BGS Regular Events

BGS Regular Events

 In 2017 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.

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

British Friesian Breeders Club Open Day - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dairy Farm, Burgh Road, Wheatacre. NR34 0BZ by kind permission of the Burroughs Family, who are winners of the 2016 British Friesian Herd Competition and recently installed a 54 point rotary parlour.

From 11am


British Friesian Breeders Club Open Day - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Killarney Farm, Wash Lane, Forncett St Peter NR16 1LS by kind permission of the
Humphreys. Milking 130 cows, calving all year and grazing from April to

From 11am

Winner's Farm Walk 2017 - Thursday, June 15, 2017

BGS UK Grassland Farmer of the Year

Winner’s Farm Walk

Thursday 15th June 2017

AFBI More from Grass Day - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday 20th June

Afternoon sessions: 12.00noon

Evening sessions: 6.00pm

At: AFBI Plant Breeding Farmyard, Ballegasey Road, Loughgall, Armagh BT61 8HZ

Field visits to preview:

  • New ryegrass and hybrid varieties
  • Alternative grass and legume species for livestock
  • GrassCheck
  • Measurment and budgeting
  • Soil analysis
  • Nutrient planning
  • New proposals for grass variety evaluation
Agroforestry Conference - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL

Organised by Woodland Trust, Royal Forestry Society and Soil Association.

Agroforestry, growing trees in fields, can boost farms’ productivity and profits.

It is farming in 3D, getting two or more crops from the same land.  By growing upwards as well as at ground level productivity is increased, making the best use of light, nutrients and moisture.  Examples include fruit tree alleys in cereal crops, and hedges on livestock farms providing wood fuel.

Summer Meeting 2017 - Shropshire - Booking Open - Monday, July 10, 2017 - Thursday, July 13, 2017

The BGS Summer Meeting 2017 will be held in Shropshire, with main accommodation at Harper Adams University.

Monday 10th - Thursday 13th July 2017

The meeting will offer a diverse farm tour, and an alternative tour taking in some of the surrounding area's places of interest.

2017 BGS AGM - Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday, July 10

BGS members and nominated representatives from affiliated societies requested to attend the 2017 AGM

Weston Lecture Theatre, Harper Adams University


Further details are available from the BGS office

European Conference on Precision : Grassland Satellite meeting - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ECPA 2017 Satellite: Precision Management of Grassland & Grazing Livestock

Livestock Event 2017 - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Please visit the event website for further details.

Information about BGS involvment will be available here soon.

UK Dairy Day - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Please see the event's website for further details:

Information about BGS involvement will be available here soon.


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.