Now we are in August, nights will start drawing in and thoughts should be cast towards planning for the winter.
- Evaluate benefits of catch crops for winter grazing such as Swift for sowing post harvest.
- It is forecast that straw may be limited this winter due to an increased volume being used for renewable energies, evaluate other options now e.g. sawdust, woodchip, wood fines, peat, etc.
- Analyse your silage 7-8 weeks after being pitted or baled, to plan winter rations for sheep enterprises. Remember if you have good quality silage e.g. 11+ ME you can make significant savings through targeted DUP feeding.
Kirsten Williams, email@example.com
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