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 for some 24 hours in order to reduce moisture content a little before it is ensiled.
A technique employed by many farmers involves taking as much air as possible from the silage that produces favourable conditions for the anaerobic bacteria to begin breaking down the sugars in the crop. As the lactic acid bacteria begin to work, acids are produced, lowering ph until it reaches between 4.3 and 4.7 after several weeks.
Farming Life details this week how a detailed fertiliser and slurry application programme is ensuring good grass growth on a Hillsborough-based farm. The farm treats it’s silage with Genus ABS Powerstart which research reveals gives a 10-day reduction in calving interval, something which equates to at least £50 per cow per year. In a 150 cow herd, this equates to an extra £7,500.
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