Western Morning News

Grassland UK team confident of a safe return

- ATHWENNA IRONS athwenna.irons@reachplc.com

GRASSLAND UK - the triennial event covering every aspect of grass production – will return to the Westcountr­y later this year, boasting an array of working machinery demonstrat­ions and practical seminars.

The one-day event, which encompasse­s everything from seed to feed, has relocated to the main Royal Bath & West Showground near Shepton Mallet, offering easier access and better facilities, helping visitors to stay Covid secure.

Sponsored by Oliver Seeds, Grassland UK is set to take place on Thursday, May 6.

Alan Lyons, head of shows at the Royal Bath & West Society, said: “Being outdoors, we are confident that we will be able to operate within Government guidelines, enabling farmers to finally attend a physical event after over a year of restrictio­ns.”

Ahead of the event, 60 acres have been overseeded, on which equipment including the latest mowers, tedders, balers and forage harvesters will be demonstrat­ed.

There are also 15 trial plots, showcasing the latest grass varieties, and a busy technical seminar programme.

Visitors will be able to choose from the best grass and legume varieties for their farm using the 2021 Recommende­d Grass & Clover List, which will be launched at the event, while also learning about the benefits of multi-species leys and rotational grazing.

Other hot discussion topics are likely to include soil health, carbon sequestrat­ion, grass in the arable rotation and regenerati­ve farming techniques.

“Being located on the main show site means that the event will be far easier to navigate, with trial plots in the centre and trade stands around the entire circular route,” Mr Lyons explained. “This will make it easier for visitors and exhibitors to socially distance, and permanent facilities onsite including multiple toilet blocks and a restaurant will make for a more comfortabl­e day all round.”

A wide range of exhibitors, covering everything from silage wrap and inoculants to livestock handling facilities, will also be in attendance.

Tickets for Grassland UK are now on sale, with advance tickets priced at £17 for adults. For further details or to book, please visit www.bathandwes­t. com/grassland-uk.

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Jason Bryant > Visitors to Grassland UK this spring will be able to see the latest agricultur­al machinery in action

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