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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.

Balancing grass production and animal health - Thursday, September 29, 2011

A free 20 page guide from K+S UK & Eire, which takes into account new RB 209 recommendations, is now available to help balance grass productivity with animal health.

According to the company's technical manager, Jerry McHoul, UK fertiliser use surveys suggest that a large number of farmers are failing to adequately meet grassland needs. "It appears as if almost half of those managing grassland for stock, for example, don't apply sufficient potash for maximum yield with the result that soil reserves are being depleted," he says. 

BGS Award presented to IBERS plant breeders - Friday, September 23, 2011

The work of the IBERS plant breeders at Aberystwyth University has been recognised with the presentation of the British Grassland Society Innovation Award for the development of high water soluble carbohydrate or what farmers know as 'high sugar' varieties.

Red Clover Day Presentations - Monday, September 19, 2011

BGS President, John Downes and family hosted the BGS special interest day, Profiting from Red Clover on September 14th.

The event was sponsored by SilAC

Click on the links below for speaker's presentation slides

Nutrients - George Fisher

BGS is recruiting staff - Sunday, September 18, 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 two positions:

Position 1 - Technical Project Manager

GrowHow sets out growth blueprint - Friday, September 16, 2011

A booklet which demonstrates how moving away from 'a one size fits all approach' to fertiliser recommendations makes sense, especially with global demand keeping fertiliser prices high, is now available from GrowHow UK.

"Blueprint for Growth - Grass  is about looking carefully at the fertiliser options on an individual farm basis," explains GrowHow grassland specialist, Elaine Jewkes. "Action plans can then be developed to take into account the specific requirements of the management system."

New maize list format and additions - Thursday, September 15, 2011

Two key changes have been made to the 2012 NIAB Descriptive List for forage maize, which will help farmers choose the best maize varieties for their situation.

BSPB and NIAB say including data on cell wall digestibility - an increasingly important factor for farmers feeding high levels of maize silage in the diet - will be useful.

Scottish beef and sheep farmer wins NGMC - Thursday, September 8, 2011

The 2011 BGS National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by  DLF-Trifolium and GrowHow UK, has been won by Andrew Nelson from Castle Douglas in Kirkcudbrightshire. The winner was announced at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show.

BGS Grassland Competition Winner announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011

The winner of the BGS National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by GrowHow UK and DLF-Trifolium will be announced at 4pm on Tuesday September 6th on the BGS stand in the Feed and Forage Area at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show, held at the NEC, Birmingham.

Entries were recieved from all seven BGS regions. The final three in the competition will be revealed in the BGS Grass and Forage Farmer magazine on August 29th.


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