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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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