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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.

BGS Profiting From Red Clover Day - Sept 14 - Friday, August 19, 2011

Keen red clover growers, BGS past president John Downes and son Tim hosted a Profiting from Red Clover special interest day for the society, sponsored by SilAC.

The red clover day, which should appeal to those growing the crop now and those considering growing it for the first time, will be held on September 14th at the Longnor Village Hall and the Downes' farm in Shropshire.

Keep beef out longer to save on straw costs - Thursday, August 18, 2011

Beef producers could save at least £21 a head on expensive straw bedding costs by delaying housing by six weeks and maximising the nutritional potential of late season grass, says David Thornton from Rumenco.

With straw already costing upwards of £125/t in the west of the country and bedding requirements of 5kg/head a day, costs will be running at more than 60p/head a day on some farms, before taking feed costs into account, he adds.  Over six weeks that's a straw cost of £21 an animal.

Trailing shoe reduces N bills on grazing - Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Applying slurry to dairy cow grazing ground in summer using a trailing shoe applicator can replace up to 150kg N/ha, according to trials at AFBI, Hillsborough, funded by AgriSearch.

Dr Andrew Dale and colleagues found no effect on cow grazing behaviour or milk production in studies replacing 80kg of bagged N/ha with two applications of slurry (31 and 19m3/ha).

Genus ABS arrange Sept Ireland trip - Monday, August 1, 2011

Genus ABS has organised a trip for farmers to Ireland, including a visit to Moorepark.

Click here for further details

Please note this is not a BGS organised event.

 

UK Grassland Forum focus on semi-natural grass - Friday, July 29, 2011

BGS was recently asked to take part in the UK Grassland Forum - a group set up to discuss ways to maintain and increase the area of semi-natural grassland, with all natural grassland now lost.

BGS R&D Committee Chairman, Steve Peel represented the society at their meeting in Northern Ireland. Click here for his report

 

BGS Summer Meeting visits south west - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

This year's Summer Meeting was hosted by the Devon, North Devon and Somerset Grassland Societies. Click this link to find out some of what we saw

Brandons’ host BGS farm walk - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Steve and Lesley Brandon hosted 210 visitors to New Buildings Farm near Stafford at the British Grassland Society, National Grassland Management Competition winner's farm walk on June 23rd.

The event and competition are sponsored by GrowHow UK and DLF-Trifolium.

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