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Challenge Sheep - Thursday, January 26, 2017

Challenge Sheep is a new AHDB Beef & Lamb-funded project which aims to understand the consequences of the rearing phase on the lifetime performance of ewes. 

Challenge Sheep is looking for producers who are keen to use the data they are collecting via EID to make improved decisions on ewe management.

The project farms will have access to cutting-edge information and ways of interrogating data to make the most of it, and will be involved in communicating the findings to other producers.

Successful Calving - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

As calving time approaches, AHDB Beef and Lamb have provided some useful information including NADIS factsheets to help producers.

Minimising calving difficulties (AHDB): click here

Scottish Grazing Conferences - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A strong line-up of speakers from Scotland and overseas has been recruited to speak at a Grazing Conferences being held at Moffat House Hotel on Wednesday 8 February and Huntingtower Hotel in Perth on Thursday 9 February.

“Better Grazing = Better Business” are free events, organised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), which will look at how managing grazing can help improve the bottom line for sheep and beef producers.

Upcoming Soil Health Events - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Catchment Sensitive Farming and Innovation for Agriculture have teamed up to deliver a series of events across the country, focused on improving soil health.

Farm productivity is limited by poor soil health; the events will address what actions farmers can take to improve it, including:
Field capacity and drainage
Infiltration and hydraulic conductivity
Effects of soil cover on rainfall impact, run-off and groundwater
Capacity of soils to absorb different nutrients
Understanding the role of plants in preventing soil loss

CFE Bird Events - Thursday, January 12, 2017

CFE will be running a series of events across the country in early 2017 providing advice and guidance on managing the farm for birds. 

The events will look at CFE Voluntary Measures that support farmland birds, and look at the importance of retaining relevant agri-environment options wherever possible, particularly field margins. These can help birds with the ‘hungry gap’ when food sources are low.  Good hedgerow management can also be important for supporting farmland birds.

Extended Deadline - Job Vacancy at CFE - Thursday, December 22, 2016

A job vacancy has arisen at the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE), an organisation which BGS is represented on.

Due to current Project Officer, Bethan Williams moving onto another postition within NFU the role has been advertised as follows:

Project Officer (Campaign for Farmed Environment)

Fixed Term contract until October 2017

Starting salary, circa £25,000 per annum

Based at Stoneleigh, HQ

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Aerobic spoilage in maize and wholecrop silage - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Aerobic spoilage, caused by yeasts and moulds, is a major problem affecting higher dry matter silages, such as maize and if not prevented, it causes silage to heat up, and results in losses in dry matter and feed quality, and increased risk of mycotoxins.

Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase at Rothamsted Research, North Wyke - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The provision of sufficient, nutritious food for the increasing world population, combined with efficient

NSA Ram longevity focus groups - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is running a ram survey and facilitating 10 focus groups around the country, they need 10 participants for each group.

The project is investigating the flock life of breeding males and the reasons for deaths and culling in the UK. With the help of funding from the Animal Welfare Foundation, and after concerns from NSA members about the short life of commercial rams, NSA is urging as many farmers as possible to participate in this new study to find out what is going on.

Winter Meeting - Booking Now Open - Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Closing the Circle – integrating trace element supply in soils, plants and animals


February 28 to March 1, 2017 

Abbey Hotel, Malvern, Worcestershire  


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