BGS Regular Events

BGS Regular Events

 In 2016 BGS will be holding many of our regular events and activities. Please keep up-to-date through our website calendar, members e-newsletter and social media feeds.


In the spring we will be holding our regular RABDF-AHDB Dairy-BGS Spring Farm Walks in Lancashire on Wednesday 20th April and Wiltshire on Wednesday 4th May as part of the 'Milking Grass for Profit' series moving around the UK. We will also be attending ScotGrass 2016 on the 18th May.

On the 9th June we will be at the Welsh Grassland Event, held this year at the Rhug Estate, Corwen. This event will also see the launch of the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists for England and Wales. BGS will also be attending several other events across Wales organised by the Fedeartion of Welsh Grassland Events to celebrate their Golden Jubilee.

Our annual Summer Meeting and AGM takes place iearlier than usual this year from 19th-22nd June and sees us heading overseas to Brittany. Further details to be announced in the spring.

July will see us at the Forage Field knowledge transfer demonstration stand at the Livestock Event on the 6th and 7th. Also in July our judges will be busy undertaking the final rounds of our annual Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition. 

BGS will also be out and about at many of the shows and local events. 


Summer Meeting

Three-day study tour, usually in early July, to see the strengths and problems of grassland in a different region each year with visits to grass farms and research institutions.


Two or three days on specialist grass and forage topics or targeting particular groups:  The Research Conference series, every second year, welcomes young researchers presenting their first talk or poster. 

Special Interest days

Focused discussions with highly topical and sometimes controversial speakers to challenge your current ways of thinking, e.g Red Clover, Haylage, Horse Grazing.

Farm walks

Visits to leading grassland managers farms to investigate their techniques and share knowledge.

Upcoming Events

BGS, BSAS, BSSS Winter Meeting - Trace Elements - Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Poster Service Notice:If you are interested in finding out more about a poster-service that can print and deliver your poster to the meeting venue (and more), you may be interested in Professional Posterservice run by Dr. Anjo Elgersma. For more information visit: or contact Anjo on:

Somerset Grassland Society Meeting - Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MARCH 1st, 2017
Lyndon Edwards, Farmer & OMSCo Council Member,

For further details please contact Rachel Horler, tel: 01278 783524

Durham Grassland Society - Monday, March 6, 2017

The Durham Grassland Society
Monday 6th March 2017 The George Hotel, Piercebridge, Darlington DL2 3SW
7.30pm prompt start

“Presentation in PICTURES” Silage Farm Walk 2017
Presented by Julie Sargent and Tony Hoile – Silage Competition Judges

Dorset Meeting - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The March meeting will be on Tuesday the 7th 7.30pm at Pearce Seeds, Rosedown Farm, Sherborne.

Free Range Dairy Conference - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tue, March 7, 2017, 10:00am – 4:30pm

At: Stafford Beacon Conference Centre, Anson Court, Staffordshire Technology Park, Stafford ST18 0GB


10.00 Arrival & Registration - coffee

10.30 Welcome & introduction - Neil Darwent & Carol Lever (Free Range Dairy Network)

First session: Sustainability and value in milk

Gloucestershire Grassland Meeting - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Achieving more from less
Johnny Alvis, Nuffield Scholar, Lye Cross Farm

Whitminster Inn, Whitminster (GL2 7NY), on the A38 - 7.30pm for 8pm start. 

North Devon Grassland Society Meeting - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

15th March 2017 at Cedars, Barnstaple

Speaker: Farmers Forum
Farmers: TBC  
Sponsor: Mole Valley Farmers

Contact: David Budd. Mobile: 07774 196792 or Email:

Somerset Grassland Society Meeting - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

APRIL 5th, 2017
Andrew Brewer, Farmers & Nuffield Scholar, Cornwall
plus Silage competition results

For further details please contact Rachel Horler, tel: 01278 783524

EGF Symposium 2017 - Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Wednesday, May 10, 2017
“Grassland resources for extensive farming systems in marginal lands: major drivers and future scenarios”
Alghero, Sardinia (Italy) 7-10 May 2017

The Institute for Animal Production System in Mediterranean Environment (ISPAAM) – Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Sciences (DiSBA), of the Italian National Research Co

Grassland and Muck 2017 - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Thursday, May 25, 2017

Grassland & Muck 2017 will be bigger and better than ever and will be your chance to see all the latest machines in action. The 190 acre event covers every aspect of grassland management, helping you make the most of your grass, from varieties and establishment to harvesting, baling, ensiling and feeding.

Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.


BGS Members BGS is a membership organisation which acts as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage.

Local Societies

BGS Members Use our Local Society directory to locate your nearest societies, information resources and experts on grassland farming and foraging.