Cheshire Grassland Society

Cheshire Grassland Society (CGS) founded over 50 years ago provides farmers and industry members in Cheshire and surrounding areas with a forum to learn and network with like-minded people. The aim of the society is to share knowledge and ideas and to learn not only form the speakers and farms visited, but from each other. CGS members are a forward thinking progressive group of people.  Members range in age, sector and background. We welcome all to attend meetings and events and encourage anyone interested to join and benefit from taking part.

All meetings will be held at Reaseheath College in the Lecture Theatre.  Non-members are welcome and after the meeting, light refreshment will be served in the College Bield Bar which gives an excellent opportunity to continue the evening’s discussion.

Winter Programme

CGS holds a series of winter meetings, which run from October to March, speakers include both farmers and industry from a variety of backgrounds. Topics in the past have centered around farmer success stories (including new entrants), new research, Nuffield scholarships, overseas farming and subjects that are of interest and insightful to all sectors where ideas may be implemented on your farm. Meetings are held at Reaseheath College. The forthcoming 2017/18 winter programme details are yet to be confirmed.

Silage and Grassland Competitions

Held annually (February and Spring respectively) giving members an opportunity to compete and benchmark following feedback from the judges. The winner of the CGS grassland competition is automatically entered into the regional heat of British Grassland Society grassland competition for judging. If successful they will then be entered into the BGS national grassland competition for judging.

This years Grassland competition winner is Paul Billington at Broadoak Farm, Siddington

Farm Walks

There are two evening farm walks held each year. The first of which takes place in April and is held on a farm in the Cheshire area which will be of interest to all members from whatever background. The second walk of the year is hosted by the grassland competition winner.  This is a chance for them to showcase their success and a chance for the Master judge to explain why that particular farm has won the competition. This usually takes place in June.

Summer Study Tour

The CGS summer study tour, held at the end of June each year is a two-day overnight tour, organised by the committee to a variety of exceptional, interesting and diverse farms with varying farm systems and breeds. An ideal opportunity to learn from other farm businesses’ outside the county of Cheshire.

Membership

If you are interested in finding out more and/or becoming a member, please get in touch with CGS secretary Lesley Innes via email: lesleyi@reaseheath.ac.uk or telephone: 01270 625131 ext 7308. Membership is £20 per annum and all funds go towards supporting the society’s schedule of activity.

CGS is affiliated with British Grassland Society (BGS) and members benefit from discounted study tour and event registration. Members will also receive a quarterly e-newsletter and the Grass and Forage Manager Magazine. Please visit BGS website for more information

http://www.britishgrassland.com/