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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.

New Trustees & Advisory Committee Members required for AgriSearch - Tuesday, May 3, 2016

AgriSearch (Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council) is seeking applicants for a vacancy on its Board of Trustees and for places on its advisory committees. 

For the position of Trustee, a person with a background in finance and/or accounting is sought with a view to the successful candidate becoming Treasurer. The person should also have experience of corporate governance as well as a knowledge of and interest in the NI Agri-Food sector.

Cornwall Annual Field Day - Thursday, April 21, 2016

A great Grassland Society tradition takes place in Cornwall, whereby each year one of the four Grassland Societies there takes their turn at hosting the annual County Field Day. This year, that task was the privilege of South East Cornwall Grassland Society, an area with a mixture of farm types extending from the inland edge of Bodmin Moor to Looe and Fowey on the South-Cornish coast.

British Society of Plant Breeders’ new Youtube videos - Thursday, April 21, 2016

The British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) has made a new series of information videos available on-line. The ‘Plant Breeding Matters’ series aims to engage as wide an audience as possible by highlighting the multiple benefits of plant breeding to everyday life – from innovation in our food, fuel and fibre products, to better sports facilities and enhanced protection of our countryside, biodiversity and natural environment.

FWGS Golden Jubilee celebrations - Farm Open Days - Change of venue 13th July - Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies (FWGS) celebrates its golden jubilee this year. Five milestone events have been organised by the UK's oldest and largest specialist grassland federation to mark the occassion, focusing on meat and milk production from grass and forage based systems.

The five farm open days are open to everyone, not just members of local grassland societies, and are sure to be excellent open days. BGS will be in attendance at these events, and we hope to see you all there!

See BGS at these events in 2016 - Thursday, April 21, 2016

The BGS events season has kicked off in style, with out first event of 2016 taking place yesterday (Wednesday 20th April) courtesy of Mark Verity and family at Radholme Launde Farm, near Clitheroe in Lancashire. The BGS-RABDF and AHDB Dairy Spring Farm Walk was a great success, with an excellent turnout, bright sunshine and plenty of grass.

We hope to see many of our members and potential new members at the following events over the coming months:

Tried and Tested information – reducing bacterial spread from manure and slurry - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The nutrient management planning initiative ‘Tried and Tested’ has updated guidance on disposal of manure and slurry on its website, providing details of best practice disposal of manure and slurry to reduce spread of antibiotic resistance to the environment.


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