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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

How’s your grass growth? - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

If you want to compare your grass growth rates and quality with others around the country check this DairyCo website for results from six farms, some of which are BGS members. These results are all from farms that are managing grass well to keep the quality high. The results are updated each week.

Catering for Horses Today - Fact Sheets Available Now - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Following a great day on the 22nd April, the Top Ten Tips from our top speakers are now available on the Forage Fact Sheets page of the BGS website.

  • Planning and building regulations and waste and muck disposal - Ben Knight, Smiths Gore
  • Pasture assessment and improvement - Heather McCalman, IBERS
  • The importance of grazing to the well-being of your horse - Ian Vandenberghe, Intelligent Horsemanship
  • Grass related health issues - Annette Longland, Equine Nutritionist
  • Forage verses concentrate - Clare Macleod


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.

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