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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.

Improved Grassland Management - new edition - Monday, October 17, 2011

Improved Grassland Management - New edition - by John Frame and Scott Laidlaw 

This new, fully updated and revised edition of Improved Grassland Management covers all aspects of grassland management and is of particular relevance to the UK and the Republic of Ireland, although the principles discussed apply to all temperate grassland zones.

Nutrient management help offered - Friday, October 14, 2011

Yhe industry consortium set up to help farmers with their nutrient planning, Tried & Tested, has launched two new documents to aid nutrient management.

BGS 10th Research Conference Proceedings - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Proceedings of the latest BGS Research Conference, held in Belfast in September 2011, include 69 papers on topics from golf ball grazing to assessment of NIR technology. A limited number of printed copies are available or it can be provided in CD format - please state which is prefered in the special instructions box just before confirming payment.

NOTE: Full BGS members can access these proceedings FREE using their members login and then the BGS Conference Proceedings tab will appear among the Publications drop downs from the grey buttons above.


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