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Six entries go into NGMC finals - Thursday, August 13, 2009

Following stiff competition in the regional rounds of this year's National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by GrowHow and DLF-Trifolium, we are pleased to reveal the six entries out of seven regions who will take part in the next round of the competition.

AGM Minutes for 2009 Available - Friday, August 7, 2009

Minutes of the 65th Annual General Meeting held at Greenmount Campus, Northern Ireland on 29th June 2009 and now available to view here....

The minutes will remain in DRAFT until they are approved at the 66th AGM to be held at the 2010 Summer Meeting by invitation of the East of Scotland Grassland Society.

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. 


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