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Presentation and poster winners at the 12th BGS Research Conference - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

From 7th – 9th September over 50 delegates gathered in Aberystwyth for the 12th BGS Research Conference, providing a platform for new grassland research to be presented and discussed amongst current, past and future researchers from a wide range of grassland disciplines.

Grassland Competition Finalists 2015 - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Three BGS Grassland Farmer competition finalists have been selected and judged; they now wait to find out who will win at the awards evening on 23rd September.

The value of knowing your nutrients - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015 Summer Meeting principal sponsors, Yara offered each host farmer free soil and manure analyses as a technical theme for the event.

The value of manure and soil analysis in enabling more precise fertiliser/nutrient planning was a key message, as under- or over-application of nutrients is costly, resulting in lower yields and quality, wasted nutrients, or high nitrate impacting on silage fermentation quality.

Soil pH ranged from 5.4 to 7.6; there was some evidence of higher pH being influenced by sand-based bedding material.

Demo Farm Soils Events, South West - Thursday, August 13, 2015

Soil health issues such as soil structure, loss of organic matter and soil biology are important in maintaining a healthy, productive soil that works with rather than against your aims as a farmer.  Recent AHDB funded research has been investigating how farmers can take simple steps to understand grassland soil health, identify issues and choose appropriate, cost-effective solutions.                         

Taw and Torridge Estuary Project - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The North Devon Biosphere is offering grants and advice to farmers in North Devon around the estuary through the Taw Torridge Estuary Project, which is helping to reduce diffuse pollution from agriculture and helping to reduce flood risk. 

The Project is supporting various techniques to reduce diffuse pollution including;

Advanced Training Partnership Courses - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Postgraduate Distance Learning and Workshops for Ruminant Agriculture

There is a wealth of research going on in the UK aimed at finding ways to improve the efficiency and therefore the sustainability of beefsheep and&

Welsh dairy farmers have proved that it is possible to achieve a 100% return on the cost of growing grass. - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The three-year Grass Value study, a key element of the Improving the Welsh Dairy Supply Chain initiative, has shown that pasture is worth £197 tonne/dry matter - £100 t/DM less than it costs to grow.

The best paddocks even managed to produce grass for as little as £40/tonne - by growing 15.2 t DM/ha.

Commercial units sought for beef efficiency project - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

AHDB is seeking to recruit two or three commercial beef units where feed efficiency measurements in growing beef cattle can be recorded as part of this project. The farms must have dedicated shed capacity, a good handling system and be able to install specific feeding equipment to enable the recording of individual feed intake of cattle.

Reflections from EGF 2015 - Thursday, July 30, 2015

15th – 17th June the European Grassland Federation (EGF) held their 18th Symposium, hosted by the Netherlands Society for Grass and Fodder Crops in Wageningen, also know as ‘Food Valley’.

Rhian wins funding to IFAJ in New Zealand with milk from forage story - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rhian Price, Farmers Weekly Deputy Livestock Editor, has received the Germinal Grass Champions Travel Bursary for 2015. 

The Germinal Grass Champions Travel Bursary is designed to encourage good technical writing about grassland in farming, which includes anything within the broad scope of research, plant breeding, management and utilisation.


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