Bertie’s Barn becomes a permanent home for Discovery Zone

The future of farming is looking good.

That’s because we’ve built a new home for our Discovery Zone at this year’s Black Isle Show.

And it’s guaranteed to be a permanent feature at the show for many years to come.

The popular space has been a part of the show since 2017, but this year we’ve built a permanent building for the educational area, which will explore the technology, science and welfare of farming.

And our mascot, also new for this year, is making a home in it too.

Bertie’s Barn is the new name for our Discovery Zone, and Secretary Rod Mackenzie said the development demonstrates the show’s commitment to educating people about how important farming is to everyone’s lives.

“It’s a space for all ages, but it’s particularly appealing to the young because, rather just being told through boring textbooks, we have animals in there that you wouldn’t normally associate with farming, such as ferrets, bees, alpacas among others.

“Living rurally, people are used to seeing cows and sheep every day, but farming is diversifying, and people have a role to play in managing the environment, so it’s a good way to mix the realities of what’s going on around us with the science and technology that is being used to transform farming.”

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NOTICE – issued 20 MARCH 2020

Black Isle Farmers’ Society is closely monitoring this evolving situation. 

We are exactly 20 weeks away from the 2020 Black Isle Show.

We are approaching this situation with a positive and proactive attitude, whilst remaining realistic. 

To this end we are going ahead with the job of organising the Black Isle Show, as many tasks need to be done timeously and in advance unless there is advice or rules not to.

We have contacted contractors to enquire if they can still supply their goods/service and specifically their terms of engagement relating to cancellation.

We are receiving trade stand applications daily and encourage those who haven’t already replied to do so by 31st March as usual.  If we have to cancel trade stand holders will be offered a refund or a credit for 2021 with the amount paid for this year fixed with no increase.

We will keep all concerned up to date as the situation develops.

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”

Rod Mackenzie