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Lely forms new strategic alliance - Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lely, the Dutch company known for its development and manufacture of forage equipment, has announced the start of a strategic alliance with Mengele Agrartechnik AG. 

German-based, Mengele Agrartechnik AG sells high quality agricultural equipment, including loader wagons, trailed forage harvesters, manure spreaders and tipping trailers - under the brand name Mengele. 

For Lely this move means a welcome enhancement of its Forage Solutions portfolio, while Mengele can significantly strengthen its sales and distribution network beyond the German-speaking countries. 

Grassland UK fact sheets available now! - Monday, May 11, 2009

Following the successful response to the BGS and DairyCo. seminars at Grassland UK 2009, the fact sheets from the topics listed below are now available on the "Forage Facts Info Sheets" page of the BGS website.

Profiting from grazing whatever the yield, Adam Clay, DairyCo

NVZs: coping with the new rules, Martin Yeates and David Pettit, Kingshay

Strategies for slurry storage, Chris Coxon, DairyCo.

Herbage Variety Guide and Grass Seed Merchants - Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Funding has thankfully been secured for the NIAB Recommended Lists for Grass and Clover for England and Wales to continue for at least the next three years.  And you can order your copy now, free in the online bookshop.

During the winter of 2009, it became clear that reductions in levy collected in recent years would leave a shortfall for establishing trials for data to be compiled for the 2010 NIAB Recommended Grass and Clover Lists.

10,000 litre Holsteins will graze - BGS, RABDF, DairyCo Farmwalk - Friday, April 24, 2009

The amount of grazing in their diet has been gradually increasing as they have gone from one hour to a full morning outside, the 165 visitors to the farm were told. By April 7th it had steadied off at 7kg of dry matter a cow of the 24kg of dry matter a day cows are eating.

For the full review, click here

Finding the real potential of milk from grazing - Thursday, April 16, 2009

A number of farmers, who include a few BGS members who measure grass, have agreed to supply this information and to take grass samples for a DairyCo project, with its extension officer Piers Badnell and reports will be published each week on its website. 

The farms picked for this seasons measurements are examples of excellent grassland management, the aim being to demonstrate the true potential of grazed grass if managed well, says Piers. 

Cumbria cows extended grazing season - BGS, RABDF and DairyCo. Spring Farmwalk - Thursday, April 2, 2009

Robert and Jackie Craig opened up their system at Cairn Head Farm, Ainstable, Carlisle, to the scrutiny of 165 visitors on Tuesday, March 31st. Robert told us how 10 years ago he had 80 dairy cows and 300 sheep, with milk quota costs eating into profits and making it difficult to expand. They were feeding a total mixed ration, cows were fat and it was hard work. After attending a British Grassland Society grazing conference, he joined a group with Carol Gibson and started learning the New Zealand philosophy of monitoring costs and grass.

Help with paper-based fertiliser records - Thursday, April 2, 2009

A new Tried & Tested nutrient management plan has been developed to help farmers plan their fertiliser and manure use, meet increasing regulatory demands and protect the environment.

The plan offers practical advice to aid better record-keeping. It means crop nutrition needs are more easily met and, by optimising fertiliser use, farmers will potentially save money.

Staffs cows out all winter - BGS, RABDF and DairyCo. Spring Farm Walk - Monday, March 30, 2009

For a full report of the day, click here

Effective Magnesium Supplementation at Turnout Crucial - Friday, March 27, 2009

Steadily rising pasture potash levels in spring grass year on year are likely to be depressing magnesium availability in the rumen, warns Rumenco technical manager David Thornton 

"Analysis of average potassium levels in spring grass reveals an upward trend, from 2.63%K in 2006, to 2.72% in 2007 and 2.85% in 2008. This is probably due to increased slurry applications rather than any extra usage of potash fertilisers, but the danger of magnesium 'lock up' and threat of grass staggers is very real this year," he says. 

NVZ derogation agreed – with strict conditions - Friday, March 13, 2009

Defra's request for a derogation on livestock manure application limits in EU Nitrates Directive has been agreed at the EU Nitrates Committee for the UK. 

The regulations limited the total amount of nitrogen from livestock manure that can be applied on a farm to 170kg of nitrogen/ha a year. The derogation allows farmers who meet certain conditions to apply up to a maximum of 250kg. 

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