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Win tickets to Grassland & Muck 2017

 

Farmers are focusing more than ever on getting the most from forage, and the Grassland & Muck event is seeking farmers’ views on how they manage their pasture. In return, a lucky six respondents will win a pair of tickets to this year’s Grassland & Muck Event, which will be held at Stoneleigh from 24 to 25 May.

The last time the event held this survey, in 2011, there were some surprising results, with 37% of respondents admitting that they calculated the nutrient content of their manure or slurry through personal assumption; far more than those using laboratory analysis, RB209 or computer software.

An impressive number of farmers calibrated their fertiliser spreader at least once a year, with 73% soil testing their grassland and 57% reseeding leys every 3-6 years. The survey also covered grass seed choice, contractor usage, and reasons behind reseeding.

“It’s interesting that the recent downturn in commodity prices has encouraged many farmers to cut costs and improve efficiencies by making the most of their cheapest feed: Grass,” says Alice Bell, head of technical events at Grandstand Stoneleigh Events.  “It will be fascinating to compare the results of the new survey with those from 2011, and from that we can hopefully learn some lessons about how to manage grassland more effectively, which is really one of the key drivers of the whole Grassland & Muck event.”

To fill in the survey and enter the competition to win tickets to this year’s Grassland & Muck event click here  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Grassmansur

 

  • Tickets for Grassland & Muck 2017 will be on sale from early March. For more information visit www.grasslandevent.co.uk or contact 02476 858 284.

 

Editors’ notes

Grassland & Muck 2017

Grassland & Muck 2017 is the triennial event for the industry, proudly presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of England and partnered with Yara UK. The event logo and pictures can be downloaded from the website www.grasslandevent.co.uk/news.

 

The RASE
Since 1838, the RASE has played a leading role in the development of British agriculture and a vibrant rural economy through the uptake of good science, the promotion of best practice and a co-ordinated, impartial approach to wide-ranging rural issues.

 

Yara UK Limited

Yara UK is the only company to market and distribute the complete range of plant nutrition products for agricultural, horticultural, amenity and protected crops for farmers and growers.  Yara International, based in Oslo, Norway, has 8000 employees, operates in 120 countries and has a turnover in excess of £3.5bn.  The name Yara is taken from a Nordic word meaning ‘good harvest’.

 

For further media information contact:

Olivia Cooper, partner at Agri-hub: The Agri-media professionals.

Tel: 01392 840009 or e-mail: olivia@agri-hub.co.uk