Grassland & Muck 2014: Eight things you shouldn’t miss

There’s a lot to see at Grassland & Muck 2014. Here are eight things you really shouldn’t miss:

1. Working grassland machinery (whole site)

There’s no show in the UK that offers as big a range of working grass machinery in one place as Grassland & Muck. All the leading manufacturers will be there and you’ll get a unique chance to see forage harvesters, balers, mowers, tedders, wrappers, rakes and telehandlers being put through their paces on 65 plots across the 76ha (190-acre) demonstration site. In fact, there’s believed to be more than £20m of machinery at the event.

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2. Muck and slurry equipment demonstrations

Buying the right muckspreader, slurry tanker or injection unit can be a tricky task. But Grassland & Muck 2014, you have an unrivalled chance to see many different machines in action. A total of 21 machines will be spreading 650t of manure and many thousands of gallons of water. It’s a great chance to see which machines might suit you.

3. Material handlers at work

With 12 handlers working on two clamps across both show days, you’ll get a good chance to see which are doing the best job. There’s something you won’t have seen before, too – a Pistenbully piste basher (normally found at ski resorts) showing its superb compacting abilities on a silage clamp.

Grassland general

4. Deal with your soil compaction

Compaction is a big problem in grassland this year, thanks to the very wet winter. But a new compaction alleviation demo will help you identify the problem and work out how to resolve it. Six different grass slitters and sward lifters will run through compacted ground, and test holes will be dug to enable visitors to see the action of the machines on the soil.

5. Variety plots

Where better to get the latest agronomy advice and evaluate the latest grass mixes than Grassland & Muck? Newly recommended varieties will be on show, plus the latest hybrid crosses, herb and chicory additions and white clovers. The importance of good weed and disease control will also be highlighted at the show.

6. Forums

As ever, there’s a full programme of technical seminars. These free 30-minute forums provide you with the latest advice and thinking on using grass and manures on your farm. They run on both show days and take place at the Forum Theatre on stand 300 at the north end of the static trade area. They run from 10.30am to 2.15pm and there will be several farmers talking about their own experiences.

Good NH clamp

7. Making the most of slurry and muck

As well as seeing the equipment in action, Grassland & Muck 2014 is also a great place to get advice on how to make the most of your valuable manure nutrients. Whether it’s FYM and slurry testing, calculating application rates or improving your slurry, there will be plenty of advice and guidance on hand.

8. Trade stands

More than 200 exhibitors will be at the event, showcasing equipment, advice and know-how. Whether it’s slurry spreading rules, compaction problems, choosing the right machinery or boosting your grass output, there will be someone on hand who can help you out.