Cutting and ensiling grass, or any forage crop for that matter, isn’t as simple as it looks. Decisions start with the variety, then what to put on it to make it grow, how and what to cut it with, how to store it and finally when to feed it.
Added to this, each year growers and contractors are bombarded with new varieties, techniques and machines which promise “better yields” or “faster work-rates”. But deciphering all this information can prove impossible, especially if you have to research it company by company.
That’s where having all the people you need to speak to and all the machines you need to look at in one place can come in handy. That’s what Grassland UK aims to do.
Spanning 55ha (140 acres) over two farms, the event takes place today near Shepton Mallet, Somerset and, with more than 100 exhibitors, it promises to be the UK’s largest technical forage event this year.
What’s on offer?
- The latest machinery in action, with foraging, mowing and baling demos, as well as clamp, muck and slurry displays. You name it, it’s there.
- More than 100 exhibitors, ranging from tractor manufacturers to fertiliser companies, advice groups to trailer firms.
- Experts on hand from ADAS, Kingshay and the MGA among others to get you up to speed on how NVZ legislation will affect your business, what you must do to comply and how you can avoid spiralling costs.
- Overseeding, Ag Bag and tyre baling demonstrations to give farmers alternative ideas.
- Free services, like the MGA’s nitrogen predictor, Kingshay soil sampling service and slurry analysis, as well as information and seminars on hot topics like tractor and trailer legislation and on-the-road advice are on offer.
- British Grassland Society and DairyCo organised seminars include sessions on nutrient management, the latest on putting NVZ rules into practice and how to improve grass and forage efficiency.