Silage 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 Limited

  • Greener maize crops may need silage preservation rethink

    It is becoming ever more popular to harvest maize while it's still green. However there may be different requirements when it comes to silage preservation - do you know how to get the best from your maize harvest? More than three quarters of long-term forage maize growers are now harvesting the crop greener than they used to, according to a new survey of UK dairy farmers. However a substantial ...


    By Volac International Limited

  • 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 Limited

  • 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 Limited

  • 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 Limited

  • 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

  • Pink bales in aid of breast cancer research re-launched for 2017

    A farming industry campaign that has seen hundreds of bright pink silage bales proudly displayed on farms around the country in aid of breast cancer research is being re-launced for 2017 after raising more than double the amount in 2016 that it raised the previous year. The campaign, which sees a donation made to the charity Breast Cancer Now from sales of each roll of a special pink version of ...


    By Ecosyl Products 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

  • Nutritech International and Vitec Nutrition to merge

    Nutritech International and Lallemand NZ Ltd (trading as Vitec Nutrition) have announced they are to merge their businesses effective from 1st June 2016, creating New Zealand’s largest supplier of animal nutrition and forage additive technologies. Nutritech International was founded in 1915, celebrating 100 years of advice and support for New Zealand farmers in 2015. The company has been ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Defra Announces New Rules Which Include Wastewater Processing

    New rules to tackle water pollution announced by Defra this week could mean savings of £500 per farm business each year. Defra’s new consultation aims to improve the negative impact of water pollution with 11 new rules which combine proposals for improved management of livestock, soil and fertiliser sectors. The document states that field manure storage must be at last 10 metres away ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • 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

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