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Forefront and Pharaoh return with new rules on use - Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Forefront and Pharaoh, Dow AgroScience's highly effective herbicides for weed control in grassland, return to the market under strict use conditions to minimise the risk of affected manure leaving farms.

Based on aminopyralid, these products were voluntarily withdrawn from the market during 2008 and approval for use suspended by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) after instances of manure with traces of the weedkiller affected allotments and gardens in some parts of Britain.

ScotGrass offers first UK show of new New John Deere machines - Wednesday, April 21, 2010

John Deere's new 7950i self-propelled forage harvester and range of premium round balers will be demonstrated at ScotGrass 2010, for the first time at a UK show.

National forage seed website launched - Thursday, April 15, 2010

A new seed sales website which specialises in the retail of grass and root crop seeds direct to farmers right across the UK has been launched by West Midlands and Wales agricultural retailer Wynnstay.

The new service, www.grasslandseeds.co.uk, features a range of grass mixtures from high yielding, short-term silage leys to longer-term, palatable grazing blends, as well as a wide selection of herbage seeds and root crops for winter grazing, explains Wynnstay's Adam Simper.

GrassWatch to reveal sward productivity - Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An initiative to help beef and sheep farmers get the most from their swards this year has been launched by EBLEX.

"The key to improving grassland productivity lies in monitoring its performance," said Liz Genever, EBLEX Livestock Scientist. "While there is no substitute for farmers assessing their own pastures, we hope that following grass growth in similar fields on our GrassWatch sites will help producers plan their future grazing and feeding needs."

BGS, RABDF, DairyCo Farm walk - David Lee - Friday, April 9, 2010

When it comes to maximising use of grazed grass, David Lee says the most important factor is the amount of residual grass cows leave behind after 12 hours in a paddock.

BGS, RABDF, DairyCo farm walk – Mat Boley - Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The farm walk at Mat Boley's on March 30th attracted 240 visitors, who braved the cold wind and rain to find out how Mat has evolved the way his dairy herd is managed over the last 10 years.

He explained how no concentrates had been fed for nine years, with his focus on grazed grass and whole-crop or grass silage used to fill any gaps. This spring had been very challenging with cows calving over nine weeks from late February. Grass growth rates at our visit had only reached a very low 10kg DM/ha this year.

NI-bred grasses added to SAC list - Friday, March 26, 2010

Two new perennial ryegrasses - Moyola, an early-heading diploid variety, and Drumbo, a late-heading diploid - have been added to the new Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) Recommended List, says breeding company Barenbrug.

Moyola was bred in Northern Ireland by crossing a variety from the Royal Barenbrug Group's New Zealand breeding programme with Moy, the well-established, early-heading variety from Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).

Supplementing slow growing grass - Friday, March 19, 2010

Cold days and nights have restricted early season grass growth, so much so that grazing acres are a month behind where they were last year in many areas, according to Rumenco technical manager David Thornton.

Organic forage seeds range widens - Thursday, March 18, 2010

Organic seed is now available for a more forage crop varieties from Limagain UK, including Dynamo stubble turnip, Lomond swede and Magnus forage pea, plus a wider range of organic ley mixtures.

"Dynamo is a fast growing palatable stubble turnip ready to graze within 12 - 14 weeks from sowing, with good root anchorage and reduced grazing wastage," says Limagrain's Martin Titley.

Need an NVZ grassland derogation? - Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eligible farms are reminded that they have until 31 March 2010 to apply for an NVZ grassland derogation against the 170kg on-farm livestock manure nitrogen (N) limit per hectare per year.

For details call the NVZ helpline on 0845 345 1302, or if registered for online submissions you can apply at www.wholefarm.defra.gov.uk

 

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