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NWF Silage Watch – 22nd September

22nd September 2021

Although there are reports of plentiful grass silage stocks for the majority of farmers, due to the unsettled weather at the start of the season, many had to delay silaging and therefore the quality of silage is variable. Understanding mineral supply from the whole diet, including forage, is important to ensure diets are balanced correctly to optimise animal health and performance. Table 1 shows mineral analyses of over 600 grass silages and given the weather conditions this silage season ranging from very hot and dry, to very wet, some samples may have contamination with soil. So, watch out for antagonists when feeding out this winter.

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NWF Weekly Grass Watch – 17th September 2021

21st September 2021

Due to more favourable conditions the average daily GB grass growth has increased this week to 40.8kg DM/ha/day. This figure is below the 6 year and 2020 averages of 47kg and 57kg DM/ha/day respectively. Majority of regions saw a slight increase or no change in daily grass growth rates. The West Midlands and Wales experienced the greatest increases at +14kg and +8kg DM/ha/day respectively.

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NWF Silage Watch – 14th September

20th September 2021

This season, over 1,000 grass silage samples have been analysed by Trouw Nutrition GB Laboratory. This provides an overview of 2021 silage season and how to plan for the coming year. Generally, 2021 silages are low in crude protein, which is not surprising at pre-cut samples which are normally around the 25% CP mark came back 17-20% CP. Some first cuts have been fiery, with low NDF however the majority of samples are higher in NDF and of lower digestibility.

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