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FWGS Grassland Management Competition 2009 - Monday, August 3, 2009

Final Round Judging - 24 and 25 June 2009

High quality swards reap competition success

Storing silage bales carefully worthwhile - Monday, August 3, 2009

Silage spoilage is often caused by poorly stored bales, warns Graham Robson, European Technical Manager of Tama UAT Ltd.

"Wrapped bales should be stacked on their ends, allowing the maximum layers of film to be in contact with the ground for added protection and eliminating the possibility of bales becoming mis-shaped by further stacking on top," he advises.

In particular, he adds, low dry matter bales should never be stacked more than one high - this will avoid the seal on the film overlap opening through the constant heavy pressure exerted on them from bales on top.

Organic stubble turnip seeds available - Thursday, July 30, 2009

Organic farmers now grow the fast-growing catch crop of Dynamo stubble turnips with organically produced seeds now available from Limagrain UK.

BGS Grazing Partners up and running - Friday, July 24, 2009
Photo of the team
(left to right back) Steve Conisbee, Ed Higgins, Lawrence Glanville, Matthew Ingram, Rob Studley
(Left to right front) David Munday, Kieran Wellwood, Robert Craig, Sam Rawling)

Following their mentoring and coaching skills training in June, we now have nine Grazing Partners who are fired up and ready to go out and help other local producers with their grassland management.

The BGS Grazing Partners are:


Monmouthshire Hosts Grassland Challenge - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monmouthshire Grassland Society invited Gwent Young Farmers for an evening farm walk where they took part in the BGS NFYFC Grassland Challenge competition. To find out how the evening went, click here.....

BGS Summer Meeting 2009 Report - Thursday, July 9, 2009

To read the full report on this years Summer Meeting in Northern Ireland, click here....

Sarah Byford reviews year as BGS president - Tuesday, July 7, 2009


When I became President on Dutch soil just under twelve months ago, the pride I felt was tinged with a degree of apprehension at the responsibilities which lay ahead.  I needn't have worried.  The entrepreneurial skills,  enthusiasm and efficiency of our director Jess, aided by Rachael in her role of project co-ordinator and  backed by committed council members,  provided all the ingredients needed for a successful and progressive year. 

Barenbrug and AFBI extend grass breeding contract - Monday, July 6, 2009

Since 1991, international grass seed specialist Barenbrug has had a partnership arrangement with DARD and AFBI in Northern Ireland to maximise the commercialisation of Loughgall bred varieties. An extension to the contract between Barenbrug and AFBI, together with DARD support for the strategic research elements of the work, will take the AFBI breeding programme forward on a secure footing for the next 10 years, says Barenbrug. 

New Grass and Clover Varieties for Scotland 2009 – 2010 - Thursday, June 25, 2009

By Peter Shipway, SAC 

There are eight new provisional first choice Perennial Ryegrasses on the 2009 -10 Recommended List of Grasses and Clovers for Scotland and one new White Clover variety. 

Genesis and Moyola are two new very promising early heading Perennial Ryegrasses that set new standards for yield under both conservation and grazing and exhibit exceptionally good early spring growth.  The intermediate Perennial Ryegrasses, Solomon and Contrast and the late heading AberChoice

Grass and Forage Science jumps up journal rankings - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The BGS and EGF scientific journal has scored a 2008 Impact factor of 1.378, a big leap from its 2007 Impact Factor of 1.035 and it is now ranked 20th out of 49 journals in the Agronomy subject area - in 2007 it was 24th.

The journal received 124 cites in 2008 to 90 papers published in 2006 and 2007. When those with papers to publish are considering where they will publish the Impact Factor is a key factor and hopefully more will choose Grass and Forage Science as their first choice. 


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