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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.

Nation-wide Pollinator Management Events - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) is running a range of pollinator events across England this summer. Events will focus on how to provide space for pollinators by making the best use of unproductive areas of the farm.

With over 30 events planned in total, they are located across the country and held at various times in the day and evening - meaning that everyone should be able to find at least one to attend.

RABDF Announce changes to the Livestock Event from 2017 - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RABDF have today announced changes to the future of the Livestock Event post 2016.

This year’s event is unaffected and will be held next week, 6-7 July at the NEC. Find BGS at our Forage Field Feature in partnership with Germinal.

AHDB Grass Research Day 29th June - Friday, June 24, 2016

Join AHDB and NIAB for this event to hear about the practical outcomes from recent research projects from the UK and Ireland.

NIAB Headley Hall, Headley Hall Farm, Spen Common Lane, Tadcaster, LS24 9NT

Wednesday 29th June 2016

10.30am – 3.00pm


10:30 – Arrival, registration, tea and coffee 

Past BGS President Sarah Byford receives MBE in Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list - Thursday, June 16, 2016

BGS is delighted to hear that our first lady president, Sarah Byford (2008/09) has been recognised for her voluntary services to grassland societies and rural communities by being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list. We wish to congratulate Sarah, who remains a dedicated and active member of BGS as well as the Welsh Federation of Grassland Societies and her local Society in Monmouthshire, where she is in her 44th year as secretary.

BGS at event engaging children with sustainable farming - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

On Tuesday June 14 BGS Technical Project Manager, Charlotte Evans was involved with a day out on-farm for school children in the Helston area, Cornwall. The Kingfisher Award, which is run annually as an educational initiative of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group SW, provides children with the opportunity to go out on to farms and explore the natural world.

Notice of BGS AGM - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Notice is given that the BGS AGM will take place on Monday 20th June at Lactopole dairy Museum, Laval, Brittany at 7.30pm. The agenda and draft 2015 minutes are available in the members' section of the website. 

Livestock Event Forage Field - Thursday, June 9, 2016

All visitors to Livestock Event will be able to find out how to make more from forage, the most cost effective form of feed, at the sector’s largest business to business event staged on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July at The NEC, Birmingham. Entry is free to all visitors. 

Forage Field will be among the key hands-on demonstrations, organised in conjunction with the British Grassland Society and will be split in to two areas. 

New Recommended List out now (RGCL) - Monday, June 6, 2016

The new edition of the England and Wales Recommended List is now available on the BGS website, where you can find pdf versions of the farmer and merchant handbooks as well as an interactive spreadsheet and link through to the on-line tool hosted by AHDB.

Last chance to book for Summer Meeting in Brittany - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This year sees BGS making a diversion from the norm, heading away from the British Isles for our Summer Meeting. In a little under two weeks we’ll be departing from Portsmouth to head down to Rennes in the east of Brittany in north-western France.


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