Silage News

  • Grassland and Muck 2017 is coming soon

    Grassland and Muck, the triennial event organised by The Royal Agricultural Society of England, returns to Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 24-25 May 2017. The two day, 190 acre event has something for every grassland farmer with a wide display of machinery, live demonstrations and grass plots, advice and technical ...

  • Are you cutting grass at the right stage of growth?

    As attention turns towards silage harvesting, an important step (and one often forgotten about) in the whole procedure is cutting. Decisions made prior to cutting, such as cutting date and time, can have a major impact on the quality of your silage. As part of Cut to Clamp, a new initiative from Volac, which aims to help farmers make consistently better silage, we take a look at the important ...

  • Improve your silage making processes

    Taking control of the preservation process Conducted among more than 100 UK dairy farmers, a massive 78% thought they could make better grass silage, says Jackie Bradley, product manager for Ecosyl, who organised the survey.     But most producers simply didn’t feel in control of the preservation process, she says, with fermentation, in particular, emerging ...


    By Ecosyl Products Limited

  • Minimise your losses with best practice ensiling

    Producing good quality silage requires care and attention to both the clamp and the ensiling process. If biological processes in the clamp go wrong, this can result in average losses of 20-25%. This years  ...


    By Volac International Limited

  • Maize silage additive gets independent approval

    Livestock nutrition and forage preservation company, Volac, has had its recently-launched silage additive, Ecocool, approved by the German Agricultural Society, DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft), for improving the aerobic stability of maize and wholecrop cereal silages. This prestigious approval, which is based on trials by three separate research institutes across Germany, gives ...


    By Ecosyl Products Limited

  • High-yield Harvest and Safe Storage: RKW Presents Rondotex® Round Bale Nets at EuroTier 2016

    The round bale nets are reliable, tear resistant and easy to handle: RKW presents different types of its high-quality Rondotex®  solution at the EuroTier trade fair in Hanover for the safe and efficient harvest and storage of hay, straw and silage bales. Visitors can expect to see the classics Rondotex® Evolution as well as the model ...


    By RKW Agri GmbH & Co. KG

  • Polydress® O2 Barrier 2IN1: RKW Highlights Unique Silo Film Solution

    At this year's EuroTier trade fair at Hanover, RKW will present its entire range of agricultural films and nets. The company places special emphasis on its unique silo film combination Polydress®O2 Barrier 2IN1, which has been further optimized. RKW will further showcase agricultural films such as Hytidouble® as well as its ...


    By RKW Agri GmbH & Co. KG

  • Ultra-low volume preservatives boost user convenience

    He says: “The Ecosyler ULV applicator can treat 900 tonne of crop with one fill applying 20 ml of preservative per tonne, and it is also highly accurate. If you put in enough product for 100 acres, you can be sure it is supplied correctly.” Each unit is supplied with a 22-litre tank, which has a three-way valve and low level indicator, and is mounted on a stainless steel frame. ...


    By Ecosyl Products Limited

  • Wholecrop cereal silage could be a `no brainer`

    Low cereal prices could mean making wholecrop cereal silage is a ‘no brainer’ for topping up this season’s tight grass silage stocks on dairy and other livestock farms, says Ecosyl silage specialist, Derek Nelson. This, coupled with the drive to maximise use of home-grown forages to reduce reliance on bought-in feeds, makes wholecrop an obvious option, he maintains. ...


    By Ecosyl Products Limited

  • Successful biobased pilot installations in Lelystad fully operational for businesses

    Fermentation of manure and biomass can become more economically viable if it is combined with biorefinery and the residual streams are optimally used. The EnergieRijk PPS programme has therefore linked a co-fermenter to biorefinery installations and an algae pond. Although the successful project has now been concluded, the research facilities at the ACRRES premises in Lelystad are still fully ...

  • Sustainable silage maize farming requires earlier varieties

    Dutch silage maize farmers can increase their yield in the long term by using earlier varieties. This was the conclusion reached by maize scientists at Wageningen UR based on many years of practical cultivation tests. The use of earlier varieties increases the chance that the maize will ripen properly and ensures better (soil) conditions for harvesting. Moreover, it would provide more space for ...

  • Vermeer BPX9000 bale processor earns major Chinese agriculture award

    A premier leader in forage modernization around the world, Vermeer Corporation was recently awarded the 2015 Ag Machinery Applications Contributor award at the China Agricultural Machinery Industry Forum for their successful application of the BPX9000 bale processor in China’s dairy and beef cattle industries. “The simplicity, durability and versatility of the machine have been warmly ...


    By Vermeer

  • Vermeer BPX9000 bale processor earns major Chinese agriculture award

    A premier leader in forage modernization around the world, Vermeer Corporation was recently awarded the 2015 Ag Machinery Applications Contributor award at the China Agricultural Machinery Industry Forum for their successful application of the BPX9000 bale processor in China’s dairy and beef cattle industries. “The simplicity, durability and versatility of the machine have been warmly ...


    By Vermeer

  • Silage Safety Begins in the Field

    To reduce the risk of deadly silage gas later in the year, correctly prepare and harvest forages. “Quality silage starts all the way back in the field — and so does overall silage safety,” says Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services Forage, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Dangerous gases can be produced naturally during the early stages of the ensiling process. The ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Silage Safety Begins in the Field

    To reduce the risk of deadly silage gas later in the year, correctly prepare and harvest forages. “Quality silage starts all the way back in the field — and so does overall silage safety,” says Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services Forage, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Dangerous gases can be produced naturally during the early stages of the ensiling process. The right ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Lallemand Animal Nutrition confirms its silage expert position at the XVII International Silage Conference, in Brazil

    Lallemand Animal Nutrition was pleased to take part in the XVII International Silage Conference organized by ESALQ (Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo) in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil, from July 1st to 3rd, as platinum sponsor of the event, industry exhibitor and scientific contributor. This event gathered more than 300 attendees from 32 countries, ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Silage harvesting partly responsible for decline in skylarks

    Farmland birds like skylarks are attracted to nest in agricultural grassland, but repeated harvesting for silage causes most nests to fail. This study showed that skylark breeding success in silage was too low to sustain local populations. The researchers say that grass silage is a hostile environment for breeding skylarks and conservation efforts should focus on making other parts of the ...

  • Silage Making and Liquid Fertiliser Tanks

    It’s silage-making time across many of the UK’s farms and the weather is holding to get silage-making done, according to Wiltshire Times. With most days last week having been dry, Thursday did bring rain, but the timing was just right, as in many cases, first-cut silage was completely dry. The first process in silage making is cutting the crop, after which it needs to be left to wilt ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Rice serves up double measure of biofuel and fodder

    Japanese scientists have found a potential answer to the biofuel dilemma that if you grow crops for energy, you have to sacrifice crops for food. They report that they can now ferment rice to deliver ethanol, while making silage for cattle feed –and that it can all be done on the farm without need for any expensive off-site processes. Mitsuo Horita, of the  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Making more from forage: Bishop Burton farm walk 18 Feb

    Realising the true value of forage this coming season will come under the microscope at a farm walk staged at Bishop Burton College, Beverley on Wednesday 18 February. Organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and animal nutrition company, Volac, the event will focus on how to optimise the value of silage swards – what varieties to grow and how, when to cut, how to clamp ...

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