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BGS 10th Research Conference accepted papers - Friday, June 3, 2011

BGS are pleased to publish the list of accepted papers for this year's 10th Research Conference.  The conference will be held in Belfast on 20th and 21st September and include a tour of the AFBI Hillsborough facilities on the second day.

Click here for a list of accepted papers

Ian Gillies is awarded the Kirby Memorial Cup - Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Yorkshire Grassland Society Kirby Memorial Cup was presented to Ian Gillies for services to the Yorkshire Grassland Society.  For many years Ian was secretary for the Yorkshire Grassland Society and the South Yorkshire branch and is now president of the South Yorkshire Grassland Society. He is also an active member of the British Grassland Society.

Stapledon Memorial Trust - Bursary Awards - Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Stapledon Memorial Trust, set up in memory of BGS founder member Sir George Stapledon, has kindly agreed to offer bursaries for the BGS 10th Research Conference.

Bursaries are available to post-graduate students under 28 years of age when the conference takes place.  The dates this year are 21st & 22nd September 2011.

The full programme will be available shortly on the website.  For details of the bursary email

Success at Grassland & Muck Event - Monday, May 23, 2011

Almost 15,000 visitors attended the triennial Grassland & Muck 2011 event held at Stoneleigh, an increase of 2900 compared to three years ago when the event was last held, according to RASE. 

The joint BGS, EBLEX and DairyCo stand, themed 'Ask a forage question', gave many farmers the opportunity to quiz our experienced farmers who came to share their practical experiences and our experts about various aspects of grassland management.  

Recommended Grass and Clover Lists 2011 - Saturday, May 7, 2011

The 2011 Recommended List of Grass and Clover for England and Wales

This year's Recommended List of Grass and Clover for England and Wales (RGCL) offers six new perennial ryegrass varieties, two hybrid ryegrasses - including a festulolium and two white clovers (see list below).

Chris Stockdale hosts farm walk - Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The latest in the long-running series of BGS, RABDF and DairyCo 'Milking Grass for Profit' farm walks attracted 180 visitors to see the grazing of 9000 litre plus herd run by Chris Stockdale.

Click here for a report

Cornwall Grassland Societies annual field day - Monday, April 25, 2011

This year's field day for all members of the four grassland societies in Cornwall was hosted by the West Cornwall Grassland Society and attended by 120 members. Click here for a report

James family hosts farm walk - Sunday, April 17, 2011

The latest in the long-running series of BGS, RABDF and DairyCo 'Milking Grass for Profit' farm walks attracted the biggest audience yet with 260 people.

The event was hosted by Rhys James, his father Nigel and uncle Chris at a unit they took on just three years ago. Click here for a report

Four cuts from April reseed - Monday, April 11, 2011

An April reseed last year still allowed four cuts of silage which have proved to be good quality on a Welsh farm, says forage seed company Barenbrug.  

Barrie Evans chose a mixture which included red and white clover. The mix Ensign Duet, combines Crusader, Alice and Barblanca white clovers with 66% Lemmon red clover for rapid nitrogen fixation for new leys, explains Barenbrug.

"I reseeded in April and took my first cut just six or seven weeks later," says Barrie. "It was brilliant quality - there wasn't a weed in the field. By October I'd taken a further three cuts."

Yukon maize promises high starch - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Seed from the maize variety Yukon that promises silage which is vey high in starch is being made available for the first time, says Limagrain's Tim Richmond.

Yukon is capable of delivering over 6t/ha of starch yield, he adds. "Where both a high starch content and earliness are required, then Yukon is a very good choice. Across three years of LG trials, Yukon has been the highest yielding for starch. It is predicted to be a maturity class 10."


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