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 – updated 1 May 2020
Black Isle Farmers’ Society Directors and Secretary met virtually last night to discuss the possibility, in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, of running the 2020 Black Isle Show due to be held on Thursday 6th August at its permanent site at Mannsfield, Muir of Ord.
On behalf of the 9 strong board of Directors, President for 2020, Mrs Frieda Mckenzie said “our Directors were unanimous in the sad but inevitable decision to cancel the 2020 show.  As a Society we enjoy and relish staging such an important event for the Highlands but for this year with a most exceptional set of circumstances we have a responsibility to protect our exhibitors, traders, guests and the general public from such an unknown and devastating disease.”
Company Secretary, Rod Mackenzie, also said “this was a decision we could have taken 4 weeks ago but we always lived in the hope that the situation might have shown some improvement in that time.  My optimism was buoyed on by encouragement and enthusiasm from exhibitors, trade stand holders and regular attendees who set a huge emphasis on Black Isle Show as a shop window and trading platform for their goods, products and services.  Like every other year planning for the next year’s show never halts but instead of 12 months preparation there will be 15 months instead.  The date for the 2021 show is Thursday 5th August with the preview evening on Wednesday 4th August.