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Finding solution to spiralling feed costs conference

Farmers facing soaring winter feed costs could find ways to cut production costs by considering grazing systems as a way of providing low-cost, quality feed. Therefore the British Grassland Society and the British Society of Animal Science will examine the advantages of grazing to livestock sector during their conference, Profitable and Sustainable Grazing Systems.

Bringing together researchers, scientists, advisers and farmers, the two-day event at the Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern (Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 February) will explore how grazing systems can help cut costs and improve the environment.

Experts from the UK, Ireland and France will discuss the latest techniques, technoloies and grazing systems for dairy, beef and sheep, as well as future priorities for grazing research and development.

Dr Sinclair Mayne, President of the British Grassland Society, said the conference was of huge importance to producers and their advisers, helping them to grow and utilise highquality grass under grazing.

“With increasing feed costs this winter likely to remain in the foreseeable future, the conference will focus on the potential of grazing to deliver profitable and sustainable livestock systems,” he said.

“This really is a must attend event for anyone with an interest in increasing production from grass.”

Sessions across the two-day event will include:
• Global and local challenges for grazing systems
• Environmental and product quality benefits of grassland-based livestock systems
• Key challenges and opportunities in grassland management
• What can science provide to grassland farmers?
• Knowledge transfer: bridging the gap between research and farm practice
• Future research and development priorities for grassland-based livestock systems

Those wishing to attend the event should register at www.britishgrassland.com.

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