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Competition seeks worst weed problems - Monday, June 7, 2010

Weedy grass fields are often an embarrassment, but Dow AgroSciences' photo competition means five producers could snap up expert advice and free weed control this spring, if they have the 'worst weeds' in the UK.

Grassland farmers are being encouraged to email up to three photographs of their weed infestations to worstweeds@war.uk.com by midnight Friday 19 June 2010.

BGS AGM 2010 July 4th Edinburgh - Friday, June 4, 2010

The SIXTY-SIXTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the British Grassland Society will be held at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, on Sunday 4th July, 2010, at 7pm.

AGENDA

1. Minutes of the Sixty-fifth Annual General Meeting held at Greenmount Campus, Belfast on 29th June 2009 

2. Matters arising

Teagasc Grass Breeding Survey - Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On the 14th and 15th of October this year Teagasc will hold an International grassland conference in Cork, Ireland. 

The conference will focus on livestock production requirements from perennial ryegrass as a feed source in temperate climates. This conference provides a unique platform for all stakeholders to participate in strengthening progress in the grassland sector.

New Corporate Member Signs Up - Monday, May 24, 2010

BGS is please to add EBLEX as its latest Corporate Member. EBLEX

If your company is interested in Corporate Membership please contact Lois in the BGS office.

Advice on frost damaged reseeds - Friday, May 21, 2010

Bare patches in grass leys sown last autumn may well be the result of 'frost heave' and should be partially or completely reseeded, depending on the severity, advises Helen Mathieu of British Seed Houses.

She has witnessed numerous cases of frost damage following the severe winter. "This kind of frost damage to new leys is likely to result in irreparable damage to the seedlings," she explains. "They will either have been snapped off at the roots due to the movement of the soil, or will have withered and died due to a lack of soil contact.

EBLEX Grazing Meeting - Monday, May 17, 2010

EBLEX - Grazing Meeting

By Lois Macdonald, BGS.

Do you carry out soil tests on your farm?  Are any of your fields underperforming?  Are you using a lot of muck and slurry?

These were some of the questions that Liz Genever, EBLEX asked farmers last week to try and get an idea of how many people actually take those all important measures to understand and be in a position to improve their pastures.  Out of 55 people, only a handful admitted to soil testing on a regular basis.

Improving Grazing for Horses - Thursday, May 13, 2010

By Lois Macdonald, BGS.

Don't treat your horse like a human. Its well-adapted digestive system was designed for grazing fibrous grasses and plants. Investing time into researching what you put in your horse's mouth will never be wasted. 

Scotland Grassland Society - Silage Competition - Wednesday, May 12, 2010

This year's four finalists for the Scotland Grassland Societies' Silage Trophy were;

Chapelford, Buckle (North of Scotland Grassland Society)

Kirklands, Dunsyre (Central Scotland Grassland Society)

Nether Pratis, Leven (East of Scotland Grassland Society)

Towne Nd, Craigie (South West Scotland Grassland Society).

All the farms were dairy units with beef production interests and each finalist had won their local grassland society silage competition.

Opportunity to boost second cuts - Friday, May 7, 2010

Applying fertiliser and controlling weeds in grass after first cut is vital to optimise total silage yields this year, says independent grassland specialist Charlie Morgan.

 "With lower first cut grass yields expected due to the late, cold spring, and silage stocks low or non-existent on most farms, farmers will be looking to big second cuts to make up any shortfall," says Charlie.

BGS Council visit fertiliser plant - Wednesday, May 5, 2010

BGS Council had a tour of the GrowHow fertiliser plant this week, with its meeting hosted by the company at its Cheshire base.

The plant runs continuously except for a few weeks when it is shut down each year and has an output of 1m tonnes of fertiliser a year.

The manufacture of fertiliser at Ince involves five separate stages:

1. Ammonia is formed from natural gas, air and steam

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