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With another round of milk price cuts for some, it is easy to be despondent, but we at GP Feeds would like to bring some positivity to our industry.
If you look at huge 1st cut silages, many of our customers have used their early order Ecosyl stocks up on just 1st cut when it should have covered them for 1st & 2nd cut. With this in mind, please check your stocks give us a call if you need to replenish ready for 2nd cut - which will still be at the early order offer price, not the current increased price - what a great deal!
Quite a few of our customer are experiencing high milk ureas, in excess of 3.0 to 3.5 we can take full advantage of this with Amino Pro-tek, which in the past has given us a minimum of 1 litre increase and up to 5 litres on one case. Although the average increase is around 2 to 2.5 litres. At a cost of 8.5p per cow per day it has a pay back of 3 fold, just on litres in milk, and that is not taking into account the health benefits of the animal.
Many are also suffering with low butterfats, don't forget we have our own butterfat enhancer 'CS Plus' (which stands for condition score plus). It is a well tried and tested product and not only does it work, but at around £100 per tonne cheaper than Megalac, and most other fats on the market it really is worth considering.
Looking forward to the next few months we will be trading the Wheat Distillers products coming out of Vivergo on Humberside. We will have at our disposal around 350,000 tonnes of dried home produced 34% protein Wheat Distiller Pellets, which will be a direct replacement to Rapemeal and some Hipro Soya.
On top of the dried products we will also have liquid Wheat Syrups, in different protein forms available to us. Also with Barley Distillers now going to be burnt in the Bio-Fuel industry this will release to us, about 40,000 tonnes of Pot Ale Syrup, which was previously used as the protein source on the Barley Distillers. So watch this space for cheap liquid proteins!!
This can only be good news for all of us, as it now brings home grown proteins to the market. So there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Please see the attached pages for details of the products mentioned and if you want to discuss anything further please give Gareth a call on 01948 661602.
Don't forget to have a look at our website (www.gpfeeds.co.uk) which is full of useful information for our industry and your comments are always welcome, and remember we are only a click away.
Don't forget we can be contacted on: Tel 01948 661602, Fax 01948 871776 & E-mail email@example.com and coming soon on Twitter when Gareth's been trained!
(re-printed by kind permission of FWTN)
The Met Office data for the UK shows that April 2012 was the coldest since 1989 and the wettest on record. May continued cool and unsettled with variable rainfall across the UK until the 21st May when the weather became settled, dry, sunny and hot. Some first cut grass silage was taken during the unsettled period in early May on 'typical' cutting dates, but most was cut later in ideal conditions. There is plenty of grass silage in most clamps and the analyses of 455 first cut samples from the FWTNI laboratory reveal that the average grass silage has good nutrient value, is well made and will feed well. It is similar to the early season averages from previous years, albeit slightly lower in dry matter (1%), energy 0.2 MJ/kg DM and intake potential (4.5g/kgLwt0.75) than 2011, but similar to 2010. An intake of 10kg dry matter of this average grass silage will support approximately M + 7litres.
Early Grass Silage Averages 2010 - 2012
Inevitably there is a wide range of grass silages in clamps across the UK. A comparison of the 20% wettest and driest samples clearly illustrates the challenges to overcome when feeding low dry matter grass silages.
The wettest 20% of samples averaged a dry matter of only 20.7% whilst the driest 20% averaged 43.8%.
Whilst both sectors were generally well made and preserved, the low dry matter silages required a much higher lactic acid loading to achieve the necessary stable fermentation pH of 4. Consequently the risk of acidosis when feeding wetter forages is much greater. This is clearly illustrated by the potential acid load which is some 40% higher in the 21% DM grass silage compared to the 44% DM group. Particular attention to rumen health will be needed where wet grass silages are fed. Rumen active fibre from drier forages or chopped straw will be needed to stimulate both the natural buffering of salivation and rumen activity. Rumen buffers will help to neutralise rumen acid load whilst live yeasts can promote rumen microbial activity. Each can have a key role in preventing acidosis.
The negative impact of feeding wet grass silages on rumen digestion
is a significant and important issue,
In addition, the higher rumen microbial activity will help increase forage digestion and further drive feed intakes and milk yield - as illustrated by the significantly higher intake potential in the dry silage group (117.8 vs 93.4 g/kg0.75).
Clearly, there are many performance, health and financial advantages from optimising the dry matter of grass silage.
Of course, it is not possible to change what is already in the clamp. However, if low dry matter grass silage is the only currently available forage, it would be advisable, if weather permits, to aim to make higher dry matter material as second cut. Alternative forages such as whole crop cereal silages will also have a key role when available. The strategic mixing of forages through the winter in balancing rations will help to optimise performance.
In summary, initial assessment of the 2012 first cut grass silages shows a wide range of forage quality. On average, despite poor weather before harvest, the crop is well preserved, of good quality and will feed well. However, there is a high proportion of low dry matter material which will need careful rationing to avoid rumen acidosis whilst maximising rumen microbial activity and digestion to optimize milk from these forages this winter.
With the majority of so called experts prophesising that the planet is getting hotter and drier due to global warming, is it time that we thought, in this country, of growing a forage crop that has drought tolerance and is a superb product to feed to high performance dairy cows?...
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