BGS & SilAC to host baled silage workshop in September

BGS & SilAC to host baled silage workshop in September

Thursday, July 26, 2012

BGS Silage Special Interest Day, September 11th, Wiltshire

BGS and the Silage Advisory Centre (SilAC) are joining forces to discuss how to make the most of big bale silage, on September 11th in Wiltshire.

 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 than this, 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.

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.

Workshop Programme

10.00am         Registration and coffee

10.15am         Welcome - Lois Philipps, BGS Society Director

Morning session with SilAC experts Dave Davies, Rhun Fychan and Graham Ragg

10.30am         Feeding silage – best practice to avoid waste

11.00am         Top Tips for correct bale storage

11.30am         Analysing silage: what’s the point?

12 noon         The farming/silage system at Pond Farm

12.30pm         Lunch

1.15pm           Practical session. Analysing silage on-farm - what does the smell, colour and dry matter say about your silage?

Rhun Fychan, Dave Davies and Graham Ragg

2.00pm           Practical session. Machinery maintenance, storing silage-making equipment over winter, machinery demonstrations.

 Duncan McLeish, Kuhn Farm Machinery           

2.45pm           Summary and afternoon tea

To find out more about the SilAC study, please visit www.silageadvice.com. To book your place at this event click here.

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