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RABDF new Managing Director - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

RABDF has appointed Matt Knight as managing director with responsibility for commercial operations. Tim Brigstocke continues as the Association’s policy director. Matt joined RABDF three years ago as event director to manage the Association’s portfolio of farming events to which Saltex, the UK’s national event for grounds care, amenities and estates management, was introduced last year. 

Pasture Fed Livestock Association seeks chief executive - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association promotes the raising of ruminant livestock exclusively on grazed and conserved pasture and forage. It is a membership organisation of farmers and butchers, working together to build the market for certified Pasture for Life beef, lamb and milk and is recruiting a chief executive, initially part-time, to build on its solid achievements and take the Pasture for Life certification mark to scale.

Weather cutbacks with good silage - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dairy farmers should start planning next year’s silage production now if serious about producing more milk from forage and relying less on bought-in feeds, some of which could be affected by Brexit, a silage expert is urging.

According to Ecosyl product manager, Derek Nelson, while there are certainly reports of good grass silage this season, in other cases silage isn’t feeding as well as expected and energy and protein levels appear to be down. Conversely, where quality is there, quantity may not be, he adds.

AHDB Dairy grants offered to attend accredited events - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

AHDB Dairy is offering a number of grants towards attending a selection of Dairy Pro-accredited conferences over the next few months. The orginal news item can be found at stating that the grants are "aimed at encouraging the profitable growth and development of dairy farming in Great Britain". 

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Innovation and Technology Fellowships Deadline Approaching - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

There’s only a couple of weeks left to get your applications in for the first tranche of Stapledon Innovation and Technology Fellowships. The deadline for the awards, worth up to £3,000 for travel and study related to identifying and developing innovative practices within the grass and forage sector, is 30 November 2016.

Autumn Grass Flush - Use it or Lose it! - Thursday, October 13, 2016

Use it or lose it’ is the clear message for livestock farmers with unusually abundant grass covers as we move into autumn.

According to Helen Mathieu of forage experts Germinal GB, many parts of the country continue to see grass growth well ahead of an average year, with soil temperatures remaining relatively high. This is an opportunity not to be missed, she insists, and failure to capitalise could even be counter-productive.

New Resource for Sheep Lameness - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The new on-line educational resource at how to build flock resilience to the infectious causes of lameness and the steps needed to reduce the disease challenge on farm.

Cover Crops - Saved Seed Rules Reminder - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

As part of the FAIR PLAY campaign on farm-saved seed, the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) is reminding growers that using farm-saved seed of eligible varieties in cover crop mixtures is subject to the same seed regulations and FSS rules as harvested crops.

Interest in the use of cover crops among arable farmers has increased recently in response to CAP greening requirements and as research has demonstrated the rotational benefits of cover crops for soil quality, reduced nutrient losses, and improved weed and disease management.

Silage, Pre-mowing, Reed Beds and more at the 2015 Winner’s Farm Walk - Thursday, September 15, 2016

At the end of August BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year 2015 winner Colin Boggs opened his farm to host the Winner's Farm Walk. Taking place at Clover Hill Farm, about an hour south of Belfast in County Down, the event attracted a crowd of over 150, with many engaging in lively questioning as Colin, who modestly expected 50 -70 attendees, explained his approach to grassland dairying at various stops throughout the farm tour.

The Award for Grassland Farmer of the Year goes to... - Friday, September 9, 2016
Eurig Jenkins, a dairy farmer from Pentrefelin Farm near Lampeter, Ceredigion has won the BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year competition. The announcement was made at our awards evening held in Belfast last week, jointly hosted with Ulster Grassland Society and kindly sponsored by Yara and DLF.


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