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Grassland North Draws the Crowds

A unique opportunity to see working demonstrations of some of the very latest grass harvesting machinery drew the crowds to the first Grassland North, organised jointly by Newton Rigg College and agricultural machinery specialists Carrs Billington.

Taking a closer look at Grassland North

Grassland North

The event on Wednesday (16 May) showcased machinery at the College’s farm, with several pieces of equipment shown for the first time in the North of England.

Fine weather brought an attendance of around 3,500, with visitors from as far afield as South Wales and Central Scotland. Newton Rigg Principal Wes Johnson said: “We were delighted to see so many visitors and the success of the event has given us a great blueprint on which to build for the future. Feedback was excellent and I would like to thank Carrs Billington for the superb effort they put into this event.

“Newton Rigg has an important role to play as a hub for agriculture in Cumbria and this is the type of event which can add so much to the farming industry.”

Bale-wrapping demonstration

Grassland North
Demonstrations included bale wrapping by Kuhn and BPI; a presentation of GPS technology for precision farming from Soils Essentials; and a demonstration by Hi-Spec Engineering with their latest slurry tanker mounted trailing shoe and dribble bar applicator. Visitors could also inspect the latest BvL software system ‘Dairy Feeder’, which ensures accurate feed rationing.

Many of the major tractor manufacturers were present including Massey Ferguson which showed the 7600 model, winner of the Tractor of the Year design award at Agritechnica, giving the first grassland working demonstration of this tractor in the North this year.

Visitors at Grassland North
Grassland North
There was a demonstration of the new SW4004 bale wrapper from Kuhn, also shown for the first time in the North, as were Krone’s 700hp BiG X forager and 420hp BiG M self-propelled mower.

A history of silage making through the decades stirred up memories for visitors, with equipment including a Silorator which was first shown at a similar event at Newton Rigg back in 1954. Loaned by Penrith farmer, Jamie Fisher, it was pulled by a Fordson Major with an original silage trailer which cost the princely sum of £105 back in the early 50s. There was also a 60-year-old Kidd Double Chop forager, lent by Colin Harrington of Penrith.

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