The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) at Loughgall, Co. Armagh will host a ‘More from Grass’ event on Tuesday, June 20.

AFBI grassland scientists from Loughgall, Newforge, Crossnacreevy and Hillsborough will be in attendance on the day; along with staff from the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).

Many grassland farms in Northern Ireland are achieving well-below their potential in terms of grass output, according to AFBI.

The ‘More from Grass’ event plans to deal with several key aspects of grassland management which affect production and utilisation.

This will include presentations and demonstrations on:

  • Maximising production from grass;
  • Soil and nutrient management;
  • Grass varieties and species;
  • 'GrassCheck';
  • Grass budgeting;
  • Choosing the best varieties for reseeding.

In addition, there will be supporting stands from AgriSearch, Ulster Grassland Society and the AFBI Hillsborough Feed Information Service on the day.

The organisers of the event are advising visitors to aim to arrive between 12:00pm and 3:00pm in the afternoon, or between 6:00pm and 7:30pm in the evening. It is expected that it will take between one and two hours to make your way around the various stands.

Car and bus parking will be available at Loughgall Country Park. A shuttle-bus service to the Church Field farmyard, Ballygasey Road will be in operation.

The 'More from Grass' event will qualify as an event for Business Development Groups. Farmers will be able to complete registration forms at the event.

Describing this as a "must-attend event", AFBI recommends all grassland farmers, with an interest in maximising grass production and utilisation for efficient livestock production, to attend.