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International Grassland Congress 2013 - Tuesday, June 5, 2012

International Grassland Congress,Sydney 15-19 September 2013

This is the last chance for authors to submit their abastracts if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation at IGC 2013.

Please visit the link below for more information:

More information on IGC2013 will be posted on the BGS website over the next few months.

SWSGS Dinner postponed - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The South West Scotland Grassland Society were due to celebrate 50 years with a Jubilee Dinner on Thursday 31st May in Dumfries.

67th AGM Draft Minutes - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

BGS 67th Annual General Meeting minutes (draft)

Held at Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton, Devon on Sunday 3rd July at the 2011 Summer Meeting

Change of venue for Grassland UK - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

For any of you planning on heading to Shepton Mallet for Grassland UK on Thursday, please note that there has been a change of venue due to the recent heavy rainfall.

The event will be moving from Bridge Farm and Bagborough Farm to the adjacent Bath and West Showground. The popular seminars, tradestands and regular features of this event will continue as normal but the machinery demonstrations will no longer take place, however the machinery will still be on display for viewing.

'Ask a forage question' at Grassland UK - Thursday, May 3, 2012

Got a question about grass or clover? Drop in to the Forage Café at Grassland UK to get an answer from the experts.

The joint EBLEX, DairyCo and British Grassland Society (BGS) stand, which will have the theme ‘Ask a forage question’, will be manned by experienced beef, sheep and dairy producers giving practical advice on all aspects of soil or nutrient management, clover, grass varieties and grazing management.

BGS join Facebook and Twitter - Thursday, April 26, 2012

BGS are pleased to announce that we have now joined Facebook and Twitter. We hope that the move to using social networking sites will allow us to bring you more up-to-date information on activities at BGS and within the wider community of all things grass and forage related.

Don't forget to check our events calendar - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The best way to keep up-to-date with BGS events is to check out our events section and calendar on our website.

Over the coming months BGS will host farm walks, the summer meeting and AGM, the National Grassland Management Competition and will attend the UK Grassland event at the Bath and West showground and the new Welsh Grassland event near Brecon.

Guidance on permanent pasture - Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Defra and RPA have reminded farmers that under European legislation the level of permanent pasture in the UK is to be maintained and the European Commission has proposed that this requirement continues beyond the next CAP reform.

New cross compliance rules may need to be introduced to control the level of permanent pasture if it reduces beyond a certain level. This means that some land may have to be returned to permanent pasture in the future.

Farmers ideas needed for new project - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying - the SOLID project

A recently launched EU project aims to improve the technical performance and economic competitiveness of organic and low input dairy systems in Europe, thus contributing to a more sustainable industry (see A major feature of the project is the involvement of farmers right from the planning stage. In each of nine countries, researchers and farmer representatives will be working together to plan trials which will answer farmers questions and can be carried out on commercial farms.

Warm conditions encourage dock growth - Monday, April 2, 2012

 Higher than normal temperatures and sunshine of the past week has been ideal for docks and they have been taking advantage of this and springing into active growth in silage leys across the UK.

 “Docks roots can extend down into the soil many metres and reach water that grass roots can’t, giving them a head start”, explains David Roberts, grassland specialist with Dow AgroSciences.

 “Where a dock grows, grass doesn’t – so a 10% infestation will reduce grass yield by a corresponding amount.


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