Thursday, May 3, 2012
Got a question about grass or clover? Drop in to the Forage Café at Grassland UK to get an answer from the experts.
The joint EBLEX, DairyCo and British Grassland Society (BGS) stand, which will have the theme ‘Ask a forage question’, will be manned by experienced beef, sheep and dairy producers giving practical advice on all aspects of soil or nutrient management, clover, grass varieties and grazing management.
Seminar sessions will also take place on the stand during the day. Speakers will include beef producer and EBLEX board member Paul Westaway, who will talk about his experience of using home-grown protein on his Gloucestershire farm. Paul is growing drought-tolerant lucerne to feed his heifers, bulls and finishing cattle.
Also delivering a seminar will be BGS president, and dairy and beef farmer, John Downes. Shropshire-based John will discuss how low rainfall over the past two years has led to him growing red clover on the family’s organic farm.
DairyCo board member Keith Davis, who manages two profitable dairy farms operating different systems, will be looking at maximising forage use in grazing-based or high-output systems. One of Keith’s farms operates a fully-housed system using robots and yielding 10,000 litres. The other is an intensive grazing system yielding 5,500 litres, mainly from forage.
Visitors to the stand will also be able to take part in a ‘guess the weight of the grass seed’ competition to win a pair of brand name wellington boots.
The Forage Café can be found at stand 94 at Grassland UK, which takes place at the Royal Bath and West Showground on Thursday 10 May.
BGS is a membership organisation which acts as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage.