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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.

Free advice for rodent problems - Friday, October 1, 2010

Rat experts from British rodenticide manufacturer PelGar International are offering to give free, practical advice to farmer groups on rat and mouse control this winter.

EGF 2011 Conference - Call for papers - Friday, September 17, 2010

16th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation on 28 August - 31 August 2011.

The conference activities will take place at the Agricultural Research and Education Centre (AREC) Raumberg-Gumpenstein, which is located in the geographical centre of Austria. Grassland of various types dominates the well structured and attractive landscape that has been formed by traditional farming over the centuries.

The general topic of EGF 2011 will be:

"Grassland farming and land management in mountainous regions"

Steve Brandon wins National Grassland Management Competition - Friday, September 10, 2010

BGS National Grassland Management Competition 2010


North Wales farm walk report - Monday, September 6, 2010

Our final on farm event for 2010 was again held in glorious sunshine. The BGS, FWGS, FUW, IBERS, HCC, Farming Connect farm walk hosted by Emyr, Aled and Dylan Jones at Bala in North Wales was attended by 80 delegates.

Emyr told us how keeping pastures in good condition, where it had been reclaimed from bracken, meant keeping on top of invading weeds and ensuring a thick base to the sward. He also explained how slow release fertilisers were used to avoid rapid flushes of growth, with the aim of keeping sward heights at an optimum for cattle and sheep.

BGS seeks Technical Events Manager - Thursday, August 26, 2010

Technical Events Manager

For The British Grassland Society

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a confident events manager with technical knowledge in the livestock sector. The appointed candidate will take responsibility for organising and promoting technical workshops, farm walks and conferences in this new role, as the society continues to grow.


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