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  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Corn silage hybrids and seeding rates

    Recent studies report that corn hybrids released in the late 2000s, especially Bt hybrids, require higher seeding rates than commercial hybrids released in the 1990s to reach maximum yields. Expectedly, corn seeding rates in the USA have increased significantly in the past 10 years. However, limited data is available on silage yield and quality responses of recently released hybrids to seeding ...

  • 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

  • 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 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 Ltd.

  • 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 Animal Nutrition

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Meet Lallemand Animal Nutrition at Eurotier

    Lallemand Animal Nutrition, a primary manufacturer and major supplier of silage inoculants, probiotics and yeast derivatives, will be exhibiting its products and services at EuroTier 2016, November 15-18, in Hannover, Germany. Visitors are also invited to join us for our Happy Hour on Thursday 17th November, from 18:00 PM. Lallemand Animal Nutrition solutions for ruminants, monogastrics, ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Wadborough Park Farm fined for persistent pollution

    Yesterday, 12 December 2013, A&A Rodenhurst Ltd of Wadborough was sentenced at Worcester Magistrates’ Court to four charges relating to the repeated pollution of a local watercourse bordering their premises at Wadborough Park Farm, Worcestershire. The company was also sentenced to one charge of failing to comply with an Environment Agency Notice that required them to make improvements ...

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