Northern Ireland
Completing a fodder ahead of second cut silage
Kieran Mailey
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.
15 June 2022 Farmer Writes
Watch: big grass crops from a spattering of N
First-cut grass yield is as good as I ever remember, writes Derek Robinson.
Ten tips for harvesting first-cut silage
As silage season moves into full swing, Kieran Mailey outlines some tips to harvesting first-cut silage.
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.
Is reducing silage fertiliser cost-effective?
Farm finances are being crippled by higher fertiliser costs. But is it cost-effective to reduce silage fertiliser rates? Kieran Mailey reports.
15 March 2022 Management
Benchmarking – how the hill flocks did in 2021
Performance across the hill and upland flocks was positive in 2021, with higher farmgate returns cancelling out higher costs.
15 March 2022 NI Sheep Programme