provided double decker buses to get into the site.

Among those exhibiting were Clover Farm Services Ltd, displaying the all new ArmaTrac tractor range for the first time in Yorkshire.

BDC Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading supplier of grain handling, drying and storage equipment, displayed new trench intake hoppers.