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Livestock Event Forage Field: Making More from Forage

03 June 2016

UK - All visitors to Livestock Event will be able to find out how to make more from forage, the cheapest form of feed, at the sector’s largest business to business event staged on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July at The NEC, Birmingham. Entry is free to all visitors.

Forage Field will be among the key hands-on demonstrations, organised in conjunction with the British Grassland Society and will be split in to two areas.

Forage Field main sponsor, Germinal will be demonstrating the difference between a modern productive grassland sward and a worn-out ley, comparing dry matter yield and quality and the implications for milk and meat production. Also featured in live plots, alongside the latest Aber High Sugar Grass varieties, will be alternative forage crops, including modern options such as red clover and forage brassicas.

Silage Solution’s Dr Dave Davies will bring silage under the spotlight with the help of grass ensiled in four mini demo clamps. He will be discussing how to reduce dry matter percentage losses between field and feed face, and explain the importance of good consolidation in order to achieve best clamp density and in turn minimise further losses.

“The drive towards making best use of home grown forages is fast gaining momentum not only amongst dairy producers, but also beef and sheep farmers as they turn towards make essential cost savings on bought in feed in an attempt to achieve sustainable businesses,” explains event director, Matt Knight.

“That’s why Forage Field is all about sharing information, ideas and no nonsense practical advice to take home and implement next day on farm.”

Livestock Event 2016 will be FREE to all visitors. Persistently low prices across the livestock sector, have led event organiser, RABDF to agree to the free offer, as a gesture on behalf of the charity. Pre-register at

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