Grassland and Muck©Tim Scrivener

There is a lot to see at Grassland & Muck 2017 which takes place on the 24 – 25 May at the 190 acre site in Stoneleigh.

It promises a bumper display of machinery this year, with live demonstrations and grass plots, advice and technical forums for grassland farmers.

Here are eight things you really shouldn’t miss:

1 Variety plots

Grassland & Muck is the best place to get the latest agronomy advice and evaluate the new recommended varieties and grass mixes.

There will be over 100 plots on display, including clovers, herbal leys and hybrid crosses. Plus all the experts will be on hand to help you make the best management decisions for your grassland, including fertiliser planning, disease and weed control.

2 Working grassland machinery

There is no event in the UK which offers as big a range of working machinery as at Grassland & Muck.

All the leading manufacturers will be there with the very latest forage harvesters, balers, mowers, tedders, wrappers rakes and telehandlers being put through their paces on 190 acres of a purpose grown silage sward.

See also: Non-stop round balers: a glimpse of the future?

3 Muck and slurry equipment demonstrations

Selecting the right muckspreader, slurry tanker or injector can be a tricky task. At Grassland & Muck you will have the chance to see all the latest machines in action. A total of 21 machines will be spreading over 200t of manure in timed demonstrations across the two days. 

4 Clamp demonstrations and ensiling talks

Two working clamps will be showcasing the latest material handlers in action, giving a great opportunity to compare machines and identify which is best for you.

New for 2017 the North Clamp will also be hosting talks from Dave Davies and Will Wilson on how to ensure you are achieving the best quality silage possible, right from designing a new clamp to best practice when filling and sealing.

5 Focus on soils and nutrient management

Effective management of your grassland soils can make a huge difference to your productivity and profitability from grass.

A host of ADAS experts will be offering free advice in the Soil and Nutrient Advice Clinic on stand 906, focusing on assessing soil structure, identifying compaction, discussing soil drainage and helping solve your cultivation or nutrient management problems.

6 Technical forums

Hear from industry experts and leading farmers on how to get the most from your grass. These free to attend half-hour forums will cover topics including reseeding decisions, boosting grass yields and quality, manure management and boosting milk, beef and sheep production from grazed grass and forage. 

7 Trade stands

More than 200 static trade stands will be showcasing a wide range of the latest products, equipment and advice, from slurry handling to livestock handling; cow mats to computer software and seeds to sward lifters. Whatever you are looking for, there will be someone on hand who can help you out.

8 Grazing feature

This new intensive rotational grazing demonstration will host sheep on a herbal ley. The feature will showcase the principles of rotational grazing, the performance benefits and how it could be applied on your farm.

A host of experts will be on hand to answer your questions from temporary fencing solutions to seed choice. Come along and find out how rotational grazing could work for you.

Grassland & Muck 2017

Grassland & Muck logo reading Grassland & Muck, 24-25 May 2017, Stoneleigh, WarwickshireThis year’s Grassland and Muck is the place to see all the latest developments in the world of farm machinery, including from some of the major players in the GPS sector.

Visitors can find out how to save cash by improving the accuracy of applications, as well as how to make the most of new, more sophisticated operating systems. Visit the Grassland & Muck website for more information