All livestock farmers will be able to find out how to make more from their own resources, both manure and soil, at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show to be staged at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on 16 and 17 September.
“Event organisers, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers have organised two clinics to which visitors are invited to bring along samples of manure and soil for analysis, free of charge.
The RABDF/ADAS Manure Centre will be analysing slurry or manure samples by Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS), a technique widely used for analysis of forage and grain samples. The analysis results will be available on the day with a report including total N, available N and phosphate, together with an interpretation by an ADAS soil and manure specialist. What to bring: slurry, one litre collected from a well mixed tank or store in a clean plastic container; manure, mix a few samples from different parts of the heap and bring approximately 1kg in a strong plastic bag.
The RABDF/Kingshay Soil Surgery will offer a practical soil assessment with a focus on good physical soil structure - discussing issues such as soil compaction alleviation, microbial and earthworm activity assessment and efficient use of valuable fertiliser and natural manure applications. Individual farmers will be helped to identify the key areas of farm management and fertiliser selection in order to maximise soil efficiency, resulting in high quality, cost effective sward and crop production. What to bring: one spade’s width and depth of soil, including turf layer.
RABDF chief executive, Nick Everington comments: “By organising the evaluation of soil, slurry and FYM, free of charge, we hope that farmers visiting the event will take the opportunity to find out how they can better utilise their own resources and make cost savings.”
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