Grass Farming for the Future

Grass Farming for the Future


Be the NFYFC-BGS Future Grassland Farmer of the Year.

Congratulations to Dafydd Phillips of Hermon YFC for winning the title of Future Grassland Farmer 2014. He also wins a scholarship to attend the BGS Summer Meeting 2015. To see a copy of his prize-winning poster click here.

Dafydd hillips Young Grassland Farmer

* See the documents list at the bottom of this page for the 2014 competition scenario and submission details *

BGS have teamed up with the Young Farmers to run a young grassland farmer competition which offers a training opportunity as well as the chance to win a sought after prize and attend our BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year awards evening.

Believe it or not, GRASS is still the cheapest, most versatile, and easiest crop we grow and feed to our animals today. This crop, which was domesticated over 12,000 years ago, accounts for 70% of UK farm land but is still largely underutilised despite being a profit driver in all systems.

So if you want to find out how good grassland management can help you farm for years to come - get involved and challenge yourself to become a Future Grassland Farmer.

The training event will include:

  • Grassland Management for sheep/beef/dairy

  • Grassland Management and the Environment

  • Grassland based Business Skills

  • All participants will receive a Guide to Grassland Management booklet

To enter the competition you will need to complete a grassland farm business scenario, working either in pairs or individually. The scenario and details of the competition can be downloaded by clicking 'Misc Publications' at the bottom of this page.

The juding panel for 2014 are: Dr George Fisher, BGS Acting Director, Charlotte Evans, BGS and Tony Hoile, DairyCo and BGS Council Member for the North (casting vote).

The 2014 training day was held on the 17th September in Somerset. READ ABOUT THE DAY HERE

The awards evening will be on the 17th October in Cheshire.  FOR DETAILS CLICK HERE


To find out more contact:

Photo: 2013 Winner, Sarah Hurford at the awards evening. As and example of a winning submission an extract from Sarah's submission is provided in the link at the bottom of this page.

Misc Publications
Publication Download
Competition Timeline and Submission Details
Grassland Farmer of the Future 2014 - Competition Scenario
Example Extract from previous winning submission - Sarah Hurford 2013


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