Silage supplies: If the fodder crisis has taught us anything, it is that we need to be more proactive rather than reactive. On some farms cattle will only have been housed in December, while on other farms cattle will have been housed back in late October. Either way, now is a good time to complete a fodder budget to assess how much silage remains in stock.

If a shortage is looming it is important to act now to stretch supplies or buy silage. Do not wait until the pit is empty before going to buy silage. Remember that if you buy now you are more likely to purchase good quality silage, rather than waiting until March when the seller may have already sold it. To calculate how much silage you have, follow these steps: