More grass is encouraged by College

An event in Stornoway being staged by the Scottish Agricultural College next week aims to encourage crofters to grow more grass.

With fodder and concentrate prices going through the roof this winter, improving in-bye grasslands, common grazings and home grown forage has become increasingly important. And the SAC event on 16 March is aimed at helping local crofters get the best out of their grasslands.

The meeting will focus on the use of clover as a nitrogen fixing agent, grassland improvement techniques and the importance of nutrient and soil analysis. There will be a presentation by Richard Huxtable, an SAC consultant from Thainstone who specialises in grassland management and organic farming. SAC’s local advisor, Iain Macmillan, will be speaking about diffuse pollution.

The free event, in Marybank Mission House, next to Lava’s Garage at 7.30pm, is funded by the Scottish Government as part of its Organic Farming and Pollution Prevention Advisory Activities and is open to everyone.

Phone Stornoway SAC office (01851 703103) for information and directions.