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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.

'Our Cow Molly' BBC Food & Farming Award Winner 2016 - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
BBC Future Food Award

This award was looking for cutting-edge innovation and pioneering work that could influence how the UK's food will be grown, distributed and sold in future. This award is for an ambitious and ground-breaking idea found within the food supply chain; from initiatives by national retailers and major food and drink manufacturers to new models being put into practice by farmers and producers. We want to hear about the big ideas other food businesses will want to follow.

Soil Quality Project and Workshop - Thursday, May 12, 2016

BGS is delighted to be involved in a new collaborative research project, led by Newcastle University and funded by SARIC, the Sustainable Agriculture and Research Innovation Club, an industry/public funding consortium.

BGS Competition – Don’t miss the chance to become the next Grassland Farmer of the Year - Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The first round deadline for entrants to the BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year competition 2016 is Friday 3rd June. BGS direct and affiliated local society members are encouraged to act now to make sure they don’t miss the chance of getting their entry or nomination competed by the deadline.


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