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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.

Beef Feed Efficiency programme - Limousin sired calves required - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Beef Feed Efficiency Programme requires Limousin sired calves

Pink bale wrap for breast cancer charity re-launched - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Following the success of last year's campaign to raise money for breast cancer research, leading ensiling and livestock nutrition company Volac is once again raising money for charity, through launching a special pink version of its Topwrap silage bale film. 

For every roll of the pink Topwrap film purchased, £3 will be donated to the charity Breast Cancer Now – with contributions toward the £3 coming from Volac themselves, as well as Trioplast, the film’s manufacturer, and from the merchant supplying the roll.

EGF 2016 Registration Now Open! - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The system for registration is now open on the website

The 26th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation (EGF) will be held in Trondheim, Norway

Information on the five mid-conference tours, on the post-conference tour and the associate delegates program you may find on ‘Additional tours’.

Search is on for the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2016 - Wednesday, March 9, 2016

This week sees the launch of the prestigious ‘Grassland Farmer of the Year’ competition, run by the British Grassland Society and sponsored by DLF and Yara. The hunt is on to find the grassland champion for 2016, and is open to entries from affiliated local grassland societies and BGS members in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The prize-winning farmer will be someone who demonstrates overall excellence in grassland management and who is a successful contributor towards profitable and sustainable farming practices.

Agricultural Floodbank Restoration Scheme - Scotland - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Important - deadline for applications is 29th February 2016

Scottish Government's one million pound Agricultural Floodbank Repair Scheme is now open, meaning that any land manager whose uninsured floodbanks were damaged in the storms between 5 December 2015 and 9 January 2016 and who farms in one of the nine eligible local authorities can apply for up to £20,000 of grant support to help with restoration costs.

Would you like to have your views on dairy farm biosecurity heard? - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Researchers at The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science are undertaking a five year research project investigating how vaccines and biosecurity measures are used, and analysing the perspectives of British dairy farmers and veterinary surgeons.  The research is funded by AHDB Dairy, The University of Nottingham and The Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine.

Germinal Lucerne Training Sessions - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Following on from the success of last year’s Forage Protein Courses and a sharp increase in interest in Lucerne as a crop, Germinal have decided to hold more Lucerne Training Sessions again this year. Germinal are delighted to be joined by Jerome Vasseur from their Lucerne breeding partners in France, Jouffray-Drillaud.  He will lead delegates through an interactive session to help consolidate the learning process.

The Lucerne Training Sessions to be held at:


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