Grass Silage News

  • Three step plan for late-cut grass

    Why? Because improved grass growth towards the end of the season has the potential to produce silage quality similar to first cut. True, it may not yield as well. But it has the capacity to deliver good protein and energy levels. Which is exactly what’s needed for more litres of milk from forage. And, if you are on a multi-cut system, you may be glad of that extra ...


    By Volac International Ltd.

  • Beware of slurry risks to this season`s silage

    According to Ecosyl silage expert, Darran Ward, spreading slurry after first-cut always poses a risk because of the challenge of achieving the 10-week interval typically recommended for slurry to be absorbed before taking the next cut.  But in a mild year like this, when many first-cuts were taken early and farmers will be keen to get back in for second-cuts, he says the time available for ...


    By Volac International Ltd.

  • Chromatin Announces Relief Program for Sorghum Growers Hit by the Kansas-Oklahoma Fire

    Chromatin, Inc., is moving quickly to assist farmers and ranchers affected by the Anderson Creek Fire that destroyed 400,000 acres. Led by Chromatin’s Sorghum Partners® brand, this initiative will provide farmers with seed that can rapidly produce feed for livestock and ground cover to prevent soil erosion. “We are saddened to hear of the tragic damage caused by this fire to ...


    By Chromatin, Inc.

  • ANDRITZ MeWa presents new cross-flow shredder generation for biogas facilities

    ANDRITZ MeWa’s Bio-QZ is used in hundreds of European biogas facilities for processing many different input materials, such as organic waste, corn silage, grass clippings, sugar beets, cattle and horse manure, as well as packaged food that has passed its sell-by date. Flexible tools inside the machine produce a homogeneous substrate that leads to faster gas formation, shorter fermentation ...


    By ANDRITZ AG

  • 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 ...

  • The effects of agricultural land use change on farmland birds in Sweden

    The effects of changing agricultural practices on farmland birds are explored in a recently published study from Sweden. Overall abundance of 16 common species declined by 23% between 1994 and 2004, which may be partly caused by changes in land use, such as an increase in the amount of wheat cropland. However, effects vary between species, and some species increased or stayed stable in number. ...

  • Silage Shrink Affects Feed Quality and Quantity

    When silage shrinks, producers end up with less available feed and, often, a lower quality feed. The initial dry matter (DM) losses are often of more valuable nutrients such as sugars, starches and soluble proteins. This, in turn, leads to a higher concentration of lower-value nutrients, like fiber. “Ensuring higher silage quality and conserving more of the nutrients and silage mass can ...


    By Lallemand Inc.

  • Silage Production Hindered – Silage Inoculation, Sprayers and Vertical Storage Tanks

    If you follow Farming Life then you may have heard their report that it might not be a very good year for silage production.  Tests on grass this year have shown that nitrate levels are high and that sugar and dry matter low.  Apparently, a combination of changeable weather has resulted in conditions that are far from ideal for grass. Speaking to Farming Life, expert Tommy Armstrong ...


    By ENDURAMAXX Storage Tanks

  • Reduced phosphate excretion by dairy cattle by cutting at a later stage

    The phosphorus content in grass is lower if the grass is cut at a later stage. This also means that the phosphate excretion of a dairy herd is reduced and farms that use BEX benefit from cutting later. But the energy and protein content of the grass is also less. In order to keep milk production at the same level, approx. 250 kg more concentrates are required per cow. Cutting at a later stage ...

  • European owners satisfied with their Direct 2.0 tractors

    The latest version of Valtra’s stepless transmission has won praise from owners around the world. The new Direct 2.0 is even easier to use, more powerful, quieter, more comfortable and more fuel efficient than previous versions. For example, cab noise levels on the T163 EcoPower model have been reduced to just 68.5 decibels. The Direct 2.0 transmission is available with the N123, N143, ...

  • Monitoring cow nutrition

    This month 2013 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup winner Bill Higgins updates us on the latest news from Wilderley Hall Farm, Pulverbatch, Shropshire, and in particular cow nutrition. Following on from last month’s article we are a third of the way through the maize and the bucket brush is in full use. It does surprise me that after only six loads of maize from the first field we were checked out by the ...

  • Family farms making “Illogical” decisions in pursuit of growth

    Family farm businesses should consider increasing revenues through anaerobic digestion (AD) before making often “illogical” decisions to take on more land, it has been claimed. EnviTec Biogas UK says many family farms cannot expand geographically because they are surrounded by land that rarely comes up for sale or that is overpriced. Mike McLaughlin, managing director of Envitec ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

  • A Canadian winter fairy tale

    If the Canadian winter doesn‘t throw a spanner into our plans our engineers are confident that the 335 kW plant will be ready for commissioning at the end of January. “Till now we consider grape pomace, grass silage, chicken dung and glycerine as input materials, but we already send an application for fermenting leftovers like oils and drippings.“ explains Jan- Hendrik Thesing, project and ...


    By Triangle Ltd

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