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Following an exceptionally dry winter in real terms, which has continued
into Spring, it is certainly having an impact, in several ways, on farmers
decisions as to when and how they approach 1st cut silage this year.
It is also worth noting that April 2011 was officially the warmest since
records began in 1659!
There is no doubt that grass as a whole has come under increased stress
in recent weeks, such that on some of the lighter, sandy based soils,
the crop was visibly `going backwards` before the end of April. Another
interesting fact is the difference in apparent yield between last Autumn`s
reseeds and permanent grass, the former generally yielding the better
By the 5th May in Cheshire it looks like around 20% of the crop has
or is in the process of been harvested, and not surprisingly yields
generally are modest, but of exceptionally high quality. It does however
make sense to remove the crop earlier given present conditions, as rain
will surely come, (?), to produce a larger 2nd cut in due course. If
silage is delayed now, yes there will be a bit more bulk, but with the
crop being under stress is likely to head slightly earlier than usual
reducing its feed value, and 2nd cut yield is likely to be reduced.
Another point to note, is that with rainfall having been so low of late,
there is still a quantity of residual nitrogen in the ground, (it certainly
has not been leached!), so this with an additional `top up` of N will
On a practical note, many farmers and contractors have experienced
an unusual `problem`, let's call it `sticky grass`! Basically where
silage has been cut, and wilted for any degree of time, and sugars been
high to start with, this has further concentrated the sugars. The resultant
material when chopped has been blocking many foragers due to its dryness
and stickiness, causing undue delays to harvesting, with some farmers
resorting to picking up either very early morning, or through the night
when there is some atmospheric moisture. What to do you ask? Logic suggests
that if conditions remain similar, and with standing crops between 22
to 25% DM, harvest within hours of cutting, don`t field spread, just
get it in as quickly as possible. You should still finish up with a
DM approaching the high 20`s to 30%. Too high a DM may lead to compaction
difficulties within the clamp, which may later result in a Mycotoxin
One accepts that within a few days conditions may change, so an accurate
assessment needs to be made regarding wilting periods required, or not,
and as always to get the best from your silage use ECOSYL 100 additive.
Such use isn't about `insurance` in poor conditions, it`s about retaining
maximum nutrients and hence maximising performance from what for many
is the mainstay of next winters feed.
If you have any doubts or questions why not ask GP Feeds for
an up to date assessment.
If you haven't already booked your silage additive yet - give the
office a call to discuss ECOSYL...
Our sales of Ecosyl have increased
tenfold over the last 2 years - surely those customers who choose to
use it can't be wrong. We would like you to join our increasing list
of very happy and satisfied customers.
WE CHOOSE TO SELL ONLY THE BEST PRODUCTS
If your silage is looking wet or may be contaminated you may want to
One of the best known and respected of all acid silage preservatives,
Add-F, is now available in a non-corrosive formula from us, called Add-F
NC (for non-corrosive). Originally developed by BP forty years ago,
Kemira Chemicals have now taken over production and have made it far
safer by using their proven gaseous ammoniation buffering process to
remove the adverse effects that the old Add-F had on machinery and skin.
Add - F NC is ideal for: All silages that are low in sugar and/or have
a high nitrate level and/or wet and contaminated grass.
Add-F NC is 80% formic acid, known for many years as the most effective
and rapid silage preservative. Formic acid treatment is often used as
the benchmark when research scientists test the effectiveness of silage
additives because of its known reliability and predictability. Unfortunately
handling and corrosion problems have made it increasingly unpopular
for farm use. Kemira has a good name for developing effective farmer
and environmentally friendly products so we expect the new formulation
to regain its former popularity. Now available in 205 and 1000 litre
containers. We can usually deliver within 48 hours.
They said it would never work, but
Clampfilm IS now the accepted way to STOP top and shoulder waste...
HAVE WE MISSED SPRING AND JUMPED STRAIGHT INTO
The weather in recent weeks has been considerably warm for this time
of year and with very little rain fall for the past month or so, many
of you are taking full advantage of the weather out in the field, all
we need now is some rain to get help out the crops! Whilst you are waiting
for that much needed rain why not have a look through our summer range
of compounds - we have a product to suit all need. All our products
have our fixed formulation, no substitution and either flexible monthly
or fixed pricing guarantee - who else can offer you this!
Rich Dairy Range
An excellent cost effective range starting with Rich Dairy 16%
nuts. Excellent source of digestible fibre, good rumen protein
Ingredients: Wheatfeed, Wheat, Palm Kernal, Sunflower, Molasses,
Soya Hulls, Rapemeal, Sugarbeet, Minerals & Vitamins and Fat
A highly cost effective range, which has sold very well through
Ingredients: Wheat, Rapemeal, Barley, Wheatfeed, Palm Kernal,
Soya Hulls, Citrus, Molasses, Sunflower, Minerals & Vitamins
and Fat Blend.
Enhance HDF Range
Well balanced range with good protein, energy and quality fibre
Ingredients: Rapemeal, Wheatfeed, Palm Kernal, Soya Hulls,
Wheat, Barley, Molasses, Biscuitmeal, Hipro Soya, Minerals &
Vitamins and Fat Blend.
Supreme HDF Range
HE Supreme HDF 16 nuts is our most popular spring / summer
ration, it accounts for over 40% of our spring / summer sales
year on year. This is a high quality nut, made of high quality
raw materials. This ration will help to maximise your milk production
whilst maintaining butterfat levels at a time when the grass
will naturally decrease them.
Ingredients: Wheat, Maize, US Maize Distillers, Hipro Soya,
Palm Kernal, Sunflower, Rapemeal, Sugarbeet, Citrus, Molasses,
Megalac, Minerals & Vitamins and Fat Blend.
Excel 16 nuts is the Rolls Royce of our spring / summer range.
With Sugarbeet, Wheat and Hipro Soya making up 47.5% of the
total feed. Excel 16 has been especially formulated for spring
calvers producing more than 40 litres. The emphasis is on lower
protein and a range of quality energy sources. This ration will
help to maximise your milk production whilst maintaining butterfat
levels at a time when the grass will naturally decrease them.
Ingredients: Wheat, Maize, US Maize Distillers, Palm Kernal,
Hipro Soya, Biscuitmeal, Sugarbeet, Citrus, Soya Hulls, Megalac,
Sopralin, Molasses, Minerals & Vitamins and Fat Blend.
All the above rations are available in 16%, 18% & 20% proteins.
Discuss the perfect ration for your cows please contact the office
on 01948 661602.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MINERALS AND VITAMINS
Minerals and vitamins are essential elements of all forms of animal
and vegetable life. A shortage of any one, or both, of these elements
will retard critical development of all plants such as germination,
maximum growth, disease resistance, nutritional value etc. The same
applies to all forms of human life with the likes of rickets, scurvy,
infection, anaemia, osteoporosis etc. All due to deficiencies, as with
plants, animals play an important role in the human food chain all of
which require essential minerals and vitamins, especially intensively
reared stock, which rely entirely on the food and supplements we feed
In a recent survey by Frank Wright Trouw Nutrition, the averages of
the 2010 forage results, in the main, show decreases in mineral content
which has been a continuing trend over the past few years. It is vitally
important to utilise your own individual data, in the total ration being
offered, so that the balance of the daily mineral requirements are met.
In this way mineral and vitamin deficiencies and excesses can be avoided
and farm profitability maximised.
When comparing 2010 results to the last 3 years average the following
- Phosphorus - down 5% in grass silage and 15% in maize silage
- Cobalt - over 20% lower
- Selenium - remains steady at 0.05 mg/kg DM but 0.3 mg/kg DM is required
- Copper - lower by 3% in grass silage and 20% in maize silage
In this small example it can be seen that trends are lower in both
grass and maize silage meaning that the crop coming in from the field
is deficient. We feel that this downward trend will continue as fertiliser
prices continue to rise and less is applied on the fields. Your own
slurry and FYM make a valuable contribution to the mineral and vitamin
levels within the structure, and it makes good sense to ask your agronomist
or fertiliser supplier to carefully monitor applications of both bagged
fertiliser and your own product to ensure correct levels are being economically
Although minerals are considered a small part of a total diet they
are in fact vitally important - get the balance wrong and you could
be in big trouble. If, for example, you lose a cow with grass staggers
it will cost you a lot of money not only the value of the beast but
the value of the lactation also. It may have been avoided by the correct
application of magnesium.
On a lot of farms we visit it has been noticed that minerals supplied
by some suppliers just DO NOT deliver the correct amount
of mineral required by the modern dairy cow. We have products that have
been designed to fulfil these needs but above all you need to determine
what is required on YOUR FARM and have a BESPOKE
mineral made up for your individual situation. The dry period is the
most crucial time for ensuring that the cow and unborn calf have the
daily required intake of vitamins and minerals. This will affect greatly
the subsequent lactation and will determine the type and quality of
If you would like us to quote on your existing mineral or you wish
a customised one to be priced up please give us a ring and we will be
pleased to offer you advice.
QUALITY PRODUCTS FOR QUALITY PRODUCTION
Gareth or Rachel (Office)
01948 661602 Fax 01948 871776
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