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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

BGS are moving office! - Monday, December 9, 2013

We are pleased to inform you that BGS will be moving office to Stoneleigh Park this Thursday 12th December. The new office address can be found below and on the Contact page. There will be no change to the office phone number or to staff email addresses.

Name change for British Seed Houses - Thursday, December 5, 2013

As of Monday 2nd December, British Seed Houses have a new name, becoming Germinal Seeds GB.

The change of name is being made to clarify the company's position within the Germinal Holdings group and to maintain consistency with other Germinal companies across the world.

Germinal Holdings interests now extend beyond the British Isles, with seed production, research and development and sales now taking place across Europe and as far afield as New Zealand.

EGF Conference Registration Opens - Thursday, December 5, 2013

EGF2014 in Aberystwyth,  7 - 11 September 2014

In 2014 the EGF will be 50 years old. To celebrate this important event the 25th General Meeting of the EGF, with the theme 'EGF at 50: the future of European Grasslands' will be held in Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K. from 7 - 11 September 2014.

The registration fee of £360 includes the conference proceedings, lunches, coffee breaks, welcome drink and reception, mid-conference tour and conference banquet. 

First BGS & NFYFC competition winner announced - Monday, October 28, 2013

Sarah Hurford has been named the 'BGS & NFYFC Grass Farmer for the Future' at an awards ceremony held in Fishguard on Wednesday, 23rd October. 

In September, BGS and NFYFC ran the very first grassland training day for young farmers from across England, with the support of a grant from Defra. The event was hosted by Tim Downes on his organic dairy farm in Shropshire.

Mathew Venables named BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year 2013 - Friday, October 25, 2013

Cheshire dairy farmer Mathew Venables has won the UK Grassland Farmer of the Year Award, run annually by the British Grassland Society (BGS).

BGS president Helen Mathieu, along with representatives of competition sponsors GrowHow and DLF Trifolium, announced the winner at a dedicated awards ceremony, in Fishguard, West Wales on Wednesday (23 October).

BGS Innovation Award for Louise as BGS say farewell - Friday, October 25, 2013

Louise Davison has won the BGS Innovation Award at the BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year awards ceremony in Fishguard.

The BGS Innovation Award seeks to recognise those who are currently making an outstanding contribution to the development, understanding or application of grassland and forage crop husbandry and technology. 

The award provides recognition for those making a recent impact at a technical, communication or practical level. 


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