Congratulations to our 2016 Winner: Eurig Jenkins, Pentrefelin Farm near Lampeter, Ceredigion (dairy).
The two other finalits were: Richard Fryer a dairy farmer from Cheshire and William Ingram a sheep farmer from Aberdeenshire.
Very well done to the other 2016 regional winners: Alan Wallace, Northern Ireland; John Oulton, Northern; Tony Robinson, Southern; Mark Read, South West.
A list of previous winners can be viewed here.
The 'BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year' competition superseded the 'National Grassland Management Competition' in 2013.
It is designed to award the 'best' grassland farmer in the country; a farmer who demonstrates overall excellence in grassland management and is a successful contributor towards profitable and sustainable farming practices.
The competition examines the farmer's approach to the following areas:
The winner of this prestigious competition will receive a trophy and a cheque for £500.
The British Grassland Society is indebted to DLF and Yara for generously sponsoring this competition in 2016.
The competition is open to all full BGS members and local society members. The entrant can be based anywhere in the UK, providing they go through the correct application procedure (detailed below).
Winners of local silage competitions are eligible to enter. If you reach the final three of the competition you will not be allowed to enter the competition in the following year.
DATES FOR 2017
Local Societies to notify its winner to Regional Council Member
Friday 2nd June
Regional Council Member to notify BGS of regional round winner
Friday 14th July
National judges choose top three farmers from regional rounds
Tuesday 8th August
National judges visit three finalist's farms
Mon 22nd – Tues 23rd August
Local societies in Wales must use the forms and deadlines set out by the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies (FWGS) to find their local winners and Wales regional winner.
The awards ceremony will take place in October (TBC), hosted by Ulster Grassland Society, the local society of 2015 UK Grassland Farmer of the Year competition winner Colin Boggs. Further details will be made available nearer the time.
There will also be a ‘Winner’s Farm Walk’ hosted by the previous year’s winner in the summer of 2016.
The British Grassland Society is indebted to DLF and Yara for generously sponsoring this competition. Each sponsor organisation provides a judge for the competition to work alongside a head judge and the previous year’s competition winner. Let’s meet our competition sponsors and judges!
Paddy Jack (DLF)
“DLF is the world’s largest investor in grass and clover seed breeding with more varieties on the UK Recommended Lists than any other breeder. So it is natural for us to have an interest in farmers who are turning that breeding investment into a profit on farm. As breeders we have achieved a great deal over the years but this work only truly pays off if the grass and clover varieties we produce are properly managed.
The BGS 'UK Grassland Farmer of the Year' competition is the most prestigious of all grassland competitions. The farmers who enter this competition set themseleves high standards and are an inspiration to others. It is exactly this sharing of knowledge and knowhow that will help more farmers achieve their grassland potential”.
For more from DLF please visit their website here.
To watch a short video about DLF please click here.
Nigel Hester (Yara)
"Yara has long recognised that whether growing grass for grazing or looking to reduce feed costs through better silage management, choosing the right balance of nutrients applied at the right time plays a vital role in growing grass successfully - for both yield and quality.
This is why from an Research and Development Programme over many years we have developed a complete range of grassland fertilizers, management and timing advice to enable our farmer customers to balance the nutrient requirement of their grass. Quality fertilizers that provide the balance between what a farm has, and what the grass needs to deliver the yield and quality the livestock farmer wants – whether for dairy, beef or sheep – and whether for grazing or housed feeding.
We believe ‘if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it’ and soil and herbage analysis has a role to play in choosing the right fertilizer for the farm. This is clearly the ‘attention to detail’ philosophy held by members of the BGS and why we are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to be involved with the prestigious 2015 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition". Rosie Carne, Marketing, Communications and Agronomy Manager, Yara UK and Ireland.
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Glasnant Morgan (head judge) Please note that a new head judge will be announced for 2017
BGS are delighted to announce that Glasnant Morgan of Pwllyrhwyaid Farm, Talybont-on-Usk near Brecon will be the head judge of the competition for the second year in 2015. Glasnant is well known and very well respected within the industry, and finalists will benefit enormously from his wisdom and input.
Glasnant won the competition in 2005, due to his excellent grassland, forage crops, stockmanship and environmental stewardship. He runs 1,000 ewes and 50 suckler cows on 370 acres in the Brecon Beacons. The judges said “Glasnant is commended as a worthy national winner based on the excellence of his business and technical performance.”
Eurig Jenkins (2016 winner)
Eurig runs a 400-strong herd of New Zealand Friesian cows, under a spring-block calving and grazing focused system at Pentrefelin, in mid Wales. The farm extends some 290 hectares, over mostly clay soils at altitudes between 76 – 310 meters.
“I greatly believe that there is a younger generation of farmers in the UK ready to feed the population in the years ahead. They don’t get the credit that they deserve because of working on family farms which can sometimes be very frustrating especially where a lack of enthusiasm leads to being stuck in a rut with no new ideas implemented”. Eurig Jenkins
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.