BGS Summer Meeting 2017 Gets off to Great Start

BGS Summer Meeting 2017 Gets off to Great Start

Monday, July 10, 2017

Over 50 delegates have gathered at Harper Adams University in Shropshire for the start of the BGS Summer Meeting, with many more joining us for farm tours throughout the county over the next three days.

Doors to the Summer Meeting opened this Monday afternoon, seeing guests from as far afield as Michigan USA join, as well as the length and breadth of the U.K. Activities got off to a great start with visits to the Low-cost Beef from Grass trials, led by academic Simon Marsh on the University farm before the BGS Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Dinner later.  

Integrating the AGM with the Summer Meeting is a BGS tradition, which helps many BGS members and representatives from affiliated societies attend and is the time at which the presidency swaps hands.This year we are delighted to welcome Richard Corlett (pictured), a Lancashire dairy farmer, into the position for 2017/18 and also thank Dr. Johnny Bax for all his hard work in the role over the past 12 months. Prof. Chris Reynolds was also elected as BGS president 2018/19, completing the current presidential team (past, present and elect).

After the opening night’s dinner guests were welcomed by Harper Adams university Vice-chancellor, David Llewellyn and treated to an entertaining introduction to Shropshire’s diverse farming sectors and agricultural community by Chris Martindale, Lloyds Animal Feeds, who made some noteworthy observations on how times have changed since BGS last toured Shropshire in 1995, including how farmers have and will probably continue to, make opportunities out of external challenges; then the average milk price was 24p/l and some thought we would never reach he milk quota - things have changed yet we are still here.

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