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EU funding measures to support farmers - Monday, December 5, 2016

As a response to ongoing market difficulties, The European Commission has presented a new package of measures to support farmers, particularly in the dairy market. An ‘exceptional adjustment scheme’ is one such measure, and the UK has been allocated €30m for economic sustainability, market stabilisation and improvement of longer-term structural problems.

Compost and digestate quality – what’s your experience? - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A cross-industry working group is seeking feedback from users and advisers on product quality of compost and digestate products.

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. 

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.

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 www.sheeplameness.co.ukexplains 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.

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.
 
Pink bales in aid of breast cancer charity hailed as huge success - Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The charitable campaign by BGS Corporate Member, Volac, that has seen farms around the country displaying bright pink silage bales in aid of breast cancer research has been hailed a huge success.

According to Jackie Bradley of Volac, the campaign, which raises money from sales of a specially-produced pink version of the film used to wrap the bales, has already raised over £18,500 for the charity, Breast Cancer Now.

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