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Book Now for BGS Tour to South West Wales!

The British Grassland Society Summer Meeting is travelling to South West Wales in July, to see and hear how eight farmers in the area produce high quality milk and meat and run thriving and innovative businesses based around pasture.

photo © Jennifer MacKenzie


Hosted by Pembrokeshire, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire Grassland Societies, the tour will be based at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel in Pembroke Dock, and run from 8-11 July. Local farmers are also welcome to join on a daily basis.

The visits include one to a pedigree Holstein Friesian herd averaging 9,000l of milk with almost half coming from forage to a 1500 ewe unit combining productive grass/clover leys with environmental management of coastal heath.

The benefits of cross-breeding for dairy and beef systems will be debated and on one farm delegates will meet a BGS Grazing Partner who mentors other local farmers on grassland management.

The tour will also look at the role of on-farm diversification and retailing as well as the difficulties of working against a backdrop of Bovine TB.

As always – there is a large social element to the Summer Meeting, including a hog roast and the BGS Annual Gala Dinner, offering a chance to chat to other grassland farmers, researchers, advisers from across the UK.

For more details and to book a place visit the BGS website or call Gemma on 02476 696 600.

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