New Guide helps livestock farmers gain a better understanding of the nutritional composition of grass.

New Guide helps livestock farmers gain a better understanding of the nutritional composition of grass.

Friday, December 5, 2014

BGS Corporate Member Germinal, have released a new guide for livestock farmers on the nutritional composition of grazed and ensiled grass. The attractive yet technically detailed guide “The Value of Grass 2015” outlines a range of nutritional factors, from protein and fibre to minerals and lipids as well as, linking these elements into the benefits that can e achieved through grassland utilisation decisions, as Paul Billings, Agricultural Director of Germinal explains:

“Grass - and the ability to grow it successfully for a large part of the year – offers UK livestock farming the potential for significantly lower costs.

As grazing or silage, grass is the mainstay for the vast majority of forage-based systems. It is the cheapest source of ruminant feed and the most important factor in modern dairy, beef and sheep farming profitability.

To take full advantage of grass, however, livestock farmers need to maintain sward quality and productivity, and manage intakes through effective grazing and winter feeding strategies. It is also vital to have a good understanding of the nutritional qualities of grass. If the full feed value of grass is not known, there is every chance it will either be under-utilised or inaccurately supplemented – its full potential lost.

In this guide we aim to help livestock farmers gain a better understanding of the nutritional composition of grass. We provide simple definitions and highlight the importance of different components for maximum livestock performance.

We also provide pointers on how to attain the best results.

Whilst effective as a stand-alone crop, grass is also commonly grown with companion species, so we include references where applicable to the nutritional contribution of white and red clover as well as a section on the increasingly popular perennial chicory for grazing.”

 

For a pdf copy of the guide please click here  

 

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