How to choose the right maize variety

Correct varietal choice is the first step towards achieving a successful maize harvest. Andrew Cook of seed breeder, KWS, offers some advice on narrowing down the options.

Entries open for Scotland’s longest-running silage competition

Entries are now open for the 22nd annual AgriScot silage competition, a prestigious event highlighting the importance of quality silage production, particularly at a time when rising feed and fertiliser costs are putting pressure on farm businesses.

Plan for balanced winter rations now to ensure optimum milk production

With mixed silage quality experienced this year, dairy farmers are being encouraged to start planning for winter feeding early to ensure consistency across rations and achieve optimum milk yields.

Cattle housing – 3 top tips to prepare

As we head into the colder months, Farmers Guide offers three top tips to prepare for housing cattle this season – from building maintenance and farm safety, to animal health and nutrition.

Make the most of feed inputs with regular forage analysis

Understanding forage quality will be key to making the most of this year’s silage stocks, and farmers will need to think carefully about balancing diets with appropriate supplements to increase forage intakes and digestibility in the rumen, advised Dr Liz Homer of Trouw Nutrition.

Still an opportunity to bolster silage stocks

Dairy farmers are being urged to make the most of the recent grass growth to produce good quality third and fourth cut silages.

Assess forage stocks now to avoid shortfalls this winter

A timely appraisal of forage stocks now could pay dividends this winter, with experts predicting farmers could battle severe shortages in the housing season following a wet spring and mixed summer.

Farmers advised to feed crimped grain to balance shortfalls in silage

Home-grown concentrates such as crimped grain are a cost-effective way of balancing low energy and nutrient levels in first cut silage that was harvested later this season as a result of wet weather, Lientjie Colahan from Lallemand explained.

New campaign launched to help farmers boost milk from forage

Wynnstay’s new Forage4Profit campaign is aimed at helping dairy farmers maximise milk from forage and cut feed costs by improving the quality of homegrown forage, which can also help reduce farms’ environmental footprint.

It’s not too late for a strategic silage management plan

A strategic management plan ahead of first cut silage will help farmers make the most of the valuable low-cost crop.

How to stay safe during silage season

Farmers are being urged not to compromise on safety in the rush for the first silage cut of the season.

Analysis reveals major financial advantage of multi-cut grass over traditional approach

New analysis conducted by Volac has revealed that cutting grass in a multi-cut silage system has the potential to be over £700/ha more profitable than a traditional three-cut approach, even at a modest milk price of 40 pence/litre (p/l).

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