Driven to make a difference with Smart Farming?
The objective of the Masters in Agricultural Innovation Support is to develop decision support tools to assist farmers in interpreting the results of water quality tests and silage analysis, and then provide advisory guidance.
If you believe you have the ability to make this difference and have a minimum 2.2 Honours B.Agr.Sc (or equivalent) degree, please submit your completed application form to email@example.com before 5pm on 30th May 2017. Queries should be directed to Beth Whitney or Henna Kinsella in UCD at 01 716 7194.
Carbery’s core mission is to create sustainable value for its farmer shareholders. Therefore it made sense from the beginning to promote the Smart Farming message to suppliers.
Sinead Treanor, Carbery’s Sustainability Manager said, “Sustainability is at the heart of all we do, it’s about economic viability and environmental responsibility in action. This is Smart Farming.”
Sinead added, “Our farmers have sent their data on energy, fuel and feed use, silage quality and the results of soil tests to the Smart Farming team. We look forward to seeing the cost saving results and sharing them, saving farmers money while simultaneously protecting the environment.”
Silage quality determines the weight gain that can be expected from animals over the winter period. In order to reduce the requirement for concentrate feed, now is the time to harvest quality grass silage for the winter time. Silage quality guidelines for different types of stock are set out in the table below:
A leafy sward with little or no stem should typically be 75-72 DMD
If the seed head is emerging/emerged silage quality will typically be less than 68 DMD
Reducing silage effluent
- If possible, wilt grass for 24 to 48 hours depending on drying conditions
- Tedding can reduce wilting time where rain is forecast
- Wilting above 33 % DM has no animal production benefits
- Wilting beyond 48 hrs should be avoided due to reduction in silage quality
- Where wet crops are being ensiled, an absorbent such as citrus pulp/ soya hulls (50-100 kg/ t of grass) could be used to reduce effluent.
- Ensure adequate sugar levels in grass before cutting- above 3%
- Fill clamp evenly and quickly
- Roll grass in clamp thoroughly to remove air
- Cover with at least 2 sheets of polythene plastic
- Seal and cover with sandbags and tyres
- Monitor cover and re-tighten as necessary
Your chance to win a nutrient management plan & lime for your farm, worth up to €2,500
To enter, watch the video below and tell us the two benefits of Smart Farming listed on the video clip. Enter at smartfarming.ie/competition