Last chance to book for Summer Meeting in Brittany

Last chance to book for Summer Meeting in Brittany

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This year sees BGS making a diversion from the norm, heading away from the British Isles for our Summer Meeting. In a little under two weeks we’ll be departing from Portsmouth to head down to Rennes in the east of Brittany in north-western France. The visit will be an opportunity to discover the similarities and differences surrounding the challenges and possibilities of grassland farming there, compared to here, which we’ll hear about from French farmers and grassland researchers through the variety of visits we’ve lined-up.

Booking will close at the end of this week (3rd June), so please do not delay in contacting us to reserve your place.

Day one: 19th June

Arrive at Portsmouth by 1.45 pm. Depart from Portsmouth at 3.15 pm, arriving in France at 7.15 pm before driving by coach to Rennes.

Day two: 20th June

Visiting two dairy farms. Our first stop will be a 55-cow dairy unit near Ruffiac, south-west of Rennes. Production from forage is optimised on this 53.5ha farm, which focuses on quality grass/clover leys as well as utilising Lucerne, tritcale and maize (silage and grain).

The afternoon visit is to Gaec de la Branchette in Argenture du Plessis, east of Rennes. This organic dairy farm run by the Lemesle family has 180 cows over 180ha, with a diversified enterprise also producing organic breads and offering holiday accommodation.

Later on, we have an evening visit arranged to the Cité du Lait (city of milk) dairy museum, Lactopole. The BGS AGM will take place after the tour at 7.30pm, followed by a buffet supper with wine.

Day three: 21st June

On Tuesday we will have three farm visits. Our morning and early afternoon visits will be to beef farms, whilst later we will move on to a dairy farm with robotic milking.

After dinner near our hotel, there will be an opportunity to go into the centre of Rennes to enjoy the festivities and music performances that will mark Music Day in France.

Day four: 22nd June

On Wednesday morning we will visit the Normandy Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture experimental farm at St Lô, before continuing our journey to Cherbourg for the afternoon ferry to Portsmouth, arriving back in Portsmouth at 7.00pm.

It’s certainly going to be a Summer Meeting that will be remembered and talked about for many years to come. Make sure you are part of it and book today! You can book online at or by contacting the BGS office.



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