When creating diets, having an accurate nutritional analysis of preserved forages is critical to ensure that they are used appropriately, accurately and cost-effectively. It's important to keep testing samples from the clamp face throughout the season, as feed values fluctuate in the months following harvest. As you get further into the clamp, forages start to become higher in sugars and starch due to being fermented for a longer period of time in comparison to samples taken during the start of the season.
Silage quality is critical for optimal animal performance, as well as lowering winter feed costs and enhancing profitability during the housing season. In this country, grass silage is the foundation of most winter feeding regimens and animal performance is largely dependent on appropriate intake of high-quality silage. The quality of your silage determines the level of meal feeding on your farm, as a result knowing your silage quality should be the first step in planning your winter feed and making cost-effective concentrate supplementing options.
I was warmly welcomed by the Forage team when I joined their monthly meeting via Microsoft Teams. The team reflected back on 2021 and discussed the success of campaigns and what could be improved. Each Forage Specialist then spoke and told us what worked well in their specific areas of the country. As we head into 2022 the team’s focus is on maize seed, additives and fertiliser sales. I was able to contribute by mentioning our social media channels and some ideas on how we could raise the profile of our Forage Specialists. The afternoon consisted of a webinar led by the Business Unit Director, Robin Weening. It was a very insightful webinar and included various updates for 2022 plans.