Grassland competition 2015 winner's farm walk & 2016 awards evening

Grassland competition 2015 winner's farm walk & 2016 awards evening

Last year’s Grassland Farmer of the Year winner Colin Boggs will host a BGS farm walk on Wednesday 31st August with competition sponsors Yara and DLF, at Clover Hill Farm, Co. Down in Northern Ireland. Visitors will be able to see how Colin operates a 120-cow Freisian herd, primarily New Zealand with some British, producing a rolling average of 6,530 litres per cow with an impressive 5,161 litres coming from forage. Calving takes place from January to April.

The aim at Clover Hill Farm is to turn cows out as early as possible, which has been challenging this year with the slow start to spring. Grass is kept at the leafy stage by rotationally grazing paddocks and pre-mowing from the second grazing until the end of the growth season, which visitors will be able to see during the farm walk. Colin aims to make the best silage possible, taking the first cut by the third week of May in 2015.

Visiting the farm in early September will allow visitors to see how Colin maintains excellent grass quality throughout the season. We will also hear about any changes at the farm since Colin won the prestigious competition in 2015.

“The past year has been very challenging for dairy farmers with the low milk price, meaning it is even more important to make the most of grass and silage, as the cheapest form of feed”, said Colin Boggs.

The winner of the BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year 2016 competition will be announced at a special awards evening, taking place near Belfast airport on 31st August, hosted by Ulster Grassland Society. The winner will receive the prestigious trophy and a cheque for £500.

Farm walk details
Date: Wednesday August 31
Time: Registration at 10.30 for 11.00 prompt start to farm walk.
Location: Clover Hill 64 Ballynanny Road, Banbridge, County Down BT32 4LQ
Fee: £10 for burger at lunchtime (tea and coffee provided on arrival)
To book contact: George Reid, Secretary of Ulster Grassland Society, on georgereid@ntlworld.com
 
Awards evening details
Date: Wednesday August 31
Time: 19.00 to 22.00
Venue: Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick
Fee: £28.50
A ticket for this event includes a three course evening meal, drink on arrival, one glass of wine and tea/coffee and mints. The evening’s menu includes a range of dishes and locally sourced produce to select from– orders are needed in advance: Please find the awards evening menu selector here. The meal will be followed by the awards presentation.
To book contact: George Reid, Secretary of ulster Grassland Society, on georgereid@ntlworld.com

Information

Event Date: Wed, 31/08/2016

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