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NVZ help on offer - Friday, August 20, 2010

Farmers with concerns about the financial implications of new Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) legislation can visit the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) stand at The Dairy and Livestock Show on September 7th and 8th where there will be a focus on funding NVZ-related projects.

With fewer than 500 days to the full implementation of NVZ regulations on 1 January 2012, the AMC is suggesting affected farmers should start to plan with a sense of purpose to ensure full compliance and minimize the risk of future financial penalties.

BGS acquires new van - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

BGS has just purchased a second hand van for transporting equipment to the many farm walks and events we run and attend.  The van will also save us the cost and hassle of hiring cars and vans.

Seed mixtures for CFE and ELS schemes - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A range of seed mixtures appropriate to meet the voluntary requirements of the CFE [Campaign for the Farmed Environment] and/or ELS [Entry Level Stewardship] Schemes can now be found in a new catalogue from Limagrain UK.

The 16-page colour catalogue entitled 'Enhancing the Countryside' includes more than 20 seed mixtures, categorised according to their suitability for use as wild bird seed mixtures, grass buffers, pollen and nectar providers, or catch crops for resource protection. A selection chart identifies which are eligible under the different schemes, says Limagrain UK.

66th AGM Draft Minutes - Monday, July 19, 2010

BGS 66th Annual General Meeting minutes (draft) 

Held at Heriot Watt University Campus, Edinburgh on Sunday 4th July at the 2010 Summer Meeting.

BGS Summer Meeting July 2010 - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

BGS Summer Meeting 2010 overview The annual tour from 4th - 7th July 2010 held in the East of Scotland.

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Fertiliser prices likely to be volatile - Friday, July 9, 2010

Variations in currency and exchange rates are adding to the volatility likely to affect global fertiliser prices over the coming season, says GrowHow UK's marketing manager Ken Bowler.

Mr Bowler stresses that fertiliser operates in a global market where many factors beyond our shores will affect prices and availability. Increasing affluence in other areas of the world is seeing demand for fertiliser rise to meet consumer pressure for higher quality, often meat-based, diets. This could lead to demand for nitrogen fertiliser increasing in 2011 by some 6% or more compared to 2009.

Protect silage bales from rats - Thursday, July 8, 2010

Baiting the lower layers of round bale silage stacks is the best way to protect them from rat attack, according to Dr Jonathan Wade, technical director for UK rodenticide manufacturer PelGar International.

"When stocks are short it is even more important to protect the quality and quantity of silage that has been made, so keeping rats out of stacks becomes an even greater priority."

BGS Nutrient Wise Demos visits - Friday, June 25, 2010

This week BGS and the Creedy Associates team hosted 64 visitors at the BGS Nutrient Wise Demos site in Devon (with our desired 15-25 people in each group to allow everyone to be involved in discussions). The visitors were able to see demo plots on manure application methods and introduction of clover into existing swards.

New legume research report - Monday, June 21, 2010

A report on the ongoing research into the 'Accumulation and recovery of nitrogen in mixed farming systems' is now available in the Forage Legume Group page.

BGS Lucerne & Red Clover Day - Friday, June 18, 2010

BGS Forage Legume Meeting on Lucerne and Red Clover (held on the 16th June)

In one short sentence, Wil Armitage summed up what a fantastic crop lucerne is at the BGS Lucerne and Red Clover Farm Walk, attended by more than 40 people, at his Leicestershire dairy farm. "Lucerne gave me the confidence to go organic."


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