Newton Rigg College event will see £5m of grassland management equipment on display

Grassland North will feature working demonstrations from leading companies, Kuhn, Krone, Fendt and Massey Ferguson

Grassland management demonstrations at the first Grassland North event at Newton Rigg College in 2013
Grassland management demonstrations at the first Grassland North event at Newton Rigg College in 2013

Around £5m worth of the latest grassland management equipment will be on display at Newton Rigg College when the second Grassland North event is held there on next month.

More than 4,000 farmers from across the North of England are expected to turn out at the Penrith college’s Sewborwens Farm on May 13 for a free showcase of machinery with a combined output of 6,500 horsepower.

Grassland North is organised in conjunction with agricultural machinery suppliers, Carrs Billington.

The day features working demonstrations from leading companies, Kuhn, Krone, Fendt and Massey Ferguson, as well as providing opportunities to discuss the latest forage management, including fertilisers, grass seed and preservative.

Visitors can also see a display of vintage tractors.

Preparations for the event began last September when 30 acres of grassland was sown at Sewborwens Farm in readiness for the silage-making demonstrations, including trials drilled with high yield, high sugar seed.

Newton Rigg College, which currently caters for around 800 students, offers full and part-time further and higher education courses, with subjects including agriculture, horticulture, forestry and countryside management.

It also provides a range of apprenticeship courses.

In 2011, the college became part of the Yorkshire-based Askham Bryan College group, which has a number of centres across the North of England, and has since then seen significant investment in its facilities.

A state-of-the-art dairy unit, which was completed in March 2014, now forms an integral part of the student learning experience, while bringing a marked increase in milk yields and improvements in cow welfare.

Tours of the facility will be offered at Grassland North, with the college’s dairy team and staff from Fullwood on-hand to escort visitors and answer questions.

Matt Bagley, head of agriculture at the college said: “We are delighted to be working with Carrs Billington once again to provide a practical, highly relevant event which should be a must for any forward-thinking farmer.

“Grassland North is a key event for farmers interested in seeing the latest equipment and technology from what is a fast-moving high tech industry.

“The practical demonstrations, plus the opportunity to see our state-of-the-art dairy unit, and attend our uplands conference are a winning combination, and should not be missed.”

Grassland North coincides with the college’s uplands conference which runs from May 12 to 14, focussed on the collaborative use of the uplands.

Entry to Grassland North is free. The event runs from 11am to 7pm.

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