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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

Ask us a forage question at Scotgrass - Thursday, April 29, 2010

Got a forage question? Ask some grassland society members

BGS's Scotgrass stand on May 11th will offer visitors the chance to quiz to four members of the South West Scotland Grassland Society, who are willing to share their own practical experiences on a range of forage topics -from organic red clover to finishing beef on maize.

South West Scotland Grassland Society timetable for Scotgrass

Reseeding Day Success - Friday, April 23, 2010

250 visitors to the Reseeding Day at NIAB's Harper Adams site heard 5 speakers on their tour.  Their discussions covered:

Stop 1

Do you need to reseed?

Chris Duller, DairyCo

  • Assessing pasture for yield and quality to decide when to reseed
  • Reasons for reseeding, renovating or improving swards
  • Options for improvement - including soil management and chemistry
  • What are the economics of reseeding?

Stop 2

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,, 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.


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