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Grass seed selections favour quality - Thursday, January 12, 2012

When dairy farmers are selecting grass varieties for reseeding they now rank D-value and persistence higher than dry matter, according to a British Seed Houses farmer survey. 

This finding reflects changes in priorities over the last 10 years as the merits of producing more milk from grass have become better understood and the choice of higher quality ryegrass varieties has increased, says the company’s agricultural director Paul Billings.

Woodchip pads latest advice - Friday, January 6, 2012

Following on from a Defra LINK Sustainable Livestock Project into woodchip pads, with project partners including BGS, a new booklet has been produced by Eblex called 'Improved design and management of woodchip pads for sustainable out-wintering of livestock'. 

The contents covers everything from size of chips to example costs and tips for managing pads for optimum animal welfare and environmental protection.

HCC plans to make a Welsh language version available shortly.

Pasture-based farmer's initiative wants to hear about your practices - Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Somerset dairy farmer Neil Darwent has established a new farmer-led initiative to reclaim the value of milk for UK dairy farmers. Through 'Free Range Dairy', he is seeking to unite thousands of milk producers who still operate a pasture-based system and engage directly with consumers and politicians, begining with a survey of their farming practices.  

Pasture to Profit - proceedings - Thursday, December 8, 2011

A report from the recent Pasture to Profit conference, published in BGS's Grass and Forage Farmer magazine, highlights how growing more grass and making a successful business of using it is improving farm profits and allowing young people to get on in the industry.

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Improving clamp compaction with new kit - Friday, December 2, 2011

Farmers in the UK are currently achieving typical silage densities of 180 - 220kg of dry matter/cu metre, whereas their counterparts in some European countries are achieving densities of up to 320kg of dry matter/cu metre by using new compaction equipment, according to silage experts Kelvin Cave .

“These compaction improvements, which result in higher nutrient retention, better fermentation and utilisation of clamp space and lower fuel consumption, can produce a considerable saving in overall feed costs,” says Kelvin Cave Ltd.

Methane reduction potential highlighted - Monday, November 21, 2011

The potential for reducing methane emissions from livestock is a significant new inclusion in an updated version of British Seed Houses' technical guide on Aber® High Sugar Grasses.

The booklet highlights on-going research at IBERS Aberystwyth University including work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the current research is part of the Defra-sponsored Sustainable Livestock Production (SLP) LINK programme.

New varieties listed - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The new BarForage catalogue features two new grass varieties and a red clover that have come onto the 2011/12 SAC Recommended Lists.

These - intermediate tetraploid varieties, Seagoe and Braid result from the Barenbrug and AFBI joint breeding programme.

Seagoe boasts top yields for both cutting and grazing, says Barenbrug. "Its grazing yield is the best available on the SAC list and it has an exceptionally long growing season, being one of the top varieties for spring and autumn growth.

HarvestLab analyses forage at harvest - Thursday, November 3, 2011

John Deere's HarvestLab dry matter sensor for self-propelled forage harvesters is now able to analyse a range of crop constituents including sugars, starch, protein and crude fibre content, quickly and accurately while on the move, says the company.

The answers to your soil and fertiliser questions - Friday, October 28, 2011

The British Grassland Society was recently commissioned by Morrisons to develop a uniquely-styled report that provides answers to questions on soils and fertilisers, which were asked by its dairy farmer suppliers.

BGS seeks Technical Project Manager - Monday, October 17, 2011

The British Grassland Society is a rapidly developing organisation with many activities which facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice among farmers, livestock and forage experts and scientists. As part of this development, we are recruiting for a Technical Project Manager, for which a salary of up to £40,000 is available.


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