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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.

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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