September 2010 Newsletter

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Have you looked at lately?

About 8 years ago, when looking on the internet for certain information via agricultural websites and failing miserably to locate the information we required, we decided to build our own website, with some help from a very clever technical man. This has progressed over the years, and today we believe we have a user friendly site with more useful technical information available, than any other agricultural website.

Not only do we list all our compounds, and fixed blends with actual pictures of each product, we list what ingredients are used to make each product. You can then look at each specific raw material and see its analysis page, supplied from the manufacturer of each product.

We were the first company to offer a blend quote calculator, allowing you to input your blend requirements. Not only does it send it directly to us for pricing, it also supplies you the analysis of the blend you have requested. You can then check, that what you are asking for, will meet your requirements analysis wise.

We also have available an A-Z library of the products we supply, along with analysis pages and pictures of each so that you know exactly what each product should look like. This part of our website has been a real eye-opener for many, for those who have used our website pictures it has led them to question just what has been delivered to their farm, by our competitors.

For a guide to our website, anything you need to know about molasses is on our website including products and tank schemes available right down to the size of base you may need to prepare! So are Ecosyl Silage additives and applicators so you need look no further for the information you may require, this is just a fraction what is available on our website.

So if you have 10 minutes, give Gareth a call in the office on 01948 661602, and he will help you navigate through just some of the things on our website.

Our website has been built with you the farmer in mind, first and foremost. Yes it is a selling aid for GP Feeds, but we believe it can be used for so much more than that. We have tried to cover all aspect of farming, whether it is Dairy, Beef or Sheep, so there is something for everyone. So please have a look and let us know your comments, and don't forget to add to your favourites or better still make it your homepage!

Continued Beef Success

Following on from our April Newsletter, the customer from our beef testimonial has had yet more success with his beef cattle at Market Drayton this past Wednesday (1st September 2010).

His best animal, weighing around 700 kgs, and at between 16/17 months old, achieved £1.65 per kilo, with a number of his other cattle not far behind. He was absolutely delighted with this achievement, and was asked on the day by a number of farmers what he fed them! His reply was that he fed the cattle on a specific customised 18% protein blend from GP Feeds Ltd, which when mixed with barley on a 50/50 basis, produces a consistent and highly palatable 14% protein ration offered on an ad lib basis.

This is not the first time he has topped the market, and it was interesting to note that on the day, prices for finished cattle from other producers ranged from as low as 89 pence/kilo up to around the £1.20 to £1.30 mark. So who says consistency and quality doesn't pay?

Additionally for his semi intensively fed Holstein crosses, he uses a 14% customised blend, which suits this kind of animal perfectly, and again consistently achieves well above average market prices.

So whatever the system, or type of cattle, GP Feeds are able to design and produce the right product for any given situation, so why not give us a call on 01948 661602 and discuss your requirements with us.


Should you be investing in an additive for your maize silage?

Are You Still Unsure Which Product To Choose?

Start With A Very Simple Question You Need To Answer?

Is significant reduction of heating, energy loss and waste, best achieved by treating maize with a bacterial additive or is a chemical preservative more likely to produce a reliable, consistent result???

The independent work including recent research from MGA and Kingshay shows that chemical preservative treatments, keep the silage cooler for longer and the effects are more consistent than bacterial treatments. Now make your choice!!!

Ecocorn is based on the most commonly used chemical food preservative Potassium Sorbate.

As you consider your options weather to us Ecocorn or not, there are 2 facts to take on board.

1. The Typical Dry Matter Loss from the maize silage process (from field to cow) is recognised as being at least 20%. These losses at 32% Dry Matter can be represented as follows

2. Recent figures put the value of maize in a ration at around £100/tonne of Dry Matter


  • Fill clamp with long ramp in thin layers
  • Roll continuously… no dual wheels
  • Only lengthen chop under 30% DM
  • With a late crop, chop under 1cm
  • Fill in one day or sheet at night
  • Apply Ecocorn with a focus on the top half
  • Use double top and enveloped side sheet
  • Use New Clamp Film under the black plastic
  • Top weight must be consistant

Ecocorn Treatment … The Facts and Figures from Independent Trials

  • You can reduce typical Energy Losses from £90 down to £45/acre so saving £45 /acre
  • You can increase Milk Yield By £90/acre (assuming: 8t/acre:25p/L:50/50maize,grass)
  • Cost of treatment £26/acre so a 5:1 return after product cost can be achieved

So give us a call on 01948 661602 for Ecocorn, Clampfilm or just for good advice.


Are you doing 3rd cut silage if so you need to consider ECOSYL 100 'ONE FOR ALL'...

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.

If your silage is looking wet or may be contaminated you may want to consider:


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.



Fats are an important part of the modern dairy cows diet. Prices are currently on fire, due the palm oil market, we still have some product bought very well - call the office now to discuss your needs.


A specially formulated fatty acid blend processed with a selected glucose preparation into a free flowing dust-free meal. CS Plus has been designed for the high performing dairy cow, in particular for raising butterfat levels and milk yields while maintaining cow condition. The blend of protected and slow release fatty acids rich in C16, has been put together to maximise synergistic effects on net energy yield and milk quality. The unsaturated to saturated ratio is close to 3:1...


Megalac is a rumen-protected fat, combining natural plant oil (palm fatty acids) with calcium. Calculated ME = 33.25 MJ/kg DM

The calcium protects the fatty acids, preventing them from breaking down in the rumen and enabling them to pass intact to the acidic (pH 2.5) lower gut for digestion. The combination of rumen protection, high digestibility in the lower gut and high efficiency of energy use explain Megalac's high Net Energy of Lactation (NEL) value. Rumen protection also allows higher levels of energy to be fed without disrupting the rumen, whilst reducing the risk of acidosis.

Product benefits

  • Improved milk yield
  • Improved body condition score
  • Improved fertility

No other feed ingredient provides more energy for milk production than Megalac. A proportion of the energy from any feed is lost in faeces, urine and gas (methane). Inefficiencies in the use of the energy in feeds causes further losses, as heat. It's the energy remaining from total energy intake after these losses - net energy - that is used for maintenance and production purposes. Different feeds lose different amounts of energy.

Trial work by Drackley (1999) showed Megalac to be highly digestible (96%), while studies at the United States Department of Agriculture (1991) showed Megalac to have the highest measured NEL value (6.52 Mcal/kg DM) of any feed ingredient tested, meaning that very little energy is "lost".

Pressed Pulp

Early offer price now available, tonnages are limited. Contact the office on 01948 661602 to express your interest and place your orders...




Gareth or Rachel (Office)
01948 661602 Fax 01948 871776