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Become an ON-Farm 2016 grassland guru

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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