News from BGS Grazing Partners

News from BGS Grazing Partners

Friday, January 29, 2010

New BGS Grazing Partners ready to help grassland farmers this spring

Nine livestock farmers from across England and Wales have joined the growing team of British Grassland Society (BGS) Grazing Partners today (28 January 2010), after completing a training course in mentoring skills held near Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

Launched last summer, the mentorship scheme uses experienced and successful dairy, beef and sheep farmers to mentor producers less confident in grassland management skills, so they can increase grass utilisation and cut their costs of production.

"We trained our first nine Grazing Partners in June last year and were surprised at the demand for their services," explains the scheme's project manager Sara Gregson, who saw a similar initiative working in the Canadian suckler cow industry during a Nuffield Farming Scholarship.

"With 21 farmers already matched to a grazing partner and several on a waiting list, we were keen to train more ready for the forthcoming grazing season."

The new BGS Grazing Partners are: Malcolm Fewster (West Yorkshire), Andy King (Somerset), Neale Manning (Shropshire), Simon Martin (Wiltshire), Tim Simons (Pembrokeshire), Nick Spencer (Gloucestershire) - supported by DairyCo; Hefin Llwyd (Devon) and Stuart Stark (Yorkshire) supported by EBLEX and Glasnant Morgan (Powys) supported by BGS.

The mentors will undertake two visits to producer's in their area to suggest ideas and discuss options for improving grassland productivity and use.

The farmer pays an initial £50 administration fee, but receives the help and guidance of the mentor free of charge. On-going support by phone, email or further meetings can also be arranged directly with the grazing partner. 

For more information and details of the BGS Grazing Partners in your area, call Sara Gregson on 01799 530934 or email sara@saragregson.co.uk.

 

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