Launch of the BGS 'UK Grassland Farmer of the Year' competition

Launch of the BGS 'UK Grassland Farmer of the Year' competition

Thursday, March 13, 2014

This week sees the launch of the British Grassland Society’s annual ‘UK Grassland Farmer of the Year’ competition, sponsored by DLF Trifolium and GrowHow UK Ltd.  The Society is looking for entries from BGS members or members of local grassland societies from across the UK.

The competition is designed to award the 'best' grassland farmer in the country; a farmer who demonstrates overall excellence in grassland management, as well as profitable and sustainable farming practices.

In the past the competition has been won by some of the UK’s top dairy, sheep and beef farmers, who carry out grazing, soil and nutrient management, reseeding, silage-making, livestock production and environmental management to the highest level.

Each of the 67 local grassland societies can nominate a member they think is using their grass in an interesting and sustainable way, to go forward to be judged in the regional round. Winners of local silage competitions are also eligible to enter. Entries can be submitted on-line at www.britishgrassland.com from 6 June.

BGS Regional Council Members based around the country, will organise the judging of the local society winners across their region and inform BGS of their winner by 18 July. These farmers will go through to the national stage of the competition.

As well as the title of BGS UK Grassland Farmer of the Year, the overall winner also receives a trophy and a cheque for £500. 

Key dates in 2014

By Friday 6 June – Local Grassland Societies to notify their Regional Council Member of their winner (excluding Wales where dates are set by the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies).

By Friday 18 July – Regional Council Members must notify BGS of their regional winner.

August – National judging takes place to find the overall winner for 2014.

For full details on what the competition entails, how to enter and a list of Regional Council Members, please click here or contact Rachel Greenow at BGS rachel@britishgrassland.com

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