IF YOURE involved with grass or other fodder crops, either as a farmer growing and feeding them or as a contractor cutting them, then theres one event you must be at this year. Its Grassland 2002 and its happening at Crewe Farm, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh on May 22 and May 23, 2002.
The Grassland Event only happens every three years, so its one that livestock farmers and contractors miss at their peril.
The core of the show will be 68ha (170 acres) of grass which will be mown, tedded, chopped, clamped, baled or wrapped by machinery from all the major manufacturers. There are some new features too, such as a full seminar programme covering topics like coping with NVZs, managing fertility and better N usage.
Another new feature is a muck-handling area. Prompted by the cancellation of last years Muck Event, it will give farmers their first chance in some while to see working muckspreaders, slurry tankers and handling equipment.
Opening hours for the two-day event are 9am to 5pm. Tickets cost £10 on the day or £8 in advance. For more details ring the RASE on 024-7669 6969 or check out the Grassland 2002 website at
www.grassland2002.org.uk. Grassland 2002 is organised by the RASE, sponsored by Kemira Agriculture and supported by farmers weekly.