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Grassland North Event Calling All Farmers!

Around £5million worth of the latest grassland management equipment will be on display and in action at what will be the second Grassland North event to be held at Newton Rigg College, Penrith on Wednesday 13th May 2015.

More than 4,000 farmers from across the North of England are expected on at the college's Sewborwens Farm. The event is free and showcases machinery with a combined output of 6,500 horsepower. Grassland North is organised in conjunction with agricultural machinery suppliers, Carrs Billington.

visitors to the previous Grassland North event at Newton Rigg College watching demonstrations with a Massey Ferguson 7620 with two Kuhn FC313 mowers.

Visitors to the previous Grassland North event at Newton Rigg College watching demonstrations with a Massey Ferguson 7620 with two Kuhn FC313 mowers.

The day features working demonstrations from leading companies, Kuhn, Krone, Fendt and Massey Ferguson, and opportunities to discuss the latest forage management, including fertilisers, grass seed and preservative. Visitors can also see a display of vintage tractors.

Preparations for the event began last September when 30 acres of grassland was sown at Sewborwens Farm in readiness for the silage making demonstrations – these include trials drilled with high yield high sugar seed.

Matt Bagley, Head of Agriculture at Newton Rigg College said: “We are delighted to be working with Carrs Billington once again to provide a practical, highly relevant event which should be a must for any forward-thinking farmer. Grassland North is a key event for farmers interested in seeing the latest equipment and technology from what is a fast moving high tech industry. The practical demonstrations, plus the opportunity to see our state of the art dairy unit, and attend our uplands conference are a winning combination, and should not be missed.”

Tours of the state of the art dairy are an important addition to the event's programme with the college's dairy team and staff from Fullwood on hand to escort visitors and answer questions. The dairy features a 30:30 Fullwood herringbone parlour, modern cubicle housing and full AI and veterinary handling races.

Officially opened in March 2014, the dairy is an integral feature of student learning, and the unit has already seen a marked increase in milk yields as well as improvements in cow welfare, notably a reduction in lameness.

Grassland North coincides with the college's uplands conference which runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 May and looks at collaborative use of the uplands.

Entry to Grassland North is free and times are 11am – 7pm. The event was last held in 2012.



The impressive yet compact 10 rotor mounted KW 11.22 tedder will be operating along with the Comprima XTREME baler wrapper combination and the TC880 twin rotor rake range. The BiG M 420 self-propelled mower will be working alongside the latest BiG X 580 and firmly established BiG X 700 forage harvesters.

Making its debut in the North of England is the FC9530 9.5mtr combination rear mower with FC313D front mower. The RW1610e twin post wrapper with patented twin film sticking technology will be present along with the unique hydraulically driven GA13131 4 rotor rake

Massey Ferguson

Tractors from Massey include the well-established 3600's, 5600's, 6600's, 7600's. The flagship 400hp MF8737 will be in action at the event.


Grassland North will showcase the full range - from the compact 110hp Fendt 211 up to the reverse drive 280hp Fendt 828.

Newton Rigg

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