Specialist Nutrition

Home Grown Forages and Silage Additives

Maximise the value of home-grown forage

From the Grass and Forage Seed, you sow to the silage you make, there are decisions along the way that can greatly impact the quality of your grazing and silage - both of which are directly related to the cost of inputs and production.


Choose a 5* grazing grass mixture

Specialist Nutrition is offering a brand-new range of grass seed for our farmers produced in conjunction with DLF Ireland

We have four specially selected mixtures to cater for most of the farming situations.

All our varieties are high performers on the Teagasc Grazing Trials and offer versatility with an excellent combination of high yields, quality, and persistence.

We offer a sward inspection service that helps you prioritise which fields will benefit most from reseeding and Specialist Nutrition will help you choose the grass mixture most suitable for your on-farm forage needs.



Improve the quality of your silage and maximise the value of your on-farm forage

Ensiled forages represent the largest part of most ruminants' daily intake, and the quality of silage directly affects animal nutrition and well-being.

Increasing silage quality will improve forage quality, boost production, reduce waste and take control of costs

Research done at Teagasc Grange has shown that farms can lose up to 20% of DM post-ensiling through poor management. This can be a combination of effluent losses, failure to fully seal pits, and damage to bales. Seal pits quickly and completely, and monitor regularly for damage by vermin.

Use Magniva Silage Inoculants to maximise the value of your silage


Forage Crops and Home Grown Fodder

Homegrown forage whatever the crop will always be cheaper than buying in compound feed.

Specialist Nutrition offers a full range of forage crops from high yielding harvested crops like Fodder Beet, Maize and Wholecrop to in-situ grazed brassicas. To determine which option suits best, we have to consider the window for growing the crop, rotation, site and intended use. A forage crop programme takes a planned approach and beginning with identifying the feed demands by month is the start of the decision process.

Crop Rotations

Forage crops provide a fantastic break crop and entry back into grass – they allow you to control any serious weed problems and will add vital animal manures back into your soil.

Specialist Graze HVS  - 5* Grazing

Specialist Graze HVS - 5* Grazing

Grass Seed Mixtures

Specialist Graze HVS  - 5* Grazing

Specialist Graze HVS - 5* Grazing

“ Specialist Nutrition Grazing Mix is the best combination available anywhere!

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TOP GRAZING UTILISATION

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Specialist Graze HVS

with 5* Grazing varieties

Xenon is a true grazing variety ensuring low residuals and high-quality grass throughout the seasons


Aspect has a very high leaf to stem ratio ensuring quality in the leaf throughout the grazing season


Nashota NxGen Tetraploid - NxGen varieties have a slender leaf and dense growth habit not associated with traditional tetraploids, combining the grazing ability and quality associated with tetraploids, with the dense slender leaf associated with diploids.

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Forage Crops

Forage Crops

Forage Crops

Forage Crops

We offer a full range of forage crops from high yielding harvested crops like Fodder Beet, Maize and whole crop to in-situ grazed brassicas.

To determine which option suits best, consider the window for growing the crop, rotation, site and intended use.

Maize, Fodder Beet, Sugar Beet


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Maize

Maize

Maize

Maize

Maize is a high energy, high dry matter home-grown feed.

When included in diets will increase intakes and have a positive effect on overall yields and milk solids in the dairy herd but equally increased intakes improve daily live weight gain, kill out percentage and fat score in a beef production system.

Maize can be used in spring post-calving where cows have a high demand for energy, but equally as a buffer feed where there is a feed deficit situation (drought etc.) A more consistent, cost-effective solution to a 2 or 3 cut grass silage system.


Sowing maize uncover with plastic generally costs 200€ an acre more to grow. Although it is essential in certain parts of the country, it is worth considering sowing without plastic.


Open Sow varieties are:

  1. Cheaper to grow
  2. New varieties are less risky to grow without plastic
  3. Weed control is easier
  4. More targeted use of fertiliser


So, If you have a good site and you are sowing in time, sow without plastic. Our team are available to talk you through your options.



Maize Varieties

Open Sown and Uncover Varieties

New open maize varieties deliver on fresh weight yields. On a suitable site, open sown maize can deliver equally as good terms of fresh weight yield, with newer varieties closing the gap between open and covered crops.


Open Sown Maize

Severus – 5 years in the market and gets bigger every year. Suitable to most open sites

Kroft – Very early variety – suited where starch content is a priority or a poor site

If you are sowing over 20 acres you should consider some of each variety.


Covered Maize

Konfluence – suited to a good site where yield is No.1

LG30 211 – Very versatile and consistent open variety


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Fodder Beet

Fodder Beet

Fodder Beet

Fodder Beet

Fodder Beet can produce substantial yields of high-quality fodder and is an excellent supplement to grass silage. is grown as a main root crop, which requires similar husbandry to sugar beet.

The roots are very palatable to stock and have superb feed quality.

It is grown as a main root crop, which requires similar husbandry to sugar beet. Specialist harvesting equipment is required to lift the roots and storage is required unless they are strip grazed in situ. Medium dry matter varieties tend to have a higher
percentage of root above ground and can be lifted with a top lifter and therefore have a relatively low dirt tare. These highly palatable roots can be fed whole to stock.

Why Grow Fodder Beet?

> Huge yields

> Improved milk yields

> Ideal break crop for cereals

> Palatable and nutritious

> High energy feed

> Can be grazed in situ for outwintering systems

> Clamp and store over winter

Fodder Beet

Fodder Beet Varieties

Best beets for feeding are white beets.

Choose between Brick, Blizzard or Magnum.

Brick is the highest yielder of these.

Feeding:
Fodder beet may be fed chopped or whole. The roots have a high energy but low protein content and make a good substitute for grain in rations for dairy, beef, sheep, pigs and deer. Crops can also be strip-grazed in outwintering systems.


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Sugar Beet

Sugar Beet

Forage Crops and Home Grown Forage

Sugar Beet

Sugar Beet

Gahan Sugar Beet

High Dry Matter Sugar Beet - suitable for Lift and Pit.

This is a next-generation sugar beet with high dry matter content and very high yields. This clean beet has proven very popular countrywide with both contractors & farmers, and it has also proven its ability to drive improvements in animal performance.

Gahan has very large tops, potentially protecting the crown when harvesting late.

Bolting resistance is excellent.

Mildew and rust resistance is also very good.

Gahan is also Rhizomania tolerant.

Sugar Beet Gahan Variety

Years in trial: 3years

Colour: White

Mean Fresh Yield/ Ha: 86.1

Rel Fresh Yield: 104%

Mean DM: 23.5%

Rel DM Yield: 119%

Dirt Score: 4

% Above Ground: 25%


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Silage Additive

Silage Additive

Silage Additive

Silage Additive

Silage Additive

Silage is the most important conserved forage on the farm. Making the most of your silage quality has a huge effect on your farms profitability.


Increasing silage quality will improve forage quality, boost production, reduce waste and manage costs.

Silage inoculant can preserve the nutritional value of silage and minimise waste through spoilage.

If you can increase the ME of your silage by 1 MJ, this can produce up to 4L extra of milk, depending on the feeding rate.


The controlled microbial fermentation of forages helps to preserve their nutritional value all year round.

There are two critical points in silage management when trying to achieve optimal silage quality:

1. At the time of ensiling, the main objective is to achieve rapid acidification for maximum recovery of nutrients and minimal dry matter losses.

2. At feed out, the challenge is to ensure good aerobic stability to minimise nutrient and dry matter losses through heating and limit the growth of spoilage micro-organisms, such as yeasts and moulds.


Magniva has developed a range of silage additives to address the specific challenges faced in each crop at ensiling.

By choosing the right additive, silage producers can ensure optimal preservation of dry matter and the nutritional value of their silage crops from the field to feed out, optimising performance and animal efficiency.


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Magniva Classic

Magniva Classic

Magniva Classic

Magniva Classic

Recommended for Grass

Ensiling condition - Wet Crop: Easy to ensile

Dry Matter Range: up to 26% DM

Key Features

Improves fermentation and feed value

Packaging size Tonnes Treated (TT): 25TT and 100T

Suitable for LVA: Yes

MAGNIVA INOCULANTS WITH HC TECHNOLOGY

For ease and accuracy of application, MAGNIVA forage inoculants are formulated using Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s patented HC technology, giving a more concentrated inoculant with big benefits:

• Highly soluble

• Easier and faster mixing

• Faster refilling in the field

• More consistent mix and no sedimentation problem

• Even application to the crop for more consistent silage

• Suitable for low volume applicators

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Magniva Platinum Grass Wet

Magniva Platinum Grass Wet

Magniva Platinum Grass Wet

Magniva Platinum Grass Wet

Recommended For Grass, Clover or Lucerne

Ensiling condition - Wet and challenging crops: difficult to ensile

Dry Matter Range: 20-30%

Key Features

Increased efficiency of fermentation, improved digestibility, 15 days opening option, increased aerobic stability

Packaging size Tonnes Treated (TT): 50TT and 100TT

Suitable for LVA: Yes

MAGNIVA INOCULANTS WITH HC TECHNOLOGY

For ease and accuracy of application, MAGNIVA forage inoculants are formulated using Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s patented HC technology, giving a more concentrated inoculant with big benefits:

• Highly soluble

• Easier and faster mixing

• Faster refilling in the field

• More consistent mix and no sedimentation problem

• Even application to the crop for more consistent silage

• Suitable for low volume applicators

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Magniva Platinum Grass Dry

Magniva Platinum Grass Dry

Magniva Platinum Grass Dry

Magniva Platinum Grass Dry

Recommended For Grass, Clover or Lucerne

Ensiling condition: Dryer crops

Dry Matter Range: 31-45%

Key Features

Increased efficiency of fermentation, improved digestibility, 15 days opening option, increased aerobic stability

Packaging size Tonnes Treated (TT): 50TT and 100TT

Suitable for LVA: Yes

MAGNIVA INOCULANTS WITH HC TECHNOLOGY

For ease and accuracy of application, MAGNIVA forage inoculants are formulated using Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s patented HC technology, giving a more concentrated inoculant with big benefits:

• Highly soluble

• Easier and faster mixing

• Faster refilling in the field

• More consistent mix and no sedimentation problem

• Even application to the crop for more consistent silage

• Suitable for low volume applicators

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Magniva Platinum Grass Dry (1.5)

Magniva Platinum Grass Dry (1.5)

Magniva Platinum Grass Dry (1.5)

Magniva Platinum Grass Dry (1.5)

Recommended For Haylage

Ensiling condition: Dryer crops

Dry Matter Range: >45%

Key Features

Features: Increased efficiency of fermentation, improved digestibility, 15 days opening option, increased aerobic stability

Packaging size Tonnes Treated (TT): 50TT and 100TT

Suitable for LVA: Yes

MAGNIVA INOCULANTS WITH HC TECHNOLOGY

For ease and accuracy of application, MAGNIVA forage inoculants are formulated using Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s patented HC technology, giving a more concentrated inoculant with big benefits:

• Highly soluble

• Easier and faster mixing

• Faster refilling in the field

• More consistent mix and no sedimentation problem

• Even application to the crop for more consistent silage

• Suitable for low volume applicators

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Magniva Platinum Maize Elite

Magniva Platinum Maize Elite

Magniva Platinum Maize Elite

Magniva Platinum Maize Elite

Recommended For Maize

Ensiling condition: Challenged crop (drought, rain, pests)

Dry Matter Range: 25-45%

Key Features

Increased efficiency of fermentation, improved digestibility, 15 days opening option, increased aerobic stability

Packaging size Tonnes Treated (TT): 50TT and 100TT

Suitable for LVA: Yes

MAGNIVA INOCULANTS WITH HC TECHNOLOGY

For ease and accuracy of application, MAGNIVA forage inoculants are formulated using Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s patented HC technology, giving a more concentrated inoculant with big benefits:

• Highly soluble

• Easier and faster mixing

• Faster refilling in the field

• More consistent mix and no sedimentation problem

• Even application to the crop for more consistent silage

• Suitable for low volume applicators

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Magniva Platinum Maize

Magniva Platinum Maize

Magniva Platinum Maize

Magniva Platinum Maize

Recommended For Maize

Ensiling condition: Typical crop

Dry Matter Range: 28-40%

Key Features

Increased efficiency of fermentation, 15 days opening option, increased aerobic stability

Packaging size Tonnes Treated (TT): 50TT and 200TT

Suitable for LVA: Yes

MAGNIVA INOCULANTS WITH HC TECHNOLOGY

For ease and accuracy of application, MAGNIVA forage inoculants are formulated using Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s patented HC technology, giving a more concentrated inoculant with big benefits:

• Highly soluble

• Easier and faster mixing

• Faster refilling in the field

• More consistent mix and no sedimentation problem

• Even application to the crop for more consistent silage

• Suitable for low volume applicators

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Magniva Platinum Wholecrop

Magniva Platinum Wholecrop

Magniva Platinum Wholecrop

Magniva Platinum Wholecrop

Recommended For Wheat, Barley, Triticale, Oats

Ensiling condition: Dry crop

Dry Matter Range: 30-45%

Key Features

Increased efficiency of fermentation, improved digestibility, 15 days opening option, increased aerobic stability

Packaging size Tonnes Treated (TT): 50TT and 100TT

Suitable for LVA: Yes

MAGNIVA INOCULANTS WITH HC TECHNOLOGY

For ease and accuracy of application, MAGNIVA forage inoculants are formulated using Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s patented HC technology, giving a more concentrated inoculant with big benefits:

• Highly soluble

• Easier and faster mixing

• Faster refilling in the field

• More consistent mix and no sedimentation problem

• Even application to the crop for more consistent silage

• Suitable for low volume applicators

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Magniva Platinum Crimp

Magniva Platinum Crimp

Magniva Platinum Crimp

Magniva Platinum Crimp

Recommended For Crimped Wheat, Barley, Triticale or Oats

Ensiling condition: Mature grain

Dry Matter Range: 25-40%* *moisture content

Key Features

Single application rate and non-corrosive compared to equivalent acid treatments. Increased efficiency of fermentation, 15 days opening option, increased aerobic stability

Packaging size Tonnes Treated (TT): 10TT and 25TT

Suitable for LVA: -

MAGNIVA INOCULANTS WITH HC TECHNOLOGY

For ease and accuracy of application, MAGNIVA forage inoculants are formulated using Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s patented HC technology, giving a more concentrated inoculant with big benefits:

• Highly soluble

• Easier and faster mixing

• Faster refilling in the field

• More consistent mix and no sedimentation problem

• Even application to the crop for more consistent silage

• Suitable for low volume applicators

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Specialist Graze HVS

Specialist Graze HVS

Grass Seed Mixtures

Specialist Graze HVS

Specialist Graze HVS

25% Nifty Spring Growth; leaf content; Silage yields

30% Xenon Best grazing variety tested by Teagasc

25% Aspect Super graze outs and 2nd to Xenon on grazing trait

15% Nashota Provides early spring growth and high-quality yield. Related

breeding to NxGen Xenon which is the top grazing variety.

5% Coolfin White Clover

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DLF Hybrid Silage

DLF Hybrid Silage

Grass Seed Mixtures

DLF Hybrid Silage

DLF Hybrid Silage

50% Tetragraze Perennial rye type Hybrid (Italian X Perennial). Holds leaf better in mid season than Italian. Persists better than Italian.
25% Solid Traditional Italian ryegrass with explosive spring yields.
25% Lofa Festulolium Hybrid Ryegrass are bred byDLF specifically for intensive cutting systems


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Specialist Cut & Graze

Specialist Cut & Graze

Grass Seed Mixtures

Specialist Cut & Graze

Specialist Cut & Graze

30% Nifty Spring Growth; leaf content; Silage yields
15% Triwarwic Excellent grazing and recovery on Partner Farms
15% Bowie ULTRA LATE heading 16th June, quality remains
20% Nashota Provides early spring growth and high quality yield. Related breeding to NxGen Xenon which is the top grazing variety
20% Aspect Super graze outs and 2nd to Xenon on grazing trait
5% Coolfin White Clover


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