Forage options

Guidelines for making good quality baled silage 

SeThe principles of making baled silage are the same as pit silage:

1) Remove all air and maintain air-free through to feedout

2) Reduce silage pH (level determined by the extent of wilting).....Read More



Forage Maize Growing 2015

Key point: You must target good yield and quality. To achieve this; choose a good site, plastic cover where appropriate, the most suitable variety for your site, and follow best practise crop nutrition and weed control recommendations.

In 2015, maize may well offer good quality feed at a low price compared to offer forage options....Read More


Second Cut Silage 

Second cut silage is typically more expensive to produce than first cut and quality also tends to be variable.  This has made second cut silage less common in recent years.....Read More



Forage Option Values (correct 12/6/13)

The table below has two columns of forage values;
1) Value today (12-6-13) based on straights prices for bulk loads tipped. (8 ton retail prices delivered blown minus €7 for tipping)
2) Value next winter based on projected prices for bulk loads of straights tipped......Read More


Renewed Focus on Grass Silage

After the difficult grass management year in 2012, silage yields and quality led to forage shortages and expensive feeding in the winter just past. There is therefore a renewed interest in making more silage, and better quality silage, in 2013.....Read More


Whole Crop Cereals/High Moisture Grain

It is essential to monitor the dry matter of the crop regularly, starting a month before the anticipated harvest date. Dry matter can change by 1-2% per day once the crop has reached 45% dry matter....Read More

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