17 May 2002

GRASSLAND 2002

Welcome to Grassland 2002, Europes biggest exhibition of working grassland machinery.

Taking place on Wed May 22 and Thurs May 23 at Crewe Farm, National Agricultural

Centre, Stoneleigh, Warks, theres a lot more there than just grass and machinery

Grass machinery

There are 70ha (170 acres) of grass to mow, ted, chop, clamp, bale or wrap. All the main grass machinery firms are here and most have new equipment that hasnt been seen before. Dont forget the two clamp areas where you can see handling equipment in action. Its not all giant self-propelled foragers and big square balers the size of a barn, though. Almost all makers also offer equipment for the small-to-medium-sized farmer as well as their top-of-the-range kit. See main site.

Fodder crops

Although the main focus will be grass, you will also be able to see maize, fodder beet, kale, lucerne, sainfoin, red clover and whole crop mixes being grown and pick up advice on production and usage.

See Demonstration Plots.

Muck machinery

Last years cancellation of the Muck Event means that farmers and contractors havent had a chance to see new muck and slurry equipment in action in public for nearly two years. Grassland 2002 is putting that right with muckspreaders, slurry tankers, and handling equipment from 12 different makers. See Muck Demonstration Area.

Organic advice

Pick up advice and see crops of organically-grown grass, red clover and sainfoin. See Demonstration Plots.

Technical seminars

Technical and business seminars will be held on both days. These will cover subjects like living with NVZs, grasses and clovers for better N utilisation, Integrated Farm Management for grass farmers, managing fertility in grass-fed cows and profiting from e-commerce. Seminars take place at stand 504A on east side of Trade Area and Demon-stration Plots. See page 53 and 54 for more details of topics being covered.

Trade stands

There will be more than 140 trade stands at this years Grassland event, including ones from equipment makers, plant breeders, fertiliser manufacturers, advisory and research organisations and environmental bodies. See Trade Area.

Competition

Dont forget to enter the official Grassland 2002 competition. Organised by Kemira Agriculture, farmers weekly and the RASE, it offers a chance to win one of three valuable prizes – a £3725 Amazone ZA-M fertiliser spreader, 25t of a Kemira after-cut fertiliser worth £3000 and a whole-farm fertiliser plan worth £2000. You can enter the competition on the Kemira stand (320).

Dairy, beef and sheep

Grassland 2002 isnt just aimed at dairy farms, say the

organisers. Theres a lot to interest sheep and beef producers, especially grass variety information and the technical seminars.

Where Crewe Farm, Stoneleigh, Warks. The site is close to the M1, M40, M42, M45, M6 and M69 motorways. There is ample free parking on site. Coventry and Leamington/Warwick Parkway stations are both about 5 miles from Stoneleigh, with a taxi service available.

When Wed May 22 and Thurs May 23, 2002.

Times 9am to 5pm on both days.

Cost £10/ticket.

More details RASE (024-7669 6969 or www.grassland2002.org.uk)

&#8226 No alcohol is served anywhere on the site.

&#8226 No dogs (other than guide dogs) are allowed on the site.

&#8226 Grassland2002 is organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England in partnership with Kemira Agriculture and in association with farmers weekly.

Overall site plan 4

Trade Area plan 6

N & S clamp plan 8

A-Z of exhibitors 10

New machinery round-up 24

Zero-grazing success 30

Site diary 32

Trailer tyre choice 34

IGER new varieties 37

NVZ advice 39

Buying a used baler 42

Buyers guide to rakes 46

Dealing with docks 49

Handling wrapped bales 50

Sussex baler-wrapper user 52

Grassland 2002 seminars 53