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BALMORAL SHOW
FARMWEEK
MAY 09 2019
Welsh Sheep event a short drive from Holyhead
N
SA Welsh Sheep 2019 will
be of particular interest to
sheep farmers in Northern
Ireland and the whole island of
Ireland. It’s being held just a 40
minute drive from the port of
Holyhead, itself a short ferry trip
from Dublin.
A groundbreaking event, it’s
the first held at a college. The
venue may not be traditional, but
the unit at Glynllifon Agricultural
College, Caernarfon, is a working
farm, operating in a commercial
environment.
The event will bring together
farmers, suppliers, markets,
processors,
customers
and
policy experts in one location.
Sheep farmers considering a
rapidly changing future will have
the opportunity to update on
all the latest news, views and
technical innovation against a
compelling historic backdrop.
The 150 or so stands and
organisations attending will
also offer ideas and information
on products and breeds. Each
will help to answer questions
regarding future direction.
A full programme of seminars
will cover topics such as Brexit,
Sheep Health & Welfare and the
industry’s carbon footprint and
environmental considerations.
The workshops will cover a
range of issues, from vaccination
for lameness from MSD to
Innovis’s latest developments.
The
Crystalyx
workshop
‘What Does Research Prove’ will
focus on the extensive research
Crystalyx has carried out over
the last two decades.
Hybu Cig Cymru/Meat Promotion Wales is the event’s major
sponsor and will be on hand with
advice and industry updates.
The other mainline sponsors will
also be very much in evidence.
The venue is a 700 acre lowland
farm consisting of 400 acres
of farm land and 300 acres
of woodland. Five hundred
students, aged between 15
and 18, study for Level 1, 2 and
3 in agriculture, agricultural
engineering, forestry and conservation, animal management
and veterinary nursing.
The Glynllifon site is owned by
Grwp Llandrillo Menai College.
Farm Manager Rhodri Manod
Owen says the college has always
been keenly involved in NSA
Welsh Sheep and college students
from a range of disciplines look
forward to immersing themselves
in all aspects of the event.
The intensively run farm is
based on grass and forage with
a dairy herd of 180 cows, plus a
hundred followers.
There is also Glastir agri
environmental work and some
innovations, such as the Techno
Grazing, and cattle breeding
policies.
The change to a closed flock
is better for biosecurity and for
better control of genetics, with
medium sized 60kg ewes able
to produce lamb off grass and
forage.
The flock comprises 600 ewes,
550 Lleyns and 50 Continental
crossbreds (Texel or Charolais
X). All lamb indoors for student
tuition and are grass fed.
For more information and stand applications please see www.
nationalsheep.org.uk/welshsheep/exhibitors/apply-online/
or contact Helen Roberts on 07976 803066, email helen@
nationalsheep.org.uk
ScotGrass returns
to Crichton Royal
S
COTGRASS is set to return to
Crichton Royal Farm at Dumfries
in May, by the kind permission of
the SRUC. The event, which takes
place on Wednesday, May 15, gives
visitors an opportunity to see the latest
grassland machinery in action on field
scale plots at a commercial dairy farm.
ScotGrass is once again kindly sponsored
by Volac.
The triennial event, which is organised
by the AEA on behalf of industry
exhibitors, attracts livestock farmers and
grassland contractors from throughout
the UK and is a popular showcase for
major equipment manufacturers.
The event, which is organised by the
AEA on behalf of industry exhibitors,
attracts livestock farmers and grassland
contractors from throughout the UK. Held
on a commercial diary farm, the working
event is also a popular showcase for major
equipment manufacturers such as New
Holland. The company will be attending
this year’s event and is supported by local
dealer Lloyd.
New Holland equipment on display will
include two Foragers, a Centenario T5
tractor (a limited edition tractor, part of
the Centenario Range, which celebrates
the 100 years anniversary of Fiat tractors
and has a characteristic dark red colour)
and two T6 DCT specialty tractors – one
in Ford blue and one in Terracotta, so
both limited editions, homages to the
Ford legacy of New Holland and the strong
heritage of Fiat tractors, pioneering in
agricultural technology for a century.
Additional New Holland grass equipment
will include a Discutter F32P, MegaCutter
860P and Disccutter C320P Mower
Conditioners, together with two rakes, a
ProRotor C660M and ProRotor C820 and a
ProTed 880 tedder.
Pottinger UK will be taking a pretty
comprehensive range of machinery to
ScotGrass this year. In terms of new
products a highlight will be the company’s
new Novacat A10 Cross Flow mower
combination, which was recently named
‘Machine of the Year’ in the mowers
category at the 2019 SIMA Show in Paris.
Pottinger’s revolutionary technology
enables swaths to be merged directly
behind the cutterbar. Thanks to the new
cross conveyor auger the swath is merged
immediately after mowing without needing
a conditioner, offering a cost-effective and
lightweight system for merging swaths.
Additionally its low weight and low power
requirement reduce fuel consumption.
John Deere’s new 9000 Series selfpropelled forage harvester will be
making its UK working debut at this
year’s ScotGrass. It will be demonstrated
alongside the company’s latest wrapping
baler and 6R Series CommandPRO tractor.
The 9000 Series combines the latest
forage harvesting technology with several
efficiency
enhancing
developments
to form the basis of John Deere’s
ScotGrass is a one-day specialist
Grassland event held once every
three years, attracting several
thousand visitors connected with
grassland production. This year’s
event is taking place at the SRUC’s
Crichton Royal Farm, Dumfries DG1
4AS on Wednesday, May 15.
The Lleyn ewes, put to a Lleyn
ram for replacements, as well as
continental ewes and Texel and
Charollais rams are also used to
produce butchers’ lambs.
There will be the opportunity
to see the results of a decision
to use a Charmoise ram on ewe
lamb replacements for the first
time last year to ease lambing.
There is also a small flock of 35
x bred Texel Charollais ewes,
with the ram lambs retained for
breeding
NSA Welsh Sheep will be
held at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor
Glynfllifon, near Caernarfon, on
Tuesday, May 21.
new HarvestMotion concept, which
significantly increases throughput and
enables industry leading fuel economy.
Performance improvements of up to 10 per
cent have been verified through numerous
field tests conducted by John Deere and
several independent research institutes.
There are four models in the new series
from 625 to 970hp, with the flagship 9900
powered by a new 24.2-litre V12 Liebherr
engine with striking twin exhausts. This
provides outstanding torque capacity
and copes easily with peak loads at lower
engine speeds, even beneath 1400rpm.
The large crop channel width of 850mm
is designed to handle the foragers’ higher
throughput, to ensure the best possible
forage quality and chopping efficiency.
In additional to the machinery
demonstrations there will be a series
of Knowledge trail stations covering
Grassland Conservation, quality forage,
Soil Structure, and the use of precision
farming for forage.
Industry experts will also be on hand to
answer questions on technical subjects
affecting the livestock industry, together
with numerous product and service
suppliers.
Cereals event
better than ever
CEREALS is under new management! The
UK’s leading arable event will return to
Boothby Graffoe, Lincoln, on June 12 and
13 for two days of cutting edge technology,
unrivalled education, and groundbreaking
exhibitors displaying their latest and
greatest products and services for visitors.
With the uncertainty that the Brexit
situation brings, and a need to prepare
for unpredictable weather conditions, this
year’s Cereals event is more important
than ever and as a result it will be the
biggest and best it’s ever been.
Under new management, Cereals will
see a number of new features added to the
event.
Those who attend the event for the aweinspiring technology on display will be
pleased to find out that there will now
be a chance for them to actively test and
experience the immense machinery. The
new Ride & Drive area will not only be
a tremendous bit of fun at the event, but
will give visitors the chance to understand
the capabilities of the machines, assessing
them against their own needs.
As well as this, Cereals will proudly
represent farms from across the globe
with the brand new International Farming
Superstars feature. This feature will be a
chance for visitors to hear directly from
farmers working with difficult soils, tricky
weather conditions, and also variants of
crops that might not have been used by
visitors before.
With the incredible array of products
available, understanding the trials and
tribulations of farmers who have dealt with
issues before can provide an avenue to
even further success with new crops. The
farmers will come from Australia, Canada,
Germany and the Netherlands, providing a
broad view into farming practises in some
of the world’s leading countries.
The seminar schedule is a key highlight of
the event and this year will be absolutely no
different. With two new theatres, visitors
will have even more content to digest and
implement back into their own work.
The introduction of the Conservation
Agriculture Theatre will be a dedicated
look into the development of conservation
techniques to benefit the soil, maintain
nutrients, and consistently deliver the
best crops. The Innovation & Technology
Theatre will be a chance to educate
yourself on the emerging trends in arable
technology directly from the experts.

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