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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.

BGS Council seeks new Trustees - Friday, March 23, 2012

Who Can Apply?
Most people have some skills, knowledge or experience which they can bring to a charity. Trustees should have:
• A strong personal commitment to the charity's aims and objectives.
• MUST be a member of BGS or a nominated representative of an organization or company that is a member.
• Over 18 years of age.

EA Drought Prospect Report - Friday, March 16, 2012

Following the publication of the Environment Agency's Drought Prospects Report this week, the NFU have welcomed measures designed to minimise impacts of potential water shortages this summer.

Several water companies have issued temporary water use bans across Southern and Eastern parts of England which are already in drought, to help conserve available water resources.

Call for IGC abstract submissions - Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The 22nd International Grasslands Congress takes place in Sydney from 15th - 19th September 2013, with the theme 'revitalising grasslands to sustain our communities'. Abstracts for oral presentations at the congress must be submitted by 30th April 2012. After this date contributed papers will be received for poster presentations. 

To submit an abstract for oral presentations or to fill in an expression of interest form to attend the congress visit

Free Range Dairy meetings begin - Thursday, March 8, 2012

At the end of 2011 we announced that Somerset dairy farmer Neil Darwent was looking for dairy farmers to answer a survey for the newly established Free Range Dairy initiative.

Free Range Dairy is a farmer-led initiative to reclaim the value of milk for UK dairy farmers.  The non-profit making organising has been established by Neil to promote the value of pasture-based milk production on UK farms, for the benefit of farmers, cows and consumers.

EGF 2011 Conference Proceedings - Friday, February 24, 2012

The 16th European Grassland Federation Symposium was arranged and hosted in 2011 by the Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein (AREC) in Austria. With the theme of 'Grassland farming and land managment systems in mountainous regions', it attracted over 200 delegates from 30 different countries.

Preference for new cocksfoot - Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cooksfoot has been under-rated for too long and has much to offer UK farmers, according to Rod Bonshor, general manager for Oliver Seeds.

Its extensive rooting system helps keep an open soil structure and can reach down deep for water in times of drought. It copes with extreme conditions such as cold winters and waterlogged soils, and yields well with less nitrogen fertiliser than perennial ryegrass. The seed is also currently cheaper than ryegrass, says Rod.

Extra fodder beet yields achievable - Monday, February 20, 2012

Fodder beet has risen in popularity over the past two years, says Limagrain's Martin Titley.

"Farmers are recognising it is an excellent feed ingredient to balance high starch rations such as maize, as it is high in sugars. It is also extremely palatable.

To support growers, Limagrain UK tested 17 different varieties of fodder beet in 2011. The results show the varieties Blizzard and Robbos produced an extra 0.8t/ha and 0.5t/ha of dry matter yield, respectively, compared to a control variety.

Grass seed will cost more in 2012 - Monday, February 13, 2012

UK farmers will be paying up to 50% more for their grass seed in 2012 compared with 2011, due to short supply and increased Europe-wide demand, says DLF Trifolium.

The company believes this should not put farmers off reseeding or renovating pastures that are underperforming, as the investment is definitely still worthwhile.

“A £20 rise in the cost of an acre of grass seed adds just 82p to the cost of producing one tonne of grass dry matter,” explains Tim Kerridge, agricultural sales director at DLF Trifolium.


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