Silage Quality

Silage quality: Focus on making high DMD first-cut silage

Silage quality: Focus on making high DMD first-cut silage

The preparation for first-cut silage is beginning on some farms. It is important that, with the rising costs of getting...

April 17, 2021

Grass advice: Time to think silage and apply Nitrogen

Grass advice: Time to think silage and apply Nitrogen

Actions and decisions made now will determine the quality and quantity of silage in next year’s pit and bales. As...

April 11, 2021

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Maximising the quality of first-cut silage

Silage can never be as high a quality of forage as the grass from which it was initially made. and...

April 1, 2021

3 simple ways in which farmers can analyse silage quality visually at the pit face

3 simple ways in which farmers can analyse silage quality visually at the pit face

As farmers make their way through pits of silage up and down the country, it might be no harm to...

December 6, 2020

Variable silage quality affecting protein levels in milk on farms

Variable silage quality affecting protein levels in milk on farms

The persistent poor weather conditions, which have made grazing conditions challenging, have resulted in many farmers feeding silage for longer...

March 12, 2020

Do you know the quality of the silage in your pit or bales?

Do you know the quality of the silage in your pit or bales?

The end of the grazing season is fast approaching and, with that, comes the start of introducing silage to the...

September 9, 2019

How can good grassland management in autumn affect silage quality next year?

How can good grassland management in autumn affect silage quality next year?

Producing high dry matter digestibility (DMD) silage is the objective on dairy farms across the country and good grazing management...

November 5, 2018

What should I feed my spring-calving cows and heifers this winter?

What should I feed my spring-calving cows and heifers this winter?

Calving may seem like a long way away for spring-calving suckler herds, but winter management is key to the success...

October 19, 2018

Dairy focus: Silage season kicks into gear in Co. Kildare

Dairy focus: Silage season kicks into gear in Co. Kildare

Milking a herd of 135 purebred Holstein Friesian cows, Joe and Kevin Doran – a father-and-son team – got the...

May 17, 2018

Over rolling high moisture grasses will knock silage quality for six

Over rolling high moisture grasses will knock silage quality for six

Over rolling high moisture grass in-silo serves only to significantly reduce silage quality, according to Sil-All’s global product manager Gordon...

February 12, 2017

Silage quality up on last year, but farmers struggle with cutting date

Silage quality up on last year, but farmers struggle with cutting date

The quality of silage made on Irish farms is up slightly on last year, according to Farm Business Advisers (FDA)...

November 15, 2016

Pre-grazing significantly boosts first cut silage quality

Pre-grazing significantly boosts first cut silage quality

Swards that were grazed prior to being closed off are producing silage of a significantly higher quality than those which...

October 26, 2016

GLAS scheme not helping silage quality in parts of the country

GLAS scheme not helping silage quality in parts of the country

A significant proportion of the baled silage made in the north west this year is of very poor quality, according...

October 19, 2016

Cutting silage? Here’s how to make the neighbours jealous with your quality silage

Cutting silage? Here’s how to make the neighbours jealous with your quality silage

The silage season has kicked into gear with farmers taking advantage of the good weather to make the coming winter’s...

May 25, 2016

‘Decisions taken over the next six weeks will have a major effect on silage quality’

‘Decisions taken over the next six weeks will have a major effect on silage quality’

Decisions taken now and over the next six weeks will have a major effect on silage quality next winter, according...

April 19, 2016

‘A silage test is only as good as the forage sample submitted’

‘A silage test is only as good as the forage sample submitted’

Silage can be extremely variable in terms of its nutritional characteristics, according to Teagasc’s Kevin Barron. “So it’s important to...

December 11, 2015

First cut silage – spread in quality is on the increase says Teagasc

First cut silage – spread in quality is on the increase says Teagasc

First cut silage made in Ireland this year have an average DMD value of 68, according to Teagasc Dairy Specialist Dr...

November 19, 2015

Why silage analysis is key for beef finishers

Why silage analysis is key for beef finishers

The importance of silage analysis to beef finishers, was underlined at a recent farm walk of Kepak’s feedlot organised by...

September 7, 2015