Summer Meeting Visits Revealed
By now you will have received the Spring 2017 edition of Grass and Forage Manager - we really hope that you like the new look and title of our quarterly magazine, and also draw your attention to the center pages, where you’ll find details of the exciting schedule planned for this year’s Summer Meeting in Shropshire.
Amongst a diverse range of visits, in the so-called ‘county of contrast’ (referring to its former-industrial towns and sweeping countryside), will be a trip to see BGS 2014/15 President David Lee’s spring-block calving dairy farm, as well as James Evans, who was Farmer’s Weekly Beef Farmer of the Year in 2012, John and Edward Higgins, who run 1,300 ewes, finishing lambs primarily through rotational grazing and Tim and Louise Downes, who run an organic dairy, Tim having completed a Nuffield Scholarship and being awarded OMSCo Farmer of the Year in 2015.
The above is by no means an exhaustive list, with other attractions including further dairy farms and a tour of the farm research facilities at Harper Adams University (which will be the main venue/accommodation). There will also be nightly social activities and an alternative programme for those wishing to take in some of Shropshire’s cultural/historical sites.
Booking will be available from early-May, and cost is expected to be in the region of £360 for full BGS members.
Images: Top, Winnington Green, David Lee. Bottom, Longnor, Tim Downes.