Germinal reinforces commitment to forage innovation

Germinal has announced the appointment of Grace Welling to the new position of Herbage Seed Production and Product Development officer.

This new role will see Grace offering agronomic advice to UK seed growers to help them maximise high quality herbage seed production. She will also support the company’s on-farm field trials and demonstrations work, for the benefit of all dairy, beef and sheep farmers. Grace will be based at the Germinal Research Station in Wiltshire, working with the company’s existing seed production and research and development teams.

Commenting on Grace’s appointment, Germinal GB managing director, Paul Billings, said: “As specialists in forage, Germinal is always looking to the future. We are driving innovation in herbage seed production so we can deliver new varieties that help British livestock farmers meet the challenges they face. In recent years our new grass and forage varieties have consistently delivered improvements in forage utilisation and environmental performance, driving on-farm efficiency, maximising yields and farmers’ profitability.

 “A key part to this is our progressive approach to product development and to sharing knowledge – we trial new varieties on our own research site in Wiltshire and take our learnings to farm to demonstrate best practice. As a fully-qualified herbage seed crop inspector, with a strong family history in herbage seed production, Grace will play a key role in helping us accelerate this science-based R&D activity, ensuring we continue to drive progress in our support for British farmers.”

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.