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EGF Offers Scientists Master Classes - Thursday, February 25, 2010

Attached to the EGF2010 General Meeting (August 29th to September 2nd, Kiel, Germany) Master Classes are being offered for young scientists, prior to the conference. 

The deadline for the application for a Master Class is March 15, 2010.

Three courses are available:

   1. Stable Isotopes in Grassland Science by Dr Hans Schnyder


   2. Experimentation in Biodiversity Studies by Dr. John Conolly

The Hurley and North Wyke Story - Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Hurley and North Wyke Story: 60 years of Grassland Research 1949-2009

Editors: Roger Wilkins, Steve Jarvis and Martin Blackwell.

IBERS set to lose 70 staff - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

IBERS, previously IGER and now part of the University of Aberystwyth, has announced that it intends to reduce staffing levels due to a funding deficit.

See the announcement via this link

Managing Woodchip Pads - Monday, February 8, 2010

On Wednesday 3rd February farmers from as far a field as Wiltshire visited Lower Porthamel Farm Talgarth, by kind permission of Joel Durrell for an HCC Open Day on Woodchip Pads.

Click here for a report from the event:  

Two further woodchip pad open days have been arranged by ADAS and EBLEX:


For information please contact Lynfa Davies on 01970 625050 or email


Clover Mix Proving Itself - Tuesday, February 2, 2010

An innovative mix of red and white clover varieties, launched in Barenbrug's new  Grass & Forage Seeds 2010 catalogue,  is showing potential to increase yields, says the company's agricultural product manager David Long.

The new mixture 'Ensign Duet' combines Crusader, Alice and Barblanca white clovers with 66% Lemmon red clover for rapid nitrogen fixation for new leys, he explains. It is currently being tested by Barenbrug's at three UK sites - Cropvale in Worcestershire, Aberdeen in Scotland and Loughgall in Northern Ireland.

Dr David John Griffiths - Monday, February 1, 2010

We are sorry to have heard that BGS Past-President (1972-1973) David 'DJ' Griffiths passed away suddenly in hospital near Aberystwyth on January 15th.  DJ was former Deputy Director of the Welsh Plant Breeding Station during the 1960's and early '70's. He was Acting Director for a year or so between Prof PT Thomas and Prof JP Cooper. Our sincere condolences go to his son Wynne.

News from BGS Grazing Partners - Friday, January 29, 2010

New BGS Grazing Partners ready to help grassland farmers this spring

New Maize Varieties For 2010 - Monday, January 18, 2010

Superior feed quality or exceptional early vigour alongside high dry matter yield are the benefits promised by of two forage maize varieties which will be available in 2010, says British Seed Houses.

Best Fodder Beet Varieties Worth £160/ha - Sunday, January 17, 2010

An extra 1.2t/ha of DM yield, providing energy worth an extra £160/ha is possible by selecting the best fodder beet varieties, according to Martin Titley of Limagrain UK. The company's trials spanning 10 years showed  Robbos and Blizzard produced this much extra yield than another commonly grown variety.   

"There is no national list or independent trials programme for fodder beet in the UK, so Limagrain carry out a variety trial each year to provide performance data from which farmers can evaluate which varieties are best to grow," says Mr Titley.


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