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Become an ON-Farm 2016 grassland guru

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grassARE you as “green as grass” when it comes to re-seeding with the right mixture to achieve the best yield and boost profitability? Then don’t let the grass grow under your feet – sign up for the latest ON-Farm 2016 event and become a grassland guru.

ON-Farm 2016 is Hybu Cig Cymru-Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) new menu of events that is designed to share and further innovations developed from an agricultural research programme and encourage the widest take-up of on-farm efficiencies.

The latest event, at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi, Ruthin, north Wales, on Tuesday 17 May, brings together a group of grassland experts that will share practical information and advice which will enable you to squeeze the most out of every inch of perfect pasture.

“HCC operates a portfolio of research projects with a set of highly distinguished industry partners in Wales and across the UK that covers vital areas of supply chain activity. Farmers can hear, see and understand directly how research work impacts positively on their businesses – and then utilise its benefits to boost sustainable production,” said Dr. Julie Finch, HCC’s Corporate Strategy and Policy Manager.

“This, in every sense, is part of HCC’s grassroots activity to help farmers across Wales benefit directly from the wide-ranging body of research work undertaken annually under HCC’s umbrella.”

Specialist Chris Duller will lead the evening meeting discussion on the new 2016/17 Recommended Grass and Clover List for England & Wales that is jointly funded by HCC. The list is a grass seed industry manual that can help farmers achieve better yields, greater competitiveness and improve profitability. He will provide practical advice on how to get the most from the publication, and refer to some of the best varieties to use. The 2016/17 list will be formally launched at the Royal Welsh Grassland Event at the Rhug Estate, Corwen in June.

Professor Kevin Sinclair, supported by Dr Nigel Kendall, both of Nottingham University, will look at trace element utilisation. Their discussion will be based around a project that is co-funded by HCC and looks at the interaction of genetics and trace-element deficiencies.

The line-up is completed by Professor Athole Marshall, who leads the Public Good Plant Breeding Group at IBERS, Aberystwyth University, where he has overall responsibility for all the plant breeding programmes within the institute.

His talk will focus on the SUREROOT project which aims to determine whether there are variations in certain grass and clover root growth that can cope with drought, flooding or extreme conditions.

“I can guarantee that every farmer who attends this session will be armed with simple, practical advice that will help them introduce easy new grassland practices that will increase yield with the potential to boost profitability per hectare,” said Dr. Finch.

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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