DairyCo, EBLEX, BGS Webinars from EGF

DairyCo, EBLEX, BGS Webinars from EGF

Friday, September 5, 2014

From 7 – 11 September 2014, the European Grassland Federation is holding its 25th General Meeting in Aberystwyth. Over the five days of the meeting, world class experts in grass breeding and management will be presenting the most up-to-date research findings from grassland projects undertaken across Europe.

DairyCo, EBLEX, BGS and the organising committee of EGF2014 have teamed up to bring you a series of presentations and videos from the event including three live webinars from internationally renowned speakers which will run at 6pm on 8, 9 and 10 Sept.

Monday 8 Sept: Improving Varieties, Improving Grassland Farming

Dr Trevor Gilliland is Head of the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Plant Testing Station, Crossnacreevy, which conducts the grassland and arable variety testing functions in Northern Ireland. He is a specialist Senior Lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast and has thirty five years research experience into the agronomy, physiology and molecular genetics of various forage crop species.

Trevor will discuss:

  • What has grass breeding achieved in four decades?

  • Translating developments in grass breeding into animal performance?

  • Quality assurance – why do farmers need Recommended Lists?

  • Understanding seeds mixtures – The science behind the mystery!

  • Reseeding – Which varieties? Which mixture type? What benefits?

  • Variety Clinic – your questions answered

Register here

Tuesday 9 Sept: Grazing and Robotic Milking Systems

Dr Valérie Brocard is Project Manager in Dairy Cattle Systems at the L’Institut de l’Elevage, France. L’Institut de l’Elevage is an independent research and development organisation focusing on applied research, technical assistance and technology transfer in livestock systems.

The webinar will cover:

  • Robotic milking and grazing – can it work?

  • Managing grazing in robotic systems

  • Mobile robotic milking systems – a solution to fragmented land?

  • Novel techniques for measuring grazing time and dry matter intake in dairy cows

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Wednesday 10 Sept: The benefits of using novel crops for beef and sheep production

Dr Christina Marley is a research scientist at IBERS in Aberystwyth.  Her research areas include developing the use of home-grown feeds, including chicory, lucerne, red clover and other novel crops, within ruminant systems and to study their effects on animal performance, animal health and farm nutrient use efficiency.

Christina will discuss what the research has to say about:

The value of home-grown feeds to

  • improve livestock performance

  • reduce fertiliser use

  • maintain animal health

Register here

For more information see the event listings on the DairyCo events pages.


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