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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.

LIC becomes a BGS corporate member - Friday, November 6, 2009

BGS is pleased to welcome its 10th corporate member, LIC UK.

The other nine are Yara, Genus ABS, British Seed Houses, GrowHow, DairyCo, Dow Agrosciences, DLF-Trifolium, Biotal and Limagrain.

If your company is interested in becoming a corporate member please contact Lois in the BS office.

Silage Dry Matter Guessing Game - Tuesday, November 3, 2009

When visitors to the Dairy Event and Livestock Show, including many consultants, were challenged to estimate the dry matter of six grass silage samples, they proved a proper analysis is worth paying for.

Sciantec Analytical Services only intended the challenge as a bit of fun. But comparing the actual DM content as analysed using standard wet chemistry in the laboratory with the visitor estimates underlines just how difficult assessing DM content can be," says Linda Forbes, one of company's business development managers.

BGS new Project Coordinator - Monday, October 26, 2009

Lois Macdonald has joined the BGS team and will be taking on the role of Project Co-ordinator.

Lois has recently graduated from Harper Adams University College, Shropshire.  She had been working on a local village farm in Yorkshire since high school, and taking part in a number of country pursuits and activities, which lead her to an education in the rural sector.

Fertiliser Investment Benefits Air and Water - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A £15 million investment in has reduced discharges to both air and water, while increasing production capacity of ammonium nitrate fertiliser by over 80,000t a year to ensure production efficiencies needed to compete in its market, says GrowHow UK.

BGS Nutrient Wise Demos hosts first visitors - Friday, October 2, 2009

BGS has had its first three groups totalling 55 people attend sessions at the BGS Nutrient Wise Demos near Crediton in Devon on September 29th and 30th, set up with the help of Creedy Associates.

The aim is to bring small groups of 15-20 to the site to see practical demonstrations and discuss manure use and clover establishment. The groups included members of BGS, Devon Grassland Society, North Devon Grassland Society and Gloucestershire Suckler Cow Club.


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