Northern Ireland
Silage analysis points to higher feed costs
Peter McCann
Broken weather during May and June has led to a drop in first cut silage quality on Northern Ireland farms
6 July 2022 Management
BEEF 2022: high stocking rate still key to profit
Adam Woods takes a look at some of the key messages from the main stands and asks some questions around the themes on the day.
Completing a fodder ahead of second cut silage
With first-cut silage harvested, completing a fodder budget now will give a solid indication of how much ground is required for second-cut. Kieran Mailey reports.
Watch: big grass crops from a spattering of N
First-cut grass yield is as good as I ever remember, writes Derek Robinson.
15 June 2022 Farmer Writes
Ten tips for harvesting first-cut silage
As silage season moves into full swing, Kieran Mailey outlines some tips to harvesting first-cut silage.
1 June 2022 Northern Ireland
Quality not quantity in a second cut
Excellent crops of first-cut silage mean that quality should be the aim in a second cut of silage.
1 June 2022 Northern Ireland
What are the best days for silage this week?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at the national weather forecast to see what days, if any might be suitable for silage this week.,
30 May 2022 Grass & feeding
Testing silage ahead of harvesting on the Footprint Farms
Testing silage for nitrates and sugars ahead of harvesting can be useful, but factors like the weather and the availability of contractors will impact how these test results are used.
Beef Management: Controlling Docks, BDGP and silage safety
In this week's beef management notes, beef editor Adam Woods takes a look at contolling docks in grassland, BDGP stock bull requirements and safety at silage time
25 May 2022 Management
Bales from surplus grass will be harder to come by
With the level of fertiliser applied to grazing ground forecast to be down by 50% on average, it is unlikely that there will be surplus bales from grazing ground to boost supplies.
Reducing the risk of slippage in silage clamps
During a recent industry webinar, farmers were given advice on different ways to prevent clamp slippage with grass silage.
20 April 2022 Northern Ireland
Advance+ Silage Inoculant: Advance+ your Forage
This silage season will evidently be like no other. Record high fertiliser and fuel prices will ultimately result in higher silage-making costs.