Grass management workshop aims to grow profitability

Producers of red meat are being taught about the connections between grass management and profitability. 

The latest developments in grass growth will be the topic of discussion at the ON-Farm 2017 workshops, hosted by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). The sessions will be held at the Pencoed Campus of Bridgend College on 2 May at 7pm.

Three guest speakers will be in attendance to share practical knowledge that delegates will be able to utilise to make the most out of every inch of pasture, leading to increased yields to boost profitability and sustainability.

Grassland expert Chris Duller will be in attendance as a speaker, where he will focus on how farmers can translate improvements in their grassland into gains in productivity and the bottom line. He will present a practical guide on how to make the most of the new ‘Recommended Grass and Clover List 2017-28’ – an annual industry glossary which collates the latest research into one place.

The University of Liverpool’s Dr Joe Angell, will also be present to give a talk. Angell is a researcher involved in the Contagious Ovine Digital Dermatitis (CODD) project. CODD currently affects more than 35% of farms in the UK although, according to HCC, it can be avoided. Angell will discuss with farmers how a few simple steps can be taken to reduce the risk and save money.

Local veterinarian, Rhian Matthews of Maes Glas Vets, will complete the line-up. Her focus will be on improving fertility in the suckler herd.

“HCC’s ON-Farm 2017 programme is part of our practical research and development activity, which benefits the red meat industry, working together with universities and other agencies to promote the results of new research directly to farmers and processors,” said HCC’s James Ruggeri, industry development executive.

“We look forward to inviting red meat producers from south-east Wales to Bridgend College’s Pencoed Campus for an informative and interesting evening meeting. We will also combine the event with hands-on afternoon sessions for the college students to make the most of the experts’ knowledge.”

For anyone interested in attending the ON-Farm 2017 conference, contact HCC on or 01970 625050. Registration will be open at 6.30pm, with a 7pm start. Light refreshments will be served.

Ruggeri concluded: “Farmers will be able to request a copy of the brand new edition of the ‘Recommended Grass and Clover List’, receive information on HCC Scholarship opportunities for 2017 and HCC’s wider work in promoting and developing Welsh Lamb, Welsh Beef and pork from Wales.”

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