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Dairy farmer survey - "Cows eat grass don't they?" project - Friday, August 3, 2018

Opportunity for dairy farmers to take part in survey

Cows eat grass, don’t they?

There has been public controversy in recent years about indoor dairy farming. Research has found that the public are concerned about environmental and welfare implications of a move away from pasture based systems towards more year round housing. However no research has been carried out about farmers’ attitudes towards pasture-based and indoor systems.

Farmers in Teifi catchment and Wales - project help needed - Friday, August 3, 2018

A research project focusing on the Teifi catchment in Wales needs volunteer farers in the area and wider in Wales to test a prototype of the pesticide ruoff risk assessment tool they have created (reported in a membrs' newsletter last year). 

Don't lose nutrients with heavy showers and storms forecast - Friday, July 27, 2018

Avoid nutrient losses after long dry period

Friday evening and the weekend sees thundery showers and thunderstorms forecast over much of the UK. With the soil in many places cracking after a long spell without significant rain, there is a risk of nutrient loss to drainage, with implications for water pollution. Heavy rain may not infiltrate the soil well after a long dry spell, and where soils are cracked, much of it can simply flow into cracks and pass almost straight through, taking nutrients with it.

LIC encourage grassland strategies to cope with weather - Friday, July 13, 2018

Following the recent spell of hot, dry weather, which followed a difficult spring, cold, wet and seemingly unending, LIC consulant Sean Chubb offers some pointers on effective management strategies to cope with the vagaries of the climate. It is targeted at Scotland, but can equally be applied elsewhere! Even though there is now rain in the forecast, forage shortages are not going to disappear overnight. 

GRASSLAND STRATEGIES NEEDED IN CURRENT CONDITIONS

Extended deadline for Countryside Stewardship applications - Friday, July 13, 2018

The deadline for Countryside Stewardship Mid-tier applications has been extended to midnight on 31st August, to be processed in time for a start date of January 1st 2019. More details about the application extension can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/application-return-deadline-for-countryside-stewardship-extended

Under 35? Win a once-in-a-lifetime farming trip to New Zealand - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Under 35? Win a once-in-a-lifetime farming trip to New Zealand

Register now for spring farm walks - Friday, April 20, 2018

Booking is open for the spring farm walks organised jontly by BGS, AHDB Dairy and LIC on May 1 at Appledore Farm, Bow, Devon and near Buxton May 3 at Flagg Hall .

The events are free to attend and will offer an opportunity to discuss how grass and forage management can help to build business resilience, vital in these times of cost volatility.

For more details see the Event pages here and here

Come and see BGS at Grassland UK - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Come and see BGS at Grassland UK

With only three weeks to go, we’re looking ahead to this year’s Grassland UK, to be held at the Bath & West showground on May 10.

AHDB events Reducing antibiotic usage - Friday, March 23, 2018

AHDB Dairy are running a series of events around the country on how and why to reduce antibiotic use.

Reducing Antibiotic Usage
A proactive approach to herd health
Practical advice on reducing antibiotic usage through improved biosecurity pre- and post farm gate and effective vaccination use. The meeting will aim to help improve dairy production efficiency through increased dairy cattle health and welfare.

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