MOLE VALLEY FARMERS’ FORAGE FOR PROFIT GRASS PLOTS
Grass is by far the most important crop grown in Devon, accounting for more than one million acres in the county alone. However, despite this presence, grassland management is often overlooked. The idea behind the plots is to show grassland farmers and smallholders how their grassland can be improved, so improving livestock performance and ultimately profitability.
This year there are 14 different plots depicting the need to manage soil nutrients and structure as well as assessing the need to alter sward composition by reseeding and management. As well as grazing advice, new for this year will be a focus on all aspects of silage making and the need to supplement grass at certain times with additional feed and minerals.
“Despite the wettest year in the South-West for 100 years and the coldest March in 50 years the plots again have shown remarkable resilience, showing once again why grass is such a consistent performer,” said Graham Ragg, Mole Valley Farmers’ Arable and Fertiliser Sales Manager.
“We are looking forward to helping all grass growers who visit the plots and this year have a number of show offers on soil sampling, slurry analysis, sward assessment. There will also be advice from our array of experts ready to help at the show plots with individuals who want to improve their grassland management.”
Graham Ragg is pictured above.