Agri-Shop Ltd
Farminguk
26 May 2016 | Online since 2003
Less co2 Limited


16 July 2014 14:16:52|

Seven steps for forage success


Poor optimisation of forage yields through simple losses in field, clamp and at feeding out could be causing dry matter (DM) declines upwards of 40%, farmers were told at the Forage Field demonstrations held at the Livestock event.
Optimising growth and keeping losses to a minimum were the key messages from experts across a series of seven practical demonstrations designed to help farmers make more from their grass and forage.
“Grazed grass costs around £35 per t/DM and silage £80-£150 per t/DM to grow and feed,” explained Dr George Fisher of British Grassland Society (BGS). “So when we consider that replacing losses with concentrate can be £250 per t/DM, it is essential that farms are ensuring they have robust systems and plans in place to prevent unnecessary waste as much as possible.”

Organised by the BGS and RABDF with technical support from DairyCo, Sil-All, Dow Agrosciences, Germinal Seeds and Volac the demonstrations gave an insight into how on farm systems can be evaluated to further improve productivity.
“Soil health is very important to successful growth, non-compacted soils are able to hold at least three times more water resulting in an increase of grass growth of 20– 30%,” Dr Fisher explained. “In addition healthier soils utilise nutrients more efficiently, maximising investment.”

In addition to soil health, farmers were encouraged to evaluate their grass management decisions in terms of variety, weed management and ensuring efficient grazing practices to ensure that all are helping a farm reach its potential. Other steps addressed management of silage at ensiling, the clamp and feed out.
“The use of an inoculant, containing one or more bacteria or a biological agent, can dramatically improve the rate and efficiency of fermentation.” explained Louis Hurdidge, Ruminant Specialist at Sil-All. “This will reduce dry matter losses and result in more stable silage that has retained digestibility, nutrients and proteins from the original forage.”
“Each system is different,” Mr Hurdidge concludes. “However quality forage will drive profits in all systems so thinking carefully about the process and aiming for success at each stage can improve feed intake, live weight gain and increase milk yields from grass and forage.”

Download





0 Comment


loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

World News

New Zealand | 25 May 2016
Chilled meat exports to China won't happen overnight

Farmers should not expect a quick increase in export returns as a result of recently agreed protocols to allow access of New Zealand chilled meat into China, says the head of investment for Chinese me...


Paraguay | 25 May 2016
Paraguayan farmers defend native seeds over GMOs

About 100 farmers with peasant organizations on Tuesday left their family farms in Paraguay's interior to attend a fair in downtown Asuncion, where they displayed their native seeds, the basis for the...


New Zealand | 25 May 2016
Data points to big productivity gains for agriculture

Agriculture is the most productive sector in New Zealand. Year on year, productivity gains in agriculture outstrip those in other sectors. Between 1978, when the Fieldays at Mystery Creek was only ...


Ghana | 25 May 2016
Brexit may provide boost for African agriculture

A UK departure from the European Union could help African countries to speed up agricultural innovation that is currently held back by stringent health and safety regulations. Next to raw minerals,...


Australia | 25 May 2016
South Australia urged to support local dairy farmers

South Australians have been urged to continue supporting local farmers by snubbing home brand dairy items. About 100 farmers rallied in support of the industry outside Parliament House in Adelaide ...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed

Farms and Land for sale

PropertyLocation
PropertyAgent
PropertyMinimumPrice
PropertyMaximumPrice
PropertyCategory

Holiday Rentals search

AccommodationKeyword
AccommodationType
AccommodationCounty
AccommodationStarRating


Top stories you may have missed
closeicon
Username
Password