Silage Handling News

  • Watch Top tips for a successful maize harvest

    Many maize harvesters are taking to the fields early this year. Our latest video provides you with top tips for a successful maize harvest, to help you improve your maize quality and reduce waste. Watch the video here. What will you learn? How to achieve the correct dry ...


    By Volac International Ltd.

  • Save time and improve silage quality with ULV application

    Paul Ecclestone of Paul Ecclestone Contracting has been in the business for 32 years and is seeing first hand the increase in the use of silage additives in order to improve silage quality. Farmers are now taking three to four cuts, and many are using a silage additive to get more milk out of forage, rather than buying in feed. One of the biggest practical innovations Paul has seen to date is ...


    By Volac International Ltd.

  • 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.

  • Andre Syben, AG Technology Cambridge

    After talking with many of his contracting mates and knowing what other leading contractors own, Andre Syben of AG Technology in Cambridge spent a full day checking out every available tip trailer at the 2013 National Fieldays. He returned the next day and made the decision to invest in a Buckton 8 Tonne hydraulic tip trailer. ...


    By Buckton

  • 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.

  • 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 ...


    By Volac International Ltd.

  • 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 ...


    By Volac International Ltd.

  • 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 Ltd.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 right ...


    By Lallemand Inc.

  • 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 Inc.

  • 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 Storage Tanks

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • LALSIL FRESH increasing the value of silage by decreasing dry matter losses

    Given current high energy and protein costs, it is important for livestock producers to increase production from their silage and enhance silage quality. Corn silage is one of the main feedstuffs used for dairy and can represent up to 75% of the daily intake. That’s why it’s essential to maintain a high forage quality and feeding value and reduce losses caused by yeasts and mold ...


    By Lallemand Inc.

  • Vermeer reveals new mower conditioner line

    Vermeer is excited to introduce a new mower conditioner line that combines exceptional productivity, flexibility and convenience into one powerful package. With three models available – the MC2800, MC3300 and MC3700 Mower Conditioners – operators can get the machine that is right for their operation with the features they need to complete their job in their way. “At the heart of ...


    By Vermeer

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