Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has this week sponsored a major event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies, held in Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire.
A large number of farmers, grassland specialists and trade representatives gathered at the Tudor family farm of Llysun, to share new ideas and best practice in how to manage grassland in the most effective and profitable way. Llysun is a mixed beef and sheep farm with a strong emphasis on production from forage.
Host Richard Tudor is a long-standing member of the Bro Ddyfi Grassland Society. He said, “It was great to see so many people from all over Wales at this latest event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies. There were a large number of trade stands, and the weather certainly didn’t dampen spirits.” He added, “I’m pleased that this event could focus on developing best practice in mixed grazing in the uplands – which is so important for the future of Welsh farming.”
HCC is involved in a wide range of activities in order to support improvements in grassland management which can help the whole red meat supply chain. HCC supports academic research, co-sponsors the industry’s independent ‘Bible’ the Recommended Grass and Clover List, as well as publishing guides for farmers and organising events which bring researchers and farmers together to discuss practical steps to improve grassland management and farm profitability.
James Ruggeri, HCC Technical Development Executive, was delighted with the open day. “We distributed a huge amount of literature at Llysun,” he said, “all of it aimed at linking the latest scientific advances in grassland management to making practical improvements on-farm. I’m very pleased that HCC was able to support this event.”
Photo caption: Richard Tudor hosts the HCC-sponsored grassland event at Llysun, Llanerfyl.