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DEFRA postpones organic forage seed percentages increases - Monday, October 20, 2008

DEFRA has agreed to delay an increase in the percentage of a forage seed mix that needs to be organic, accepting that there is a shortage of organic forage seed resulting from poor growing conditions. 

The minimum organic proportion of organic seed mixes not requiring prior authorisation for use was expected to rise to 70% for 2009, but now this rate will be 65% for the remainder of 2008 and 2009. The move to a minimum organic percentage requirement of 70% has been postponed until 01 January 2010. 

The British Grassland Society and the National Federation of Young - Thursday, October 2, 2008

BGS and NFYFC have joined forces in an exciting new initiative to encourage younger members of the UK's rural communities interested in careers in farming and educate non-farming YFC members.

The aim of the project is to bring members of local grassland societies and young people together for a fun, sociable and educational on-farm event.

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Reports of Five BGS Supported IGC China 2008 Delegates - M Lee, T Yan, L Wu, K Cross, H Hughes - Monday, September 29, 2008

Find out how BGS supported delegates got on at the International Grassland Congress China 2008....

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National Grassland Management Competition won by Emyr Jones and Sons - Friday, September 19, 2008

The winner of the 2008 British Grassland Society National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by GrowHow UK and DLFTrifolium, is a family-run beef and sheep farm on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

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BGS Grassland Competition Central Winner and National Runner-up - Friday, September 19, 2008

Richard Abell, who farms at White House Farm, Little Cowarne, Bromyard was one of three farmers to make it to the final round of the British Grassland Society National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by GrowHow UK and DLF-Trifolium. He had already competed against members of other grassland societies to win the central region competition.

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BGS Grassland Competition South West Winner and National Runner-up - Thursday, September 18, 2008

David Helliar, who farms at High House Farm, Corsley, Warminster on the Wiltshire/Somerset border, was one of three farmers to make it to the final round of the BGS National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by GrowHow UK and DLF-Trifolium. He had already competed against farms from the Somerset Grassland Society, of which he is a member, and other south west county grassland societies to win the south west region competition.

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Latest Jan Crichton Travel-Bursary Award Report - Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The 6th Joint Symposium INRA-RRI, The GUT MICROBIOME: Functionality, interaction with the host and impact on the environment held in Clermont-Ferrand, 18 - 20 June 2008 promoted a better understanding of the complex microbial ecosystems present in the digestive tract of mammals and other higher animals and their interaction with their hosts.

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BGS 2008 AGM Draft Minutes - these remain in draft until the next AGM - Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Minutes of the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the British Grassland Society

Held on 14th July 2008, at Van der Valk Hotel, Schiphol

Full Minutes....

Changes to BGS Council - Monday, July 21, 2008

The Annual General Meeting held on July 14th 2008 saw the appointment of two new Trustees to the BGS Council, now headed by President Sarah Byford, Usk, Monmouthshire.

The new President-Elect is Dr David Roberts, head of dairy research at SAC's Crichton Royal Farm.

New national member is Athole Marshall from IBERS, University of Wales.

Also joining the BGS management team as advisers to the Trustees for the next two years are regional reps Laura-Biddick-Bray (south west), Heather McCalman (Wales), David Rhodes (central).

BGS Summer Meeting Holland Snapshots - Monday, July 21, 2008

Our first visit took us to see an Albers Alligator Slurry Bag. All slurry stores in Holland must be covered. The top moves up and down with the volume of slurry underneath and rainwater sits on top until it's full enough for it to run off the sides. It was plenty strong enough to walk across, there was very little of the usual slurry smell and it was said to have a life expectancy of 20 years.

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