Grassland UK 2015

Grassland UK 2015

The much respected one-day triennial show looks to cover every aspect of the livestock farmer's interests, from seeds to feeds, machinery demonstrations, technical advice area, seminars, clamp demonstrations and trade stands from all sectors of the industry.

BGS is working with DairyCo and EBLEX to host the Forage Cafe and Grassland Seminars.

Session 1 – Ground Level

Proposed Chair: Dr. Liz Genever, Eblex


Speaker and Theme


10.00 – 10.30

Rob Burtonshaw, Farm Services ltd and Nuffield Scholar

Drainage Options in Profitable Grassland Management

Is waterlogging restricting your potential to use fields and maximise grass production? This seminar will explore how to assess drainage issues, the options available and planning a drainage solution.

  • Dairy Pro
  • IAgrE CPD record

10.30 – 11.00


Joe Scarratt, Andersons

New CAP – Permanent Pasture, Greening and the role of Grassland.

Are you still getting to grips with the new CAP rules around grasslands and greening or interested in the potential of new agri-environment schemes? This seminar will explore the practical aspects of the new rules, possible opportunities for environmental funding and how to avoid RPA penalty pitfalls.

  • Dairy Pro

11.00 – 11.30


Dr. Debbie McConnell, DairyCo

Soil Compaction: Prevention and Remediation.

As much as 70% of UK Grassland experiences some degree of compaction. This can be caused by animal trampling or machinery trafficking. Different types of compaction require different management approaches in order to restore soil health and productivity. Debbie will highlight the latest research, from trials and on-farm demonstrations, looking at tackling this hidden problem.

  • Dairy Pro

11.30 -12.00

Dr. Jenni Dungait, Rothamsted North Wyke

Grassland Farming in a Changing Climate: Managing Risks and Opportunities.

Dr. Jenni Dungait is a researcher at the North Wyke Farm Platform – a national capability facility exploring the response of different grassland farming systems to changing weather and climate patterns. In this seminar she will outline the key challenges ahead for grassland farms in the UK and look at opportunities such as soil carbon sequestration and new climate resilient grass varieties.

  • Dairy Pro


Session 2 – In Your Field

Proposed Chair: Elaine Jewkes, Director BGS

12.30 – 13.00


Francis Dunne, Field Options

Reseeding: The What and What Not To Dos

Reseeding is arguably the most important operation in the lifecycle of productive grasslands. The productivity, usefulness and ongoing of your grass hinges on can hinge on what you get right or wrong at this important time. Francis will discuss the dos and don’ts of effective reseeding operations, looking at everything from seed to sod.

  • Dairy Pro

13.00 – 14.30


Patrick Goldsworthy, Independent/Voluntary Initiative

Grassland Weed Control and the Management of Pesticides.

Weeds may cost you in terms of lost productivity and feed quality, but the pesticides available to treat them also carry a cost –they are expensive to buy and use and a single drop can pollute an entire reservoir of drinking water. In this seminar Patrick will discuss practical aspects of weed identification and integrated control as well as outlining the legalisation covering the use and management of pesticide chemicals.

  • Dairy Pro
  • NeRoso

14.00 – 14.30

James Windridge, Intelligent Precision Farming

Precision Farming in Grasslands: Where we are Now and Where we are Going.

Making better decisions about land a crop management can reduce resource waste and increase the return that farmers get on their expenditure on inputs. Precision farming technologies aim to provide accurate information to inform such decisions. This seminar explores some of the sensor technology being available for use on farm.

  • Dairy Pro


Session 3 – Feed for Profit

Proposed Chair: Dr Debbie McConnell, DairyCo

14.30 – 15.00

Prof. Liam Sinclair, Harper Adams University

Protein from Forages – Growing high protein forages, their role in diets and performance and their cost saving potential.


Global demand for high protein fed stuffs is set to increase rapidly. As production struggles to keep pace prices of our imported bagged feeds are likely to go up. So, how far can home grown alternatives go towards providing a solution? Nutrition researcher, Liam Sinclair, will provide insight into the role and viability of lucerne, red clover and other home grown options.

  • Dairy Pro

15.00 – 15.30

Dr. Mark Lee, SRUC

Zero Grazing – Can you increase profitably by adding grass?

Opinion is split on zero grazing (aka cut and carry). Dr. Mark Lee has undertaken research comparing cut and carry with mixed ration feeding. In this seminar he will outline some of his findings plus ongoing investigations comparing outdoor grazing with cut and carry.

  • Dairy Pro

15.30 – 16.00

Piers Badnell, DairyCo

The True Value of Silage and How to Avoid Losses.

The best way to cut feed costs is to ensure that the maximum amount of grass grown on-farm ends up in being eaten. Quantity or quality losses through the ensiling and silage feeding process strip value from your grass. This seminar looks at the value of silage and outlines simple management steps you can take from silage making to feeding out that will reduce losses and retain quality.

  • Dairy Pro







Event Date: Thu, 07/05/2015
Event Time: 9.00am


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