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Industry gets behind Grassland & Muck event

December 23, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

Space is selling out fast for Grassland & Muck 2020 – which organisers say is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Taking place in Warwickshire at the Ragley Estate on 20-21 May, the two-day triennial show sold out over 70% of stands well before Christmas, says event organiser Alice Bell, of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

All the leading machinery brands snapped up the opportunity to showcase their machines in a working environment. Muck machinery demonstrations are in particularly high demand with muck spreader and slurry injector bookings above those seen at the last event in 2017.

Muck demonstrations will include the opportunity to compare spreaders and slurry tankers while they are at work. Visitors will see each machine at close quarters and listen to an expert commentary describing their attributes.

Expert advice

Sponsors and partners include Yara, DLF Seeds, ADAS, AHDB, the British Grassland Society and Agrovista. Their experts will be on hand with technical advice to help farmers make the best of grazed grass, home grown forage and manures, while protecting and nurturing soils.

“Grassland & Muck really is a unique demonstration event,” says Ms Bell.

“We plant and manage the grass specifically to give us the best possible crop to host over 170 acres of machinery demonstrations. With a new and improved layout, it really is the best place to see and compare the latest machines in action and pick up ideas and expert advice.”

Grass at the Ragley Estate was all drilled in September. It then rained every day for a month, says Ms Bell. Sown plots are also well established, enabling visitors to see and compare over 100 of the latest grass mixes and recommended grass varieties in the ground next May.

New for 2020 is the opportunity for exhibitors to have a half acre working plot. Already selling fast, these demonstration plots offer visitors the chance to compare a range of machinery – including bale wrapping and handling, over-seeders, pasture improvers, aerators and zero grazers.

The Muck Trade Area will include a free ADAS soil advice clinic, hosted by Mel Holloway and Milly Bowden, two experienced advisors who be available to help visitors with their soil and nutrient challenges.

Visitors looking for help with nutrient or manure application planning are being asked to bring along any recent soil or manure analysis results. Visitors looking to address drainage or structure problems are asked to dig a soil pit and bring photos of the soil profile.

For full details, visit www.grasslandevent.co.uk.

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