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BGS Haylage Meeting Report - Monday, March 21, 2011

Horses show a clear preference when given a free choice of forages to eat, most often choosing silage over hay or haylage. Delegates at the BGS Making Haylage for Horses Workshop (sponsored by Ecosyl, Oliver Seeds and SilAC) heard how horses were given the option of a 35% dry matter silage, two haylages at 50% and 70% DM, and hay. They were given access to these for two hours a day.

BGS Haylage Meeting Wrap - Monday, March 21, 2011

Haylage hygienic quality should come before its nutritional quality, according to haylage researcher Dr Cecilia Mueller from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She told delegates at the BGS Making Haylage for Horses Workshop (sponsored by Ecosyl, Oliver Seeds and SilAC) that the most common hygiene problems in forages were moulds, yeasts and the growth of undesirable bacteria, all leading to loss of haylage and health problems in horses.

Pest protection for fodder beet - Friday, March 18, 2011

Seed of fodder beet varieties Blaze, Blizzard and Robbos, is now available treated with Force, rather than Mesurol, giving improved pest resistance, says Limagrain UK's Martin Titley. 

"The new Force seed treatment will better protect crops against pest damage. The active ingredient in Force is tefluthrin which provides protection against Mangold fly, millipede, pygmy beetle, spring tails, and symphilids," he says.

Simpler, folding grass roller launched - Friday, March 11, 2011

In response to farmer demand for a folding grass roller, OPICO has introduced a simpler and lower cost alternative to those it already supplies.

Baler offers one hour a day saving - Monday, February 28, 2011

A revolutionary Fast Release System (FRS), which can lead to savings of up to an hour a day during harvest, features on John Deere's all-new 900 Series variable chamber round balers.

FRS speeds up the bale ejection process by enabling the operator to unload the completed bale in less than five seconds, which is up to 10 seconds faster than a conventional machine, says John Deere. It employs a 'curtain' design to replace the traditional heavy rear door.

Help evaluating forage crop options - Friday, February 25, 2011

If you're trying to decide which forage crops to grow, a new guide, published by seed breeder Limagrain UK, is now available on paper or CD.

The 28-page comprehensive LG Forage Crop Guide contains information on main crops and catch crops including when to sow and harvest, typical yields, and nutritional content of each crop. Also included is UK performance data on the different varieties available in the market, from trials carried out by the company and the Scottish Crop Research Institute, says Limagrain UK.

Grass mixes offer more sugar - Monday, February 21, 2011

Four mixtures made up exclusively of Aberystwyth-bred high sugar ryegrasses and white clover blends are included in the 2011 herbage seed mixtures range from British Seed Houses.

 The Aber HSG premium range comprises specialist cattle grazing and long term grazing options, plus a medium term cutting mixture and a fourth variation specifically for dairy farmers taking a first cut followed by aftermath grazing. British Seed Houses is also offering Puna II perennial chicory as an option in grazing mixtures and red clover in cutting mixtures.

New red clover mixtures available - Monday, February 14, 2011

Red clover and grass mixes suited to either one or three year leys are now available in the Sinclair McGill range.

Admiral's Choice is designed to produce protein-rich silage for at least three years. It contains the red clover blend Red Admiral to ensure consistent yields through the growing season and a late tetraploid perennial ryegrass to boost sugar content, says Sinclair McGill. 

New mixtures offer innovation - Monday, February 14, 2011

Mixtures specifically designed for a range of specialist circumstances feature in the new BAR Forage catalogue, in addition to a comprehensive offering of strong performing mixtures, says Barenbrug UK. 

North Devon GS - 2010 Silage Winner Announced - Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Congratulations to this years' winners, Gary and Sam Smythe of West Middleton Farm, Parracombe.

The silage was uniform across a wide face with no spoilage and smelt good with an excellent analysis all grown at 800 ft.

The silages were all very good proving close competition.  Thanks to the organisers John Davey and Andy Hockridge.

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