Thursday, March 16, 2017
Consider the wider benefits of grassland this spring
There will be a strong emphasis on how to make livestock production more profitable and sustainable by growing and feeding high protein species such as white and red clovers, brassicas, perennial chicory and Lucerne from exhibitors that this year’s Grassland and Muck show, 24th and 25th May at the Bath and West Showground.
“Opportunities to increase homegrown protein production exist on a large majority of livestock farms,” says Germinal National Agricultural Sales Manager Ben Wixey. “There are many crops that can exceed 20% crude protein, so the headline advantage is to cut feeding costs by reducing reliance on expensive bought-in sources such as soya, but there are far wider benefits too.
“Legumes such as clovers and lucerne will fix nitrogen, contributing as much as 150kgN/ha to the soil, reducing the requirement for artificial nitrogen fertiliser. Then there are the break-cropping advantages offered by brassicas, and the soil conditioning effects from species with deep-rooting characteristics, such as red clover and perennial chicory.”
Use the RGCL to tailor your grassland and enhance productivity
Copies of the new season Recommended Grass and Clover List (RGCL), containing the latest varieties to be added, will be available from BGS at the event – Find us located on the stand with AHDB for your free copy, and follow the RGCL trial to find out how more about how using it can improve your pastures.
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.