Herbage Variety Guide and Grass Seed Merchants

Herbage Variety Guide and Grass Seed Merchants

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Funding has thankfully been secured for the NIAB Recommended Lists for Grass and Clover for England and Wales to continue for at least the next three years.  And you can order your copy now, free in the online bookshop.

During the winter of 2009, it became clear that reductions in levy collected in recent years would leave a shortfall for establishing trials for data to be compiled for the 2010 NIAB Recommended Grass and Clover Lists.

And so, farmers would get no more independent variety data after 2009 with which to compare the components of a seed mix being selected.

BGS feared that this would see an already competitive market for forage seed become much more price led, with no quality safety net. It would also make it difficult to select mixtures for more specialised requirements, such as crown rust resistance or a bias towards autumn growth.

To avoid a substantial increase in levy on seed, which would likely result in levy payers dropping out of the scheme, it was necessary to seek alternative funding to restructure the scheme - or it would have to end.

The British Society of Plant Breeders and BGS are pleased to announce that DairyCo and EBLEX have agreed to help fund the scheme over the next three years.  NFU has also offered to support the scheme in 2009-2010.

We will be working together with these new partners on implementing a plan to secure the recommended list trials for the long-term. This will include a staged increase in the levy paid by merchants, who we must  ensure receive clear benefits of belonging to the scheme, including ensuring farmers know who is paying levy - as in the list below.

We also need everyone buying seed to tell seed merchants you want them to pay levy towards NIAB testing and encourage them to use variety data on individual varieties. This will ensure you get the best mixture and hopefully see more merchants join the scheme, for which they pay just a few pence on each kg of seed sold.

Once again for 2009, BGS, BSPB and NIAB are producing the Herbage Varieties Guide farmer booklet of NIAB recommended varieties.

This booklet contains selected information from the data, to help farmers check what is in a mix is basically suitable. Levy paying merchants have far more detail and can use this to design mixtures to ensure optimum performance of reseeds.

To get the right mix, its important to give a merchant/retailer the correct details on use of the sward, so this year the booklet also contains a new order form page.

Copies of the Herbage Varieties Guide 2009/NIAB lists will be available at Grassland UK on May 7th, from the BGS stand in the seminar marquee and many other stands at the event, or from BGS by e-mail  office@britishgrassland.com   

These merchants all pay towards NIAB Recommended List testing:  

A & T Simpson
48/50 Whitesands, Dumfries, DG1 2RS
01387 252849
A F B Farm Supplies
Unit 23, W O Sheeran Industrial Estate, Stanthorne, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 OLH
01606 836464 
Agricultural Central Trading Ltd
90 The Broadway, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1EG
08000 275276
Agrifactors (Southern) Ltd
Streetfield Farm, Cade Street, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 9BS
01435 863964
AJ and M A Walley
Sandilands, Over Peover,
Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8UJ
01625 861361
Armstrong Richardson & Co Ltd
Mount Pleasant Way, Business Park, Stokesley, N Yorks,
01642 718280
Arthur Evans & Son
Eifonydd, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 4HU
01559 363263
Barenbrug UK Ltd
33 Perkins Road, Rougham Ind. Estate, Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk, IP30 9ND
01359 272000
Bartholomews Agri Food Ltd
Portfield, Chichester, West    Sussex, PO19 7TT
01243 784171
Bowerings Animal Feeds Ltd
The Docks, Bridgewater,
Somerset, TA6 3EX
01278 458191
Brandsby Agricultural Trading Association Ltd
Main Street, Amotherby, Malton, N Yorks, YO17 6TA
01653 605200
British Seed Houses
Camp Road, Witham St Hughs, Lincolnshire, LN6 9QJ
01522 868714
British Seed Houses
Portview Road, Avonmouth,
Bristol, BS11 9JH
0117 982 3691
Campbell & Penty Ltd
40 Holgate Road, York,
N Yorks, YO24 4AB
01904 653631
Carmarthen  &  Pumsaint
Farmers Ltd
Myrtle Hill, Pensarn, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 2NG
01267 236794
Carney Agricultural Services
Bleak House Farm, Allens Drove, Gorefield, Cambs,
PE13 4PD
01945 410416
Clyst Valley Seeds Ltd
104 Clyst Valley Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon,
01392 874543
Countrywide Farmers
Seed Dept, Defford Mill, Earls Croome, Worcester, WR8 9DF
01386 757314
David McLennan Wharam
Oak View House, The Green, North Duffield, Selby,
North Yorks, YO8 5RF  
07885 834403
Day & Sons
3 Irthlingborough Road, Finedon, Wellingborough, Northants,
NN9 5EH  0800 015 3235
DLF Trifolium
Thorn Farm, Evesham Road, Inkberrow, Worcs, WR7 4LJ
01386 791101
Dugdale Nutrition
Bellman Mill, Salthill, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 1QW
01200 420200
Duke's & Botley Agriculture Ltd
Botley Mills, Botley,
Southampton, Hants, SO30 2GB
01489 780033
Enterprise Seeds Ltd
Little Hale Fen, Sleaford,
Lincs, NG34 9BG
01529 460021
Farmway Ltd
Cock Lane, Piercebridge, Darlington, Durham, DL2 3JJ
01325 504600
Field Options Ltd
The Old Police Station, Market Hall St, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3DP   01544 231558
Frontier Agriculture Ltd
Witham St Hughs, Lincoln,   Lincs, LN6 9TN
01522 556600
G B Seeds Ltd
Maltings Lane, Ingham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 1NB
01284 729200
G Williams & Co (Seeds) Ltd
Beaufort House, Amelia Court, Swanton Close, Retford, Notts, DN22 7HJ
01777 860170
Unit 3, Airfield Industrial Park, Langton Green, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7HN
01379 871073
Hay & Brecon Farmers Ltd
Newport Street, Hay on Wye, Hereford, HR3 5BZ
01497 820516
Heygate & Sons Ltd
Bugbrooke Mills, Bugbrooke, Northampton, Northants,
01604 833250
Horizon Seeds
Unit 3, Airfield Industrial Park, Langton Green, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7HN
01379 873377
J & P Turner
Arrow Mills, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3DU
01544 230536
J R L Clarke
69 Rugby Road, Clifton-on- Dunsmore, Warks, CV23 0DE
07860 595743
Jeremy Evans Seeds
The Orchard, Little Compton, Moreton in Marsh, Glos,
GL56 0RS
01608 674241
Distillery Farm, Welbourne Lane, Holbeach, Spalding, Lincs,
PE12 7PY
01406 421599
Kingshay Farming Trust
Bridge Farm, West Bradley,
Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8LU
01458 851555
Lillico Attlee
The Forstal, Beddow Way,
Aylesford, Maidstone, Kent, ME20 7BT
01622 718062
Limagrain UK
Camp Road, Witham St Hughs, Lincs, LN6 9TW
01522 861300
M A Grigg
Pendennis, Sticker,
St Austell, Cornwall,
PL26 7JH
01726 65656
Masstock (UK) Ltd
Finmere Arable Centre,
Tingewick, Buckinghamshire,
MK18 4NQ
01280 848848
Matford Arable Systems Ltd
Matford Barton, Alphington,
Exeter, Devon, EX2 8XW
01392 424265
McCreath Simpson & Prentice
Ordfield House, Tweedside Trading Estate, Berwick on Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2XZ
01289 333391
Mole Avon Trading Ltd
Mill Street, Crediton, Devon, EX17 1HL
01363 774786
Mole Valley Feed Solutions Ltd
Station Road, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3BH
01769 573431
Nickerson Direct
Rothwell, Market Rasen,
Lincs, LN7 6DT
01472 371471
NWF Agriculture Ltd
Wardle, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6AQ
0800 262397
Openfield Agriculture Ltd
Barrow Hill Barn, Barrow Hill, Goodworth Clatford, Andover, Hants, SP11 7RG
01476 862730
Organic Seed Producers Ltd
Stone Cottage, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9AF
01359 270410
Oliver Seeds
Units 3, Saxilby Enterprise Park, Skellingthorpe Rd, Saxilby,
Lincs, LN1 2LR
01522 706500
P & A King Bros Agriculture Ltd
Lane Ends Farm, Cross Lane, Salterforth, Barnoldswick,
Lancs, BB18 5UD
01282 813118
P G Grass Seeds
Thorpe House Farm, Raunds, Northants, NN9 6LH
01933 624255
Pearce Seeds Ltd
Rosedown Farm, Marston Road, Sherborne, Dorset,
01935 811400
Peter Glossop Seeds
Knoyle Down Farmhouse,
Chicklade, Salisbury,
 Wilts, SP3 5SW
01747 820363
Pro Cam CP Ltd
Saxon Way, Melbourn,
Royston, Hertfordshire,
01763  261592
Roskilly & Henwood
Tregartha, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL4 3NL
01579 343125
Ryedale Seeds
Boswell House, Broughton,
Malton, N Yorks, YO17 6QG
01653 600318
Sherbourne Processing  Company
Rosedown Farm, Marston Rd, Sherbourne, Dorset, DT9 4SX
01935 389226
Sherratt Farm Supplies Ltd
Minton House, 17 New Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5AE
01939 232468
South West Lancashire
Farmers Ltd
Blaguegate Lane, Skelmersdale, Lancs, WN8 8TZ
01695 724331
Starlyne Feeds Ltd
3 Irthlingborough Road, Finedon, Wellingborough, Northants,
0800 0152205
T & W Rimmer
Bickerstaffe Hall, Bickerstaffe, Ormskirk, Lancs, L39 OEH
01695 722023
The Courtyard Partnership
Unit 5, Dorcan Business Village, Dorcan, Swindon, Wilts, SN3 5HU
07971 555310
Tom Nellist - Farmwell
The Mill, Builth Farm,
Eau Withington, Hereford,
Herefordshire, HR1 3NQ
01432 851822
Trevor Birchall Agriculture
Suddon Grange Farm,
Wincanton, Somerset,
01963 824440
Tucker Seeds
Brewery Meadow, Stonepark, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7DG
01364 652233
W E Jameson & Son Ltd
Foxholme Lane Mill, Masham, Ripon, North Yorks, HG4 4EL
01765 689666
Western Seeds Ltd
Clover Park Farm, Robeston Wathen, Narberth,
Pembrokeshire, SA67 8EY
01834 861904
Wynnstay Group plc
Astley Park, Shrewsbury,
01939 210777
Yorkshire Arable Advice
Grimthorpe Farms, C/o Wagstaff Bros, Westfield Farm, Sutton on Forrest, North Yorks,
YO61 1EN
01423 870218


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