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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.

Beef and Sheep Tour Report - Day 2 - Tuesday, May 27, 2008

To find out more about what we saw at Lilburn Estates, Wooler and Broome Park Farm, Alnwick click here....

Beef and Sheep Tour Report - Day 1 - Tuesday, May 20, 2008

To find out what we saw at Dykehead Farm, Morpeth, Wallington Estate National Trust Farm Shop and Cockle Park Farm, Newcastle University click here....

Milking Grass for Profit Farm Walk, Scotland - Thursday, April 3, 2008

Robert Kirkwood believes once you buffer feed cows in summer it is hard to get them to eat the grass that is in paddocks and grass management suffers. Instead, he grows Kale or Swift for July, with cows strip grazing it each morning before they go to pasture. In August they move on to strip grazing Fodder Beet, drilled at high seed rate, so there are more plants than grown on the area grown for harvesting as winter feed.

Milking Grass for Profit Farm Walk, Devon - Monday, March 31, 2008

The one coloured cow in this bunch is a clue to Gavin Fowler's experimentation with crossbreds. But actually more of these evenly sized cows, with a narrow range of condition score, are crossbred than not. They are below average in terms of size, but Gavin's experience in terms of health and fertility results, was convincing evidence of the benefits.

Milking Grass for Profit Farm Walk, Yorkshire - Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tom Rawson (below with Jo Speed, MDC) has had his milking cows out since Jan 28th. Despite the inability to put on nitrogen on the organic farm there is enough grass, he told 160 visitors to the farm. By late March he will have cows out day and night.

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Milking Grass for Profit Farm Walk, Wales - Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Visitors to Bill Ridge's unit follow the cows down a track without a hoof mark in sight. These tracks are key to getting cows out in spring. Bill admits he is lucky to have a supply of suitable stone to build such tracks on the farm.

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Jan Crichton Travel Bursary Recipients Report - Monday, March 3, 2008

Grassland production in Ireland is quite different from that in many other European countries, especially more Eastern European countries. Through the auspices of the British Grassland Societies 'Jan Crichton Travel Bursary' I travelled to the 14th International Symposium of the European Grassland Federation, held in Ghent, Belgium in September 2007. This provided a platform for many countries especially Eastern European countries to communicate recent research results.

"Milking Grass for Profit" BGS, RABDF and MDC Spring Farm Walks - Saturday, February 23, 2008

After overwhelmingly successful Spring Farm Walks in 2007, BGS, RABDF and MDC have decided to once again join forces and create an exciting line up of farms for 2008. This year's venues are Pembrokeshire, Yorkshire, North Devon and Scotland.

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BGS National Grassland Management Competition Winner Announced - Thursday, January 31, 2008

Arthur Owen was revealed as the winner of the BGS National Grassland Management Competition 2007 at the Dairy Show on Jan 30, following delayed judging due to foot-and-mouth restrictions. The national competition, sponsored by DLF-Trifoilum and GrowHow UK, is run annually with dozens of BGS affiliated local grassland societies running local competitions and entering into seven regional rounds, from which three finalists are selected for on-farm judging.


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