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Early snow risks ewe embyo loss - Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Many ewes are at the critical implantation stage of pregnancy and the early onset of snow and continued frosts will put the 2011 lamb crop at serious risk ewes receive adequate feed, says Rumenco technical manager David Thornton.

RWAS award for Tom Tudor - Monday, December 6, 2010

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has awarded Tom Tudor the John Gittins Memorial Award for 2010, for his outstanding contribution to the Welsh sheep industry.

Call for increase in applied R&D funding - Sunday, November 28, 2010

It is possible applied research funding for agriculture could be on the up, after many years of decline, following a review by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture.

The group, supported by a report written by Prof David Leaver, is calling for a renewed focus on applied research  in agriculture, to meet the 21st century challenge of producing more food while impacting less on the environment.

Need an NVZ grassland derogation for 2011? - Friday, November 26, 2010

Farmers in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone who wish to take advantage of applying nitrogen at increased rates and meet the necessary conditions, must apply for their annual derogation for grassland by December 31st, via where you need to register so that you can log in and apply or phone the Environment Agency on 0845 603 3113.  

Giles Tedstone, BGS President 1984-85 - Sunday, November 14, 2010

We are sorry to hear that BGS Past-President Giles Tedstone passed away recently.

As a first-generation dairy farmer in Cheshire, Giles had a keen interest in low cost production and focussing on grazed grass with minimal purchased inputs. He challenged conventional thinking and was an inspiration to many. 

The funeral  will be held on Friday November 19th, at 10.45, in All Saint's Church (the one with spire and blue clock), at Thorn Hough, CH63 1JP.

 Our thoughts are with his Wife, son and three daughters.


New patching mixtures launched by Barenbrug - Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Grass breeding company Barenbrug's Grass & Forage Seeds 2011 catalogue, including a new forage patching mixture, will be launched at AgriScot, at Ingliston, Edinburgh on November 17th.

This innovative new mixture, BARForage Patching, is designed to repair damaged and poached areas, says the company. It includes the diploid Italian ryegrass Barelli with Solid, a hybrid ryegrass, and early perennial ryegrass Donard.

Responding to potential water shortages - Friday, November 5, 2010

Adaptation across the whole industry is needed to meet the impending challenge of water shortages in the coming decades, as a result of climate change, concludes an RASE report.

The report was commissioned by the Royal Agricultural Society of England and carried out by scientists from the Walker Institute for Climate System Research and the School of Agriculture, Policy & Development, both at the University of Reading.

Practical NVZ compliance advice online - Friday, October 29, 2010

Information on Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) regulations that come into force across large areas of England and parts of north Wales and eastern Scotland on 1 January 2012 has been made available by the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) on its website

The web pages offer some practical solutions and useful planning tools for farmers considering ways to ensure their farm is fully compliant - especially with slurry storage and management systems.

Mixing clovers boosts yields - Friday, October 22, 2010

A mixture including both red and white clover with perennial ryegrass has out-yielded mixtures with just white clover and ryegrass, even more than in 2009, at Barenbrug's research site in Worcestershire.

The mix of BARForage Combi with Ensign Duet forage mixture produced 40% more than the conventional Combi mixture with Ensign white in 2010, according to Barenbrug agricultural manager David Long.

Crown rust seen north and south - Saturday, October 16, 2010

Grass quality could be at risk from crown rust infection, already seen on many sites including in the north of England, if the unseasonably warm weather continues, warns NIAB TAG's Dr Jane Thomas.

Bright orange crown rust pustules have been visible on perennial rye grass plots at NIAB TAG trial centres across the UK for several weeks. Crown rust reduces the quality and energy available from grass, and in the very worst cases infected grass will be rejected by grazing animals.


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