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Merry Christmas and Office Closure Dates - Friday, December 19, 2014


The British Grassland Society office will be closed due to annual leave over the Christmas and New Year period, from 24th December to 3rd January.


Countryside Education Visits Accreditation Scheme - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CEVAS courses are undergoing some changes. From January 2015 the two day Open College Network-accredited course will be delivered through two optional routes: an Educational Route that covers mainly school visits with educational aims and outcomes, and a Therapeutic Route that covers a wide range of visitors with mainly therapeutic aims and outcomes. Each route consists of three units, the first of which is common to both.

New Guide helps livestock farmers gain a better understanding of the nutritional composition of grass. - Friday, December 5, 2014

BGS Corporate Member Germinal, have released a new guide for livestock farmers on the nutritional composition of grazed and ensiled grass.

BGS Announcement – New Society Director Appointed - Monday, December 1, 2014

The Trustees of the British Grassland Society are delighted to announce the appointment of Elaine Jewkes as Society Director. Elaine brings to BGS a wealth of experience in research and commerce from her time as a scientist at North Wyke and more recently as Grassland Specialist for GrowHow UK Ltd., as well as a passion for working with farmers and all things grassland. She will take up her post from the beginning of January 2015.


Grass and Forage Crops Handbook from Limagrain - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Limagrain has developed and published a new grass and forage crops handbook for its Sinclair McGill portfolio. Specific sections in weeds, pests and disease that can cause problems in establishment and also in established crops have been included to provide growers with a blueprint for successful grass and forage production.

Press invited to Summer Meeting '15 Launch Event - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cornwall to showcase the best of the region’s grassland production at annual Society gathering.

Over 250 visitors from the farming industry are expected to visit Cornwall next July as Cornwall’s local Grassland Societies play host to the British Grassland Society’s prestigious Summer Meeting.

Speaker List 2015-16 Available - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The 2015-16 BGS Speaker List for affiliated Local Societies is now available.

It contains recommended speakers details from across the industry covering topics from Grassland Management and Silage Making to Water Resource Protection and Carbon Footprinting, with specialists from Dairy Beef and Sheep sectors also indicated.

Supplying sustainable protein in high yielding dairy diets: A demo farm event - Thursday, November 13, 2014

On Wednesday 5th November BGS, DairyCo and the Foote family welcomed interested farmers to an open day led by Prof. Liam Sinclair looking into utilising lucerne as an alternative protein source, held at the Foote’s farm near Truro, Cornwall.

Inspirational Winner of Kirby Cup - Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mrs. Trees Fewster, a longstanding member and current secretary of South Yorkshire Grassland Society has been awarded the Kirby Cup in recognition of her contribution to the society and it’s wider aims.

The Kirby Cup was first presented in 1955 in memory of Mr Kirby, a Grassland Society founder member. Mr Kirby, a MAFF/ADAS adviser, was very keen on developing silage making and home-grown forage utilisation.

Improving Ruminant Production - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Climate change, demographic trends, economics and resource constraints are converging to pose serious challenges for agricultural production. As UK food industry experts warn of a potential UK food crisis, the pressure to produce more from less grows. Increasing the efficiency of ruminant production systems is a vital step towards both financial and environmental sustainability.


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