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 IBERS Grassland Development Centre

Training courses

Five practical one-day courses for all interested in improving their farming skills

All courses are run by IBERS Grassland Development Centre staff

  • Make the most of grassland - an introduction

  • Make the most of soils for grassland

  • Make the most of grazed grass

  • Make the most of silage

  • Make the most of pasture quality


Each of the five courses, led by experienced trainers, is a standalone unit accredited to Level 2. The units are linked and can be combined to give a formal recognised qualification providing a sound knowledge base in grassland management built on recent, and longstanding research and development.


Why? Improving grassland management increases livestock profitability

  • Soil compaction reduces grass yield costing up to £200 / ha

  • Up to 50% of grass grown is wasted losing feed valued at between £1,000 and £5,000 / ha

  • Silage losses can be between 10 - 70% between cutting and feedout; replacing this with concentrates is costly

  • Within 5 years over half the sown species in a sward are often replaced by poorer quality secondary species, that have lower yields, quality and response to N fertiliser


Benefit from improved grassland management

  • Use manures and fertilisers more efficiently and save money

  • Maintain sward yields and quality for longer

  • Select the best reseeding technique for your situation

  • Make better silage and reduce purchased concentrates

  • Meet cross compliance legislation

  • Reduce the farm carbon footprint



Sue Buckingham, IBERS Grassland Development Centre
Tel. 01970 823058

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Accredited by Agored Cymru

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