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Sun shines on record success at Scotgrass 2010


Scotgrass 2010 drew a record turnout to SAC Crichton Royal, in the Dumfriesshire sunshine, with just short of 4,750 paying on the gate and well over 5,000 attending overall. Farmers travelled from all points of the British compass, Aberdeen to Devon and Colchester to Cork, and international visitors included a group from Estonia and individuals from Iran and Zimbabwe.

Scotgrass organiser Duncan Russell, of the Agricultural Engineers Association, said: A terrific day on an ideal site with an excellent host and the knowledgeable crowd really appreciated the working demonstrations put on by our members.

Hugh McClymont, farms manager at SAC Crichton Royal, said: I knew early morning we were in for a bumper day when I found eight Irish coaches parked in the farmyard, seven from the north and the eighth having left Cork at midnight.

Dr Andy Beardsmore, managing director of event sponsor Ecosyl Products, said: Scotgrass 2010 met all our aims of giving farmers access to the best technology, management advice and independent information in a practical and enjoyable environment.

Scotgrass is now established as one of the most important technical events in the UK calendar covering every aspect of grassland management for dairy, beef and sheep production. The new observation decks at the silage clamp were full all day, a tractor-trailer bus service delivered thousands to well over 100 acres of demonstration plots and as well as seeing the big machines in action, farmers were also hungry for advice and information.

The new Knowledge Transfer Centre proved a popular addition with the British Grassland Society, DairyCo, Ecosyl, Maize Growers Association, Quality Meat Scotland, SAC and SEPA all seeing a steady flow of enquiring producers throughout the day. There was also full attendance at the international forage management seminar, presented by Dr Shirley Heron, at SAC Crichton Royals Visitor Centre.

Despite the poor growing conditions that have affected producers throughout the UK this spring, we were able to deliver enough grass for all the demonstrations and that brought a lot of interest in our grassland management techniques, said Hugh.

Crichton Royal is an ideal venue for knowledge transfer, we had grass, slurry, farm yard manure, fertiliser management, soil maintenance and waste management on show and over 150 people watched the afternoon milking. The traffic management changes were also a success and we got the huge crowd in and out of the site quickly, efficiently and safely.

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