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'Why Grass Matters' on BBC Farming Today - Monday, April 28, 2014

BBC Radio 4's 'Farming Today' programme has begun a week looking at 'Why Grass Matters', examining grass as a fundamental ingredient in milk and meat production. The programme asks if farmers are making the most of grass as a national resource, both for food and the environment?

Grassland Soil Assessment Tool initial consultation events - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The SRUC Dairy Centre would like to invite you to join them in helping in the development of a DairyCo/EBLEX Grassland Soil Assessment Tool and a Soil Biology Guide for farmers and industry.

Initial consultation events (with up to 30 participants at each) are taking place as follows:

Launch of the BGS 'UK Grassland Farmer of the Year' competition - Thursday, March 13, 2014

This week sees the launch of the British Grassland Society’s annual ‘UK Grassland Farmer of the Year’ competition, sponsored by DLF Trifolium and GrowHow UK Ltd.  The Society is looking for entries from BGS members or members of local grassland societies from across the UK.

The competition is designed to award the 'best' grassland farmer in the country; a farmer who demonstrates overall excellence in grassland management, as well as profitable and sustainable farming practices.

Livestock Event 2014 Scam - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Please be aware that EXPO Guide are once again approaching existing exhibitors of the Livestock Event and asking them to provide company details so they get listed within the on-line directory.  Once you complete this form and return it they then bill you for your listing.  RABDF Events Ltd and the Livestock Event are in no way associated with this company and all official listings are done with Farmers Weekly our official media partners. If you have any queries regarding the above scam please contact the Event office on 0845 845 2711.

Spring Farm Walk bookings now open - Thursday, February 13, 2014

BGS, RABDF and DairyCo are pleased to announce that the annual series of 'Milking Grass for Profit' spring farm walks will travel to both ends of the country in 2014.

The first walk takes place courtesy of The Earl and and Countess of Inchcape at Glenapp Estate, Ballantrae, South Ayrshire before travelling south to a farm walk hosted by Paul Richards at Trembethow Manor, Lelant Downs, Hayle in Cornwall. 

Registration now open!

AFBI Senior Scientific Officer position - Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI) are looking to recruit a Senior Scientific Officer - Sustainable Dairy Systems to be based at AFBI Hillsborough, NI.

Completed application forms must be received no later than noon (UK time) on Friday 28th February

Click here to view the full job description and for details of how to apply.

ATP - Upcoming Training Events - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

 Advanced Training Partnership - Sustainable & Efficient Food Production


Training and Education for Pasture-based Agriculture

This Advanced Training Partnership provides a unique training opportunity for professionals working with and within the extensive beef, sheep and dairy supply chains which allows them to access the latest relevant research from IBERS  - Aberystwyth University, Bangor University and NIAB-TAG, in a format most suited to their needs.

Regional Council Members volunteers wanted! - Thursday, January 23, 2014

Would you like to be involved in strengthening the link between BGS and local grassland societies?

In 2013 the BGS English regions were redefined in line with the RDPE regions, making it easier for Local Grassland Societies to access regional funding for their programmes.  

This means that there are a number of vacancies on Council at the present time.

Christmas office closing dates - Monday, December 16, 2013

BGS are happy to say that we are now moved in to our new office on Stoneleigh Park, and following the disruption last Thursday and Friday we are now fully operational.

We regret to inform you that the office will be closed for a couple of weeks over the Christmas period:

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th December,

Monday 30th December - Friday 3rd January 2014

Targeting profit per hectare winning formula - Monday, December 16, 2013

Most of you will know by now that Mathew Venables of Pigeon House Farm, Cheshire won the BGS UK Grassland Farmer of the Year title for 2013.

A recent article in the Farmers Guardian profiles contract farmers Mat and wife Nikki, highlighting the success they have had on the farm, making them deserved winners of the prestigeous competition:

Dairy: Targeting profit per hectare winning formula for grassland winner


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