A precision method of applying slurry to grassland has been developed by slurry management specialists Tramspread. Using a Joskin trailing shoe and disc injector coupled to a Tramspread umbilical kit, the Suffolk-based manufacturer has designed an application system that is capable of extremely accurate distribution of slurry without the need to constantly refill a tanker.
The trailing shoe is perfect for farmers opting for a multi-cut silage system this season. It places the slurry where it is needed, below the crop canopy, so the chance of scorch and odour emission is low whilst nutrient uptake is much higher. Critically for those looking to cut every 4-5 weeks the method of application uses a soil engaging element which parts the grass sward and dribbles the slurry directly onto the ground resulting in very little leaf contamination.
Edwin Baker, director at Tramspread says: “By adapting the Joskin trailing shoe to operate with an umbilical system it means large quantities of slurry can be applied directly on to the soil without the need to refill a tanker. It can be fed by hose reelers of up to 2400m allowing users to cover large areas quickly and efficiently. It is ideal for farmers looking to maximise the potential of their silage by opting for a multi-cut approach and will be a worthwhile investment for years to come.”
The Joskin/Tramspread trailing shoe is available in widths from 3m to 7.74m. With 28 coulters spaced at 21.5cm intervals, it is particularly well suited to umbilical use because it easily copes with the supply from a modern slurry pump.