Cutting silage at the correct stage when grass is leafy leads to the best quality silage. Every week you delay cutting crops that are ready from mid-May to early June results in a drop of 2.5 to 3 percentage units DMD per week. This was the advice of Padraig O’Kiely as he answered questions from farmers on Tuesday on the farm of Liam Quiltern, Lixnaw, Co Kerry, at the Kelliher Feeds demonstration.

Padraig said: “Aim to cut the silage when the sward is still dominated by leaves and young stem or before the seed heads emerge fully. If the weather allows, wilting grass helps improve the digestibility of the silage made.”