Soil management in grassland systems: Nairn – Event Summary

13 March 2018

What is soil health and why is it important?Audrey Litterick giving a presentation during the Soil Management in Grassland Systems event

Audrey Litterick from Eartchare Technical Ltd was our first speaker.  Her presentation started off with an explanation in to what soil health was and why it was important.  She then explained the aims and objectives of the AHDB GREAT Soils project and what her expectations were compared to the findings that have been published.  Her presentation finished off with an explaination of the importance of Soil Structure and Drainage and future work linked to GREAT soils.

Paddy Jack from DFL Seeds Ltd was there to discuss grassland varieties, appropriate mixes and forage crops.  Paddy explained grazing practises and what growth stages are important and when you should be looking to take stock off to allow the best re-growth in grass.  Use this link to read Paddy’s presentation slides.

Use the links below to download related information and the delegate information available to take away from the event.


Farming For a Better Climate logoSoil health is key to maintaining productivity and profitability on your farm.  Find out more about what other farmers have done and read practical guides on the Farming For a Better Climate webpage.

Related Downloads
Audrey Litterick’s Presentation slides from the Soil Management in Grassland Systems event
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An Introduction To Grassland Management, Paddy Jack
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Practical Guide: Soil sampling I – How to take a soil sample
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Practical Guide: Soil sampling II – Benefits to your business
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Practical Guide: Managing Soil Phosphorus
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Valuing Your Soils – Practical Guidance for Scottish Farmers
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