Major Conference for Grassland Farmers

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Major Conference for Grassland Farmers


PROGRESSIVE grassland farmers and enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to attend a major conference focusing on the future of grassland farming in Northern Ireland.

Organized by the Ulster Grassland Society the conference will address the theme `Grassland farming - Facing the Future'.

A quality line-up of speakers from across the British Isles should ensure that everyone attending, whatever their area of interest, will benefit from participating in this prestigious event.

Following the society's 42nd annual general meeting at 10am the morning programme will commence with a short presentation from Bill Yarr on the AgriSearch initiative which, through partner funding, is encouraging research of immediate value to the industry.

This will be followed by the presentation of awards in the various society competitions.

Prior to lunch, a session will look at the challenges facing the beef sector both on the world scene and closer to home within Europe. These discussions will be led by papers from Nuffield Scholar Paul Hinwood (Shropshire) and John Shirley of the Irish Farmers Journal.

Following lunch, which always allows an opportunity for further discussion and debate, the afternoon session will focus on dairying and especially cow fertility and other breeding issues such as longevity, milk quality etc.

A paper from Roel Veerkamp, of the Institute of Animal Science & Health in the Netherlands, will speak on the wider aspects of dairy cow breeding while Sinclair Mayne, of the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, and Pat Dillon, of Moorepark, will concentrate on aspects specific to the issue of fertility. As always, there will be ample opportunity for questions throughout the days proceedings.

The conference will also feature the presentation of awards in both the UGS Countryside Management Competition and the UGS/Northern Bank Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition. The announcement of the results in these competitions, which are keenly contested, is always a highlight of the Annual Conference.

The conference takes place on Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at Greenmount College, Antrim, with proceedings getting underway at 10am.

UGS members wishing to attend should return their booking forms to UGS secretary, Dr Mike Camlin, without delay. Non-members of the society are especially welcome to attend and should contact Mike Camlin on 028 9054 8000 as soon as possible for further details.

Portraits of the speakers ...

Bill Yarr:

Bill Yarr is a graduate of QUB and worked in the textile industry and LEDU before joining the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society as Chief Executive in 1978.

Active in a number of national and international agricultural organisations he is Past Chairman of the Association of Shows & Agricultural Organisations and a Fellow of Royal Agricultural Societies. …

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