Silage analysis from across the country has shown a wide variation in nutrient analysis, partly due to the challenging weather conditions impacting cutting times between farms. There have been some early first-cut silages, and then later first-cuts, which are quite different from each other in protein, energy and digestibility, according to Trouw GB’s silage-watch. This may pose feeding challenges to farmers moving between cuts this autumn, as well as large variability between farms, and consideration needs to be given to the balance of the ration to optimise rumen health and maintain performance.
Wynnstay Corn Forage Additive
For maize and wholecrop cereal silage.
- Alliin, natural microbial inhibitor
- Improves aerobic stability
- Reduces nutrient losses at feed out
- Immediate and long-lasting protection against spoilage
Each pack contains 1 sachet and is sufficient to treat 50 tonnes of forage. Add contents of one sachet to approximately 10L of cold clean water and mix vigorously using a whisk.
For best results the mixture should be left for 5-10 minutes and then whisked again. When completely dissolved, make up to 100L with cold clean water.
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When it comes to producing good quality, nutritious silage small things can make a big difference. This is especially true of mistakes. A shortcut or a small oversight can ultimately result in silage that is unusable due to insufficient dry matter content or worse, silage that is dangerous to herd health because of mould growth and the likely presence of mycotoxins or Listeria.
Many farmers have come to accept some issues, particularly with mould, as inevitable and as a necessary evil. The reality is however, it's all too often caused by someone committing one of a number of silage "sins".