Soil Surgery Returns to Dairy Event

UK - The popular soil surgery will be returning to the Dairy Event and Livestock Show, the UK’s largest specialist event with over 450 exhibitors in total to be staged at its new venue, The NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 September.
calendar icon 27 July 2010
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Farmers are invited to bring a sample of established sward, including turf layer, to the clinic where independent dairy specialists, Kingshay and Josephine Scamell, agricultural nutritionist of Ground Nutrition will be assessing soil status, free of charge and offering advice on how to improve its structure.

Soil is arguably the most valuable natural resource on a farm, according to Josephine Scamell. “Higher input costs have led livestock farmers to reconsider their fertiliser inputs and what can actually be achieved from the soil by improving its condition,” she says. “Soil function can be increased by improving the efficiency of its nutrient cycle. That can be achieved through better physical structure, correct chemical and mineral balance, and enhanced biological activity.

“The Soil Surgery will offer a practical soil evaluation 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 inputs.”

RABDF’s chief executive, Nick Everington: “We are expecting huge interest in the soil surgery which offers all livestock farmers good independent advice that will be of real help to their businesses.”

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