Group photo, BGS Summer Meeting 2016 in Brittany
Please note that booking closed on 08/06/2016
*** Outline of activities and visits ***
On Monday we will visit two dairy farms. Our first stop will be a 55-cow dairy unit near Ruffiac, south-west of Rennes. Production from forage is optimised on this 53.5ha farm, which focuses on quality grass/clover leys as well as utilising Lucerne, tritcale and maize (silage and grain).
The afternoon visit is to Gaec de la Branchette in Argenture du Plessis, east of Rennes. This organic dairy farm run by the Lemesle family has 180 cows over 180ha, with a diversified enterprise also producing organic breads and offering holiday accommodation.
Later on, we have an evening visit arranged to the Cité du Lait (city of milk) dairy museum, Lactopole. The BGS AGM will take place after the tour at 7.30pm, followed by a buffet supper with wine.
On Tuesday we will have three farm visits. Our morning and early afternoon visits will be to beef farms, whilst later we will move on to a dairy farm with robotic milking. After dinner near our hotel, there will be an opportunity to go into the centre of Rennes to enjoy the festivities and music performances that will mark Music Day in France.
On Wednesday morning we will visit the Normandy Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture experimental farm at St Lô, before continuing our journey to Cherbourg for the afternoon ferry to Portsmouth.
There isn't a parallel alternative tour this year, but we will be incorporating social aspects into the summer meeting schedule. Being there at the same time as Music Day, which is celebrated in towns and villages alike with a variety of musical happenings, means that we can add some very local entertainment to the mix!
Members can find initial details on page 8 of the 2016 Spring edition of Grass and Forage Farmer, available here. Or on page 6 of the Summer edition.
*** Notice 24.05.2016 - TWIN ROOM We are looking for a male to take a place in a shared twin room. If you don't mind, and would like to benefit from the discounted rate available for sharing please select the relevant option on the booking form and indicate in the booking notes. Thank you ***
BGS is a membership organisation which acts as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage.