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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. 

Fertiliser prices now well below 2008 peak - Friday, June 12, 2009

GrowHow UK has announced a retail price for June delivery at £178/t for Nitram (34.5%N) ammonium nitrate, with £2/t monthly price increases to August 2009, with a new pricing structure that reflects big changes in the global fertiliser market.

2009 BGS AGM Agenda Now Available - Thursday, June 11, 2009

Printed copies of these documents are available here or by contacting the BGS office.


The SIXTY-FIFTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the British Grassland Society will be held at Greenmount College, Antrim, Co Antrim, on Monday 29th June, 2009, at 7.30pm. 

BGS new website a big hit - Monday, June 8, 2009

We have been getting good feedback about our website, which has been running for just over a month now. 

In its first month it had 1419 visitors and 1146 unique users from 54 countries. They visited a total of 5656 pages, with an average of just under four pages/visit and more than a third looking at 4 pages or more. 

If you have any feedback on anything we can improve, please e-mail us at

Lambs worth protecting against clostridia and pasteurella - Monday, June 8, 2009

With lamb prices remaining firm, sheep producers should consider vaccinating finishing lambs against pasteurellosis and the main clostridial diseases, like pulpy kidney, braxy, blackleg and tetanus.

"Lambs that receive a good intake of colostrum only have antibodies against pasteurella for up to 3-4 weeks and clostridia for up to 12 weeks," says Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health livestock vet adviser Rosemary Booth. "This means that some early season lambs are now unprotected and at real risk from these prevalent disease threats unless they are vaccinated themselves.

Grass and Forage Science - Contents pages available to view online - Friday, May 29, 2009

Grass and Forage Science contents pages are now availble to view online. Just click here: Grass and Forage Science


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