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    November Silage Update

    The SAC lab continues to receive more silages for analysis. Table 1 shows the average nutrient values of 1st and 2nd cut beef and sheep pit and bale silages. These…

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    Silage Analysis Update 2022

    The nutritional value of silage is determined by several factors such as grass variety, cutting date, weather, wilting period etc.  Therefore, silage should be analysed before going into the winter…

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    Hay Instead of Silage?

    Farmers have generally moved away from hay in favour of silage over the years to be less dependent on a good spell of weather. If silage is made well, it…

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    Improving Silage To Reduce Costs

    Improving silage quality provides an alternative resource of nutrients to livestock that may have otherwise been supplied in concentrate feed. Ruminants have evolved to eat grass, therefore the more we…

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    Improving Baled Silage Quality: What’s it Worth?

    When buying or selling silage bales, nutritional value is rarely taken into account, but the variation in quality can be huge.  Having an analysis to hand might allow you to command a better price if selling and the buyer is more aware of the silage quality they are purchasing and whether it is suitable for the class of stock it is destined for.

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    Handling And Stacking Silage Bales

    When making silage bales it worth taking extra care around handling, wrapping and stacking of bales to avoid costly nutrient losses and some harmful moulds that can cause issues with livestock.

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    Making more forage this year

    With contingency planning and system changes possible, some might want to hone the mind on making more forage to increase stocking capacity and stock performance this year. This article summarises…

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