THE Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) may be extended to two days next year.

Richard Tasker. founder and organiser, said: "Whatever we do it just keeps growing. There is most definitely an appetite for the show that seems unabated and there is a feeling among many who have taken stands over the first five years that it could be extended to two days.

"Regardless of whether that happens or not, and we will continue monitoring response to the suggestion at this year's YAMS, we are delighted with the way in which the show has become an integral part of Yorkshire and the North of England's show scene."

The event will again be held at York Auction Centre, Murton, on Wednesday, February 6.

Mr Tasker, from the centre, said: "For our stand holders it provides an ideal and cost effective way of reaching and meeting more farmers than company representatives could visit in a day and in fact that’s one of the main drivers behind them wanting a second day as some have said they cannot get to talk to everyone who comes on to their stand in just one day.

"We have a fantastic line-up including every single one of our leading farm machinery dealerships with the likes of Russells, Ripon Farm Services, Scrutons, Claas Eastern, Farmstar, Brian Robinson Machinery and Peacock & Binnington all not just taking stands but using YAMS often as their main launch pad for major model launches."

As the event has grown visitors have been attracted from further afield - from the Midlands, Cumbria, Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Mr Tasker said: "The 2018 show attendance was way in excess of anything we had achieved in the first four years with around 12,000 here at Murton and with over 200 trade stands. We had already received around 40 new requests for trade stand packs for 2019 by November and we are confident this year’s trade stands will number at least 220."

Seminars made their debut last year and will take on even greater importance next year.

"We will be just weeks away from our official leaving date from Europe and Brexit with all its connotations is bound to be uppermost in most minds," said Mr Tasker. "Clearly none of us know what everything will entail at present but subjects such as the Agriculture Bill, farming without the Basic Payment Scheme, grant funding and environment land management will all be on the agenda. We hope to have some high profile speakers on the platform."

Entry to the show is free and refreshments available. Parking on the site is quickly taken and visitors are recommended to use York's Grimston Bar Park & Ride facility just off the A64 and only a few minutes from YAMS. A regular shuttle bus service runs to and from the show from the Park & Ride throughout the day.