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Grass mixes offer more sugar - Monday, February 21, 2011

Four mixtures made up exclusively of Aberystwyth-bred high sugar ryegrasses and white clover blends are included in the 2011 herbage seed mixtures range from British Seed Houses.

 The Aber HSG premium range comprises specialist cattle grazing and long term grazing options, plus a medium term cutting mixture and a fourth variation specifically for dairy farmers taking a first cut followed by aftermath grazing. British Seed Houses is also offering Puna II perennial chicory as an option in grazing mixtures and red clover in cutting mixtures.

New red clover mixtures available - Monday, February 14, 2011

Red clover and grass mixes suited to either one or three year leys are now available in the Sinclair McGill range.

Admiral's Choice is designed to produce protein-rich silage for at least three years. It contains the red clover blend Red Admiral to ensure consistent yields through the growing season and a late tetraploid perennial ryegrass to boost sugar content, says Sinclair McGill. 

New mixtures offer innovation - Monday, February 14, 2011

Mixtures specifically designed for a range of specialist circumstances feature in the new BAR Forage catalogue, in addition to a comprehensive offering of strong performing mixtures, says Barenbrug UK. 

North Devon GS - 2010 Silage Winner Announced - Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Congratulations to this years' winners, Gary and Sam Smythe of West Middleton Farm, Parracombe.

The silage was uniform across a wide face with no spoilage and smelt good with an excellent analysis all grown at 800 ft.

The silages were all very good proving close competition.  Thanks to the organisers John Davey and Andy Hockridge.

Tips for Using Fertiliser Efficiently - Monday, February 7, 2011

With fertiliser prices exceeding £300/t for ammonium nitrate, The British Grassland Society has produced a factsheet with 10 tips for Using Fertiliser Efficiently.

 "The factsheet pools the technical knowledge of our Council and R&D Committee members, giving some timely advice as we wait for the right conditions for spring applications," says Jessica Buss.

Frosty grass still has good value - Thursday, February 3, 2011

Winter grass emerging from a blanket of snow and frost does so with a surprisingly high ME content, which could allow sheep farmers to delay compound feeding and conserve valuable forage stocks, according to Rumenco.

The company has just released new forage analysis data, based on samples of grass collected around the country in January (see table). Grass was collected from eight sites, all of which had suffered from prolonged snow cover during December and early January.

Complete grassland survey and win… - Friday, January 28, 2011

Take part in a major grassland management survey and win a slurry/muck analysis plus free tickets to Grassland & Muck 2011 on the 18th and 19th May 2011, at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

BGS Making Haylage for Horses workshop - Wednesday, January 19, 2011

March 3rd 2011

The UK's first haylage event: a British Grassland Society workshop for farmers and contractors who make (or are considering making) haylage for the equine sector, lecturers, advisers and equine researchers.

The main speaker will be Europe's leading haylage specialist, Dr Cecilia Mueller from the Swedish University of Agricultural Science.

The event is sponsored by Ecosyl, Oliver Seeds and SiLAC.

BGS 10th Research Conference - Tuesday, January 18, 2011

September 20th- 21st, 2011 - Belfast, Northern Ireland

We are pleased to announce the continuation of this conference series in 2011, with the addition of a chance to see the facilities (including the biofuels unit) and latest research projects at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Hillsborough, on the second day.

Free maize growing guide - Sunday, January 16, 2011

A maize growers' guide which gives technical advice to maximise crop success has been published by plant breeding company Limagrain UK.

It is said to includeinformation to help both first-time and more experienced maize growers to maximise the yields and quality of their maize crops. Sections focus on selecting the right maize variety, growing and harvesting the crop, growing maize under plastic, feeding maize silage, and also on maize for crimping and biogas production.


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