Getting the best preservation on crimped grain

Getting the best preservation on crimped grain

With the 2021 grass silage season proving challenging, it is worth considering crimping your cereal crops to help bridge the energy gap for winter feeding.

With the 2021 grass silage season proving challenging, it is worth considering crimping your cereal crops to help bridge the energy gap for winter feeding.


First cut grass silage is generally the base for supplying energy in most diets and with early samples showing quality lower than normal and concentrate prices high this year, making the most from locally grown feed will be important. High Moisture Crimp Grain (HMCG) is a versatile, rumen-friendly option that must be considered.


While up to now urea-based grain treatments have been popular, they are expensive to use, and recent research has raised questions over the efficacy of such products. Urea acts as a preservative and increases the crude protein content of grain stored at 12-22% moisture.


In April this year, the Farmers Weekly reported on independent research carried out by Dr Horst Auerbach, International Silage Consultancy, which showed “40-70% of the nitrogen in urea is lost to the environment through the release of ammonia and its subsequent volatilisation, especially after unsheeting the clamp during feed-out.”

Dr Auerbach further commented “Agriculture is under extreme pressure to clean up its act, and ditching urea is an easy and substantial win for anyone who’s using the product for grain preservation,”


With HMCG being harvested at higher moisture (25-40%) it can be combined earlier than most cereals, making it versatile and economic.


Treating with MAGNIVA Platinum Crimp is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option that produces a rumen-friendly fermented starch feed.


Talk to Specialist Nutrition about the benefits of locally grown cereals and how best they can be utilised in your farming enterprise


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