Silage

Are you planning on making silage bales this year?

Are you planning on making silage bales this year?

Silage contributes between 25% and 40% of the annual diet of beef and dairy animals, depending on length of housing,...

June 17, 2021

It’s time to shift focus to second-cut silage

It’s time to shift focus to second-cut silage

The focus on many farms for the last number of weeks was to get first-cut silage cut and into pits,...

June 15, 2021

Wilting silage – is it worthwhile?

Wilting silage – is it worthwhile?

Wilting is one of the most important steps when making high quality silage – wilting increases the dry matter (DM)...

May 31, 2021

Silage delay from wet weather raises farm safety concerns

Silage delay from wet weather raises farm safety concerns

The recent spell of wet weather and the ensuing delays to silage cutting and harvesting in some parts of the...

May 26, 2021

Why cutting for quality silage is important

Why cutting for quality silage is important

No matter what system is operated on farm, making high quality silage offers many benefits to farmers. In a recent...

May 24, 2021

Making the most of slurry to replenish lost nutrients

Making the most of slurry to replenish lost nutrients

Whether it be saving first-cut silage or taking paddocks out of the rotation, it is important not to forget the...

May 19, 2021

Environmental considerations for silage storage

Environmental considerations for silage storage

As silage season approaches, now is the time to consider the environmental risk of silage effluent, to avoid a pollution...

May 17, 2021

Building a forage reserve to protect against severe weather

Building a forage reserve to protect against severe weather

In 2017–2018, most farms experienced severe winter conditions followed by a summer drought that reduced annual grass growth and forage...

May 16, 2021

Introducing a multi-cut silage system – CAFRE

Introducing a multi-cut silage system – CAFRE

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) dairy advisors have issued guidance to milk producers in Northern Ireland on...

May 10, 2021

Multiple cutting will deliver superior quality silage

Multiple cutting will deliver superior quality silage

According to silage consultant Dr. Dave Davies, grass should be cut when it has a dry matter digestibility (DMD) value...

May 6, 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

Silage trials show quicker is better when it comes to wilting

Silage trials show quicker is better when it comes to wilting

Cutting grass earlier in the day could help speed up wilting – even in overcast conditions – according to in-house...

March 11, 2021

Nutritional value of silage: Maximising feed on your farm

Nutritional value of silage: Maximising feed on your farm

The importance of knowing the nutritional value of silage is key for making the most of one’s fodder supplies, according...

February 4, 2021

Taking out a paddock for bales? Here are a few things to keep in mind…

Taking out a paddock for bales? Here are a few things to keep in mind…

Growth rates have exceeded demand on many farms across the country once again, as the dry spell a couple of...

July 9, 2020

Wholecrop silage: An option for livestock and tillage farmers?

Wholecrop silage: An option for livestock and tillage farmers?

Rain has eased some pressure on farms across the country, but grass and fodder supplies have been severely impacted. Wholecrop...

June 28, 2020

‘Over the years, silage DM content has increased; but nutritional quality hasn’t’

‘Over the years, silage DM content has increased; but nutritional quality hasn’t’

Little improvements have been made in the nutritional quality of Northern Ireland silage over the last decade, according to a...

May 29, 2020

Replacing K after silage harvest is essential

Replacing K after silage harvest is essential

In the final installment of the Soil Fertility Series in association with Grassland Agro we caught up with Austin Grealy,...

May 29, 2020