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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.

Conservation-grazing skills placements - Thursday, January 13, 2011

Those interested in a career in livestock-farming and conservation-grazing, can apply for six 6-month and six 12-month placements, with a generous bursary. Click here to see more information

Bursary report: Grasses for the Future - Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tom Bell was one of two recipients of a Jan Crichton Travel Bursary Award to attend the Teagasc Grasses for the Future conference in Ireland.

You can read Tom's report by opening the document below.

The second recipient was Francis Dunne. His report was published in the December 2010 issue of Grass and Forage Farmer.

If you are interested in attending a conference or visiting a research centre or farms outside the UK, please see the awards section of our website  

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.


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