Stock Tech show venue re­vealed

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

An ex­ten­sive live­stock en­ter­prise near Huntly has been un­veiled as the host for the next Royal North­ern Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RNAS) tech­ni­cal event.

The RNAS Stock Tech event, which takes place on Wed­nes­day, June 6, 2018, will be staged at Dun­scroft, near Huntly, cour­tesy of the Innes fam­ily.

It is the lat­est in a suc­ces­sion of suc­cess­ful on-farm events held by the RNAS over the past 30 years, cov­er­ing beef, grass­land, arable and coun­try­side ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event will cover all as­pects of grass and for­age man­age­ment, and its util­i­sa­tion for beef and sheep pro­duc­tion.

It will in­clude a fo­cus on grass seed va­ri­eties and the var­i­ous pieces of ma­chin­ery used for silage mak­ing.

In prepa­ra­tion for next year’s event, 240 square me­tre plots have been sown with dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of peren­nial grass, rye­grass and red and white clover.

The seed has been sourced from three seed houses – DLF, Ger­mi­nal and Bar­ren­brug.

Vis­i­tors will be able to as­sess how suc­cess­ful each va­ri­ety has been at next year’s event.

RNAS said ma­chin­ery com­pa­nies were also be­ing en­cour­aged to mount prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tions at the event, and a num­ber had indi­cated their in­ten­tion to be present.

Event chair­man John Gor­don, of Well­heads, Huntly, has been su­per­vis­ing the sow­ing of the grass seed plots with fel- low RNAS di­rec­tor Ge­orge Dun­can of Agri So­lu­tions of Al­ford.

Mr Gor­don said: “We are de­lighted with the re­sponse from the seed houses and ma­chin­ery com­pa­nies which should make for re­ally in­ter­est­ing prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tions of in­ter­est to live­stock farm­ers.

“The op­por­tu­nity of see­ing grass­land ma­chin­ery in ac­tion – but not har­vesters for health and safety rea­sons – will also be wel­comed by vis­i­tors to the event.”

He said three main spon­sors had been con­firmed for the event – ABP UK, Har­bro and Yara – and RNAS is ac­tively seek­ing other spon­sors for the event.

Most of the ac­tiv­i­ties at Stock Tech will take place at Braw­land­knowes, which ad­joins Dun­scroft. The farms, which are both run by the Innes fam­ily, ex­tend to a to­tal of 4,400 acres.

They carry 800 suck­ler cows and 750 ewes, in­clud­ing the fam­ily’s flocks of pedi­gree Suf­folk and Texel sheep, which reg­u­larly com­mand high prices at auc­tion as well as cham­pi­onship rosettes at shows.

Mr Gor­don said: “The high stan­dard of man­age­ment of the present gen­er­a­tion of the Innes fam­ily – Jim and his sons, James and Ge­orge – is widely recog­nised and we are con­fi­dent the rep­u­ta­tion of the farm will en­sure a huge turnout for farm­ers for the event.

“We are in­debted to the Innes fam­ily for mak­ing their farm avail­able for such an im­por­tant event for the farm­ing in­dus­try in the north-east.”

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