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New venue for Grassland & Muck event

January 2, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

The triennial Grassland & Muck event – due to be next held in 2020 – is moving to a new location, giving it a fresh new feel for exhibitors and visitors alike.

More than 11,000 visitors and 279 exhibitors attended the last show in 2017. It encompassed 76ha of working machinery and exhibits at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. But development of the HS2 high-speed rail link means the 2020 event will take place on the Ragley Estate, near Alcester.

“The estate is well-located, within easy reach of the M42, M40 and M5, and is renowned for hosting a wide range of events and concerts, including the Game Fair,” explains Andrew Lazenby, chief executive at the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

“It is a perfect fit – and as it is only 30 minutes from the old site the Grandstand Stoneleigh Events team can continue to lead the way and develop the event to meet farmers’ needs.”

Some 94% of visitors rated their visit in 2017 as good or excellent, with 60% planning to make changes to their business as a result of their visit.

The 2020 event – partnered with Yara – will take place on 20-21 May. Some 80ha of grassland will be drilled at the end of August 2019 ready for the following spring. Farmers will be able to see new grass varieties and the latest grass and muck machinery in real time demonstrations.

“Grass is a vitally important crop for livestock producers – it is the cheapest feed available, and we are determined to help farmers increase yields and grass quality through making more efficient use of their resources,” says Yara’s  marketing manager Eva Ross.

Home to Lord Hertford, a long-time RASE supporter, the Ragley Estate comprises 1600ha of arable land alongside a sheep enterprise, butchery, sawmill and 40ha of managed broadleaf woodland.

“This year has been a particularly difficult one for grass growth,” says farm manager Hamish Stewart. “But we have really seen the differences that reseeding with the latest grass varieties make, both to our sheep performance and following arable crops.”

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