Leading animal nutrition and forage preservation experts, Volac, will be returning to exhibiting at LAMMA in 2018 (17 and 18 January 2018, East of England Showground, Peterborough) where they will be offering free guidance on improving silage-making techniques.
The company will also be offering the opportunity for farmers to register for a limited number of free, on-farm grass silage appraisals, Volac product manager, Jackie Bradley, explains.
“With the increasingly important role that good quality silage plays in efficient milk and meat production on livestock farms, we’re urging farmers and contractors to explore every opportunity for making better silage,” says Mrs Bradley.
“Even small improvements, such as spending a bit longer consolidating, can make a big difference to reducing silage losses and improving quality.
“We are offering the free, on-farm grass silage appraisals as part of our recently-launched Cut to Clamp initiative. This aims to help farmers produce consistently better silage by focusing on best practice in six key areas – cutting, wilting, harvesting, treating, clamping and feeding.
“The free appraisals are no-obligation and will take the form of on-farm consultations with one of our silage experts talking through these stages. The aim is to identify practical ways that silage feed value and keeping quality can be improved.”
Mrs Bradley says Volac became increasingly aware of the need for improving silage-making after conducting a survey of over 100 dairy farmers before the start of the 2017 silage season.
In the survey, just 19% of farmers said they felt completely in control of how well their grass silage turned out after sealing the clamp, Mrs Bradley points out.