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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.

New Rules for Bait Rodenticides - Thursday, August 25, 2016

What
After 30 September you must be able to demonstrate compliance with the UK Rodenticide Stewardship requirements before you are allowed to buy and use bait rodenticides.

AHDB has scheduled two webinars, directed at the whole farming sector, which will explain your options.

When
Wednesday 14 September 7-8pm, or
Thursday 15 September 7-8pm

Who
This new legislation applies to ALL who buy and use Rodenticides to control pests

Stapledon Innovation and Technology Fellowships - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

At the 2016 Livestock Event the Trust and BGS announced the launch of the Stapledon Innovation and Technology Interaction Fellowships.  

Somerset Grassland Society Chairman’s Farm Walk 2016 - Thursday, July 21, 2016

Somerset Grassland Society have a great tradition of the chairman opening their farm for the group each summer. This year that duty fell to Rachel Horler, who kindly hosted a walk with her husband Joe at their holding, Maundrils Farm, West Huntspill.

Deeper rooting forage grasses offer solution to flooding - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Could deeper rooting forage grasses being developed at leading research establishments in the UK offer a sustainable solution to some of the more damaging consequences of climate change? 

Learning from the BGS Summer Meeting in Brittany - Thursday, June 30, 2016

As I write, we've just returned from the British Grassland Society summer meeting in Brittany. Our group, mostly farmers but also some scientists and commercial members, learned much about livestock farming just across the Channel, as well as experiencing some typically excellent French fare and hospitality! Brittany is an important livestock and also vegetable growing region, but NVZ legislation means that stocking rates are strongly limited, in an area where farms are generally considerably smaller than here.

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