Making the best use of Cereals this year

Making the best use of Cereals this year

Take wholecrop to make forage

Any farmer with cereals in the ground will soon need to decide what to do with the crop. Making best use of cereals can have a big impact on costs and margins this winter so lets look at the options.

On most dairy farms, cereals will have been drilled for wholecrop, but this year more factors are impacting on the decision about utilising cereals. Feed ingredient prices are generally higher, suggesting purchased feeds will generally be more expensive as we head into the winter. This situation will be made worse with the reduction in domestic cereal plantings due to the very wet autumn. This will also impact on straw prices, with supply predicted to be down on 2019.

If forage stocks are tight or if you want to increase forage intakes to offset purchased feed needs, then wholecropping is a good option. Wholecrop harvesting can be timed to produce a feed to compliment other forages on the farm and will provide a starch-based forage to include in diets before maize is harvested.
If making wholecrop use Magniva Platinum Wholecrop Silage inoculant a specifically formulated blend of homofermentative and heterofermentative bacteria to ensure a rapid initial fermentation and anaerobically stable silage even if clamps are opened just 15 days after ensiling.

PRO's

✔ Flexible harvesting for targeted feed value

✔ High DM forage with good physically effective fibre

✔ Starchy forage available earlier than maize

CON's

✘ Contractor availability

✘ No straw produced

✘ Risk of clamp losses if not treated with an effective inoculant

Specialist nutrition grass mixtures

Would you like a chat?

If you would like a chat about how our Magniva Silage innoculants and how they can help you get maximum quality and output from your Wholecrop silage

Contact

Michael Cleary on 086 8048219