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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.

Consultation on North Wyke Farm Platform - Monday, January 4, 2010

Consultation on North Wyke Farm Platform

New Corporate Member - Thursday, December 10, 2009

BGS is pleased to welcome Watson Seeds as its 11th corporate member of the society.

Watsons Seeds are also the Principal Sponsor of the 2010 Summer Meeting hosted by the East of Scotland Grassland Society.

BGS Bursary Report - Friday, December 4, 2009

Travel Bursary Award - Report on ISAE annual conference

Gemma Charlton

Animal Science Research Centre, Harper Adams University College, Shropshire, TF10 8NB, UK and Agriculture Department, Reaseheath College, Cheshire, CW5 6DF, UK.

I was awarded £500 from BGS Travel-Bursary to attend the ISAE (International Society of Applied Ethology) annual conference, held in Cairns, Australia, 6-10 July 2009. 

North Wyke Research Consultation - Thursday, December 3, 2009

BBSRC has started a consultation on a major new development it proposes for North Wyke Research. This will constitute a significant investment in a farm-based platform for collaborative research and as many views as possible are sought so that stakeholders can inform and engage in this development. The closing date for responses is December 19th.

See the consultation at

Liver Fluke Threat High - Monday, November 30, 2009

Liver Fluke Threat High

Liver fluke disease remains a serious threat over large areas of the country, following wet and warm autumn and early winter weather, according to the NADIS parasite forecast. Deaths due to acute disease will be continuing into the winter, and ill thrift and poor production due to chronic disease in the winter/spring and later, it warns.

IBERS Awarded Queens Anniversary Prize - Thursday, November 19, 2009

IBERS Aberystwyth University awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize

The work of scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University has been recognized with a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Variable Bale Making Becomes Faster and Simpler - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

By measuring the bale diameter during net binding, once the bale moves to the wrapping table on the Lely Welger RPC 445 Tornado combined baler- wrapper it can be dealt with quicker than previous models, say Lely.

Also helping increase wrapping speed is the higher position of the pressing chamber, so the bale can roll on effortlessly to the wrapping table.  As the baler tailgate closes, the ring wrapper makes optimal use of the space between the tailgate, so it's busy wrapping even before the tailgate has closed.


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