Silage

Case introduces new top end variable chamber balers

Case introduces new top end variable chamber balers

In May, Case brought to the world’s attention the various upgrades it had made to its basic variable chamber baler...

June 9, 2022

‘Don’t let high fuel costs put you off extra silage cuts’

‘Don’t let high fuel costs put you off extra silage cuts’

Ecosyl silage specialist Peter Smith is urging farmers not to let high fuel costs deter them from making extra cuts...

May 18, 2022

Five ideas to help boost silage quality in 2022

Five ideas to help boost silage quality in 2022

Gains from improved milk prices could be eroded by high costs of nitrogen (N) fertiliser unless dairy farmers focus on...

February 6, 2022

Maintaining silage quality during the winter period

Maintaining silage quality during the winter period

The housed period has begun on farms, with silage pits now being opened to feed stock for the winter ahead,...

November 27, 2021

Forage utilisation key to improving farm sustainability

Forage utilisation key to improving farm sustainability

Ruminant-based livestock sectors will achieve the sustainability improvements they need to make, through improved forage utilisation, according to United Feeds...

November 9, 2021

Fodder planning: Have you enough silage for this winter?

Fodder planning: Have you enough silage for this winter?

Silage cutting is in full swing again this week as the sunny spells and settled weather conditions have provided an...

August 26, 2021

Wilting silage – is it worthwhile?

Wilting silage – is it worthwhile?

Wilting is one of the most important steps when making high quality silage – wilting increases the dry matter (DM)...

May 31, 2021

Environmental considerations for silage storage

Environmental considerations for silage storage

As silage season approaches, now is the time to consider the environmental risk of silage effluent, to avoid a pollution...

May 17, 2021

Introducing a multi-cut silage system – CAFRE

Introducing a multi-cut silage system – CAFRE

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) dairy advisors have issued guidance to milk producers in Northern Ireland on...

May 10, 2021

Multiple cutting will deliver superior quality silage

Multiple cutting will deliver superior quality silage

According to silage consultant Dr. Dave Davies, grass should be cut when it has a dry matter digestibility (DMD) value...

May 6, 2021

Dry and cold weather hampers early first-cut silage

Dry and cold weather hampers early first-cut silage

Grass growth has been severely hampered by the lack of rain and cold nights for many farms across the UK...

April 26, 2021

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Silage can never be as high a quality of forage as the grass from which it was initially made. and...

April 1, 2021

Silage trials show quicker is better when it comes to wilting

Silage trials show quicker is better when it comes to wilting

Cutting grass earlier in the day could help speed up wilting – even in overcast conditions – according to in-house...

March 11, 2021

‘Using dry NIRS is more accurate than conventional fresh sample testing’ for silage

‘Using dry NIRS is more accurate than conventional fresh sample testing’ for silage

Testing silage ahead of spring calving is crucial for cow health and performance. Knowing the dry matter, metabolisable energy and...

February 17, 2021

Multi-cut silage could help dairy farms weather the effects of drought

Multi-cut silage could help dairy farms weather the effects of drought

Making multi-cut grass silage could put dairy farms in a stronger position to withstand the effects of drought on reducing...

February 16, 2021

Forage acid loading predicted to be high in TMRs this winter

Forage acid loading predicted to be high in TMRs this winter

Early forage analyses suggest the acid loading effect of many grass and maize silages will be high within total mixed...

November 16, 2020

‘Over the years, silage DM content has increased; but nutritional quality hasn’t’

‘Over the years, silage DM content has increased; but nutritional quality hasn’t’

Little improvements have been made in the nutritional quality of Northern Ireland silage over the last decade, according to a...

May 29, 2020

Sheep advice: Think about quality over quantity when it comes to making silage

Sheep advice: Think about quality over quantity when it comes to making silage

Over the next few weeks, the task of gathering and storing next winter’s silage will begin. Sometimes on sheep farms,...

May 15, 2020