BGS and the Silage Advisory Centre (SilAC) are joining forces on 11th September, in Wiltshire, to discuss how to make the most of big bale silage.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is now eligible for funding through the RDPE Skills Programme, with 50% of the cost being returned to eligible farmers after the event (farmers living in England with a holding number).
Results from the National Baled Silage Farm Survey conducted by SilAC found wide variation in practice and success across the UK.
For example, fifty per cent of farmers who thought they were applying six layers of plastic were in fact applying less and only 50% had their silage regularly analysed. More than half were wrapping their bales in the field against the advice of experts who say it is better to wrap at the storage site to minimise damage.
Conserved forage provides a vital winter feed on most livestock farms, but making it can be costly if not done well. Once harvested and wrapped, bales should be stored correctly and analysed so they can be fed appropriately to maximise their value to the enterprise.
This special interest day will be helpful for all producers wanting to make the most of silage that has been made on their farm this year. Our promotional flyer is available HERE.
It will take place by kind permission of Philip and Tess Akers of Pond Farm, Charlton, Malmesbury, who have been making big bale silage to feed to their beef cattle for nearly 25 years.
BGS Members and non members are welcome to attend. To book your place, please follow the steps below to pay online (preferred option). Or, please print and complete our booking form, CLICK HERE, with full payment details and return to, Unit 32C, Stoneleigh Deer Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, CV8 2LY. Cheques must be made payable to British Grassland Society. A receipt confirming your place should reach you within 14 days of booking.
NOTE: BGS members must first login under the Home page to access the member’s area in order to claim your discounted rate.
To find out more about the SilAC study, please visit www.silageadvice.com
Event Date: Tue, 11/09/2012
Event Time: 10.00am
BGS is a membership organisation which acts as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage.