Unique-to-UK silage inoculant launched
08 May 2017
Unique-to-UK silage inoculant launched
A biological silage additive – which claims to offer rapid fermentation, high palatability and nutrient preservation, inhibition of clostridia, and a cool, stable clamp face – will be launched at the Grassland and Muck Event, on May 24 and 25. A three-strain combination of Lactobacilli, developed and manufactured by...
08 May 2017
Free ‘switch’ guide to water suppliers
Dairy producers in England can now choose their water supplier, after the water and wastewater market was opened to competition, on 1 April, 2017. This gives all business customers the freedom to shop around for a better price and service deal. But where do they start? With this in mind, independent water specialist,...
First ‘Parlour Safe’ graduates complete course
06 Apr 2017
First ‘Parlour Safe’ graduates complete course
The first graduates of a milking machinery technician course have completed their qualification – with 10 students from across the country now holding Parlour Safe certification. The Milking Equipment Association (MEA) recently teamed up with Reaseheath College, in Cheshire, and Hartpury College, in Gloucestershire,...
Spray docks three weeks before first-cut silage
06 Apr 2017
Spray docks three weeks before first-cut silage
Spraying docks with a translocated herbicide now – when they are young, healthy and actively growing – will increase grass silage yields and improve the feed quality of the resulting forage.  Docks are growing early this year, due to the relatively mild winter and warm start to spring. They have good root systems and...
16 Mar 2017
Silage sheeting sets ‘gold’ standard
Silage sheeting that claims to be 100 times more effective than polyethylene plastic at preventing air ingress to forage, has been launched into the UK by Passion Ag. Passion Film Gold incorporates oxygen barrier technology, which makes it significantly more effective at reducing the amount of oxygen that can get...
10 Mar 2017
Change of focus for RABDF – and a new event
Major reforms were announced by the RABDF in early March, which will see the organisation narrow its focus to areas where it can offer unique benefits. It will cut peripheral or duplicated activities and plans to step up its influencing work. Part of the change of direction will be a new technology and innovation-...
24 Feb 2017
Varieties offer high energy and increased dry matter yields
Genetics and advancements in plant breeding are shown off at their best in Limagrain’s two new fodder beet varieties, which are now available to growers for the spring 2017 sowing season. Both will provide a high energy and dry matter feed from autumn onwards for dairy and beef cattle. "If a fresh yield of more than...
13 Feb 2017
Bolus can monitor health and fertility
Keeping track of cow fertility, health and welfare can be incredibly straightforward, with the use of a multi-purpose bolus. Launched by smaXtec, the company claims that its bolus is a simple tool that allows producers to easily monitor cow health, fertility and lameness. "By measuring cow temperature and activity...
03 Feb 2017
Producers urged to stop accepting silage waste
There’s still a sense of inevitability among many producers that dry matter losses and aerobic spoilage at the clamp face are facts of life. But with improved clamp management these can be greatly reduced, resulting in both improved nutrition and animal performance. "Silage is a valuable commodity and one that needs...
03 Feb 2017
‘Pink bales’ campaign launched for 2017
An industry campaign that has seen hundreds of bright pink silage bales proudly displayed on units across the country, in aid of breast cancer research, is being re-launched for 2017 after raising more than double the amount in 2016 that it raised the previous year. The campaign, which sees a donation made to the...