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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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IGC China Delegates Return - Tuesday, July 8, 2008

More than 1500 delegates from 40 countries attended the International Grassland and Rangeland joint congress in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. The total included more than 20 from the UK and 10 from Ireland and dozens of BGS members from countries including Canada, Japan, Uganda, India, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. BGS supported the attendance of seven delegates with its IGC Bursary Fund.

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AGM Minutes for 2007 - Thursday, June 26, 2008

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

Held on 9th July 2007, at University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, at 8.00pm.

Full AGM Minutes....

AGM Agenda and President's Report 2008 - Thursday, June 26, 2008

The SIXTY-FORTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the British Grassland Society

held at the A4 Hotel, Schipol, Amsterdam, on Monday 14th July 2007 at 8.30pm.

Full AGM Agenda and Report...

BGS Partners Cattle Research Strategy Meeting - Thursday, June 26, 2008

At a critical point for levy funded research, a group including farmers, researchers and industry representatives met to discuss research priorities for dairy and beef production systems for the next three to five years on June 12th.

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Variability in slurry results shows benefit of analysis in Wales - Friday, June 13, 2008

Standard 'book figures' are a good starting point when it comes to making an assessment of the nutrients supplied from slurry. However the samples taken ina recent project showed a massive variability in nutrient content, depending on storage conditions and feeding regime. This variability, ranging from 20% to over double the book figures, emphasises the value of sampling and analysing your own slurry, says Chris Duller of the Grassland Development Centre, IBERS.

Two new guides to improve grass production now available from BGS - Monday, June 9, 2008

EBLEX Better Returns for Beef and Sheep programme has published Improving Pasture for Better Returns.

The content for this publication was provided by BGS Society Director and two BGS advisers to council, Michael Shannon and Richard Simspon (Kinsghay).

It considers the potential of grass and describes how that might be achieved from addressing compaction, to pH, phosphate and potash, choosing the best varieties for reseeding and introducing clover. There are also sections on managing a sward in its first season and controlling weeds.


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