Forage and Forage Management
Forage and Forage Management has suddenly become sexy again, maybe that’s taking it a little too far, but it certainly is taking up a lot of column inches at the moment. With pressure on prices, it comes as no surprise that making more of what you produce yourself has become a favourite topic.
I think that most you are well aware by now of the benefits of having better forage and let’s face it no one goes out with the intention of making poor silages or not get the most out of their grazing ground.
So why is it that production figures from forage have stagnated over the last 10 years. I believe a big part of the reason is planning, when our animals aren’t performing in the winter or we look at poor analysis results we tend to procrastinate, using the phrase I must do something about that, but like all busy people when the time comes there are always other priorities. The key here seems to be advice having someone who is interested enough in your farm to guide you in the right direction, but not nag you so much that you hide when they come up the farm drive.
That’s where the team at Crediton Milling in Devon can help.
The truth of the matter is that forage can be very expensive, we very often hear that it is the cheapest form of feed, but that is only the case when we grow enough of it to dilute the costs of growing it. The thing that all producers who are getting higher outputs from forage have in common is that they have higher cost, they spend more on fertiliser, more on reseeding and more on additive/ensiling. Trying to increase production from forage when it is in the clamp or bale is a little late in the day.
The focus on maximising home grown feed has always been an integral part to our message, 3 years ago we decided to take this further by creating a dedicated forage business offering a tailored service for your farm, with 4 key specialists covering Devon and the south west.
If you would like one of our specialists to come help you build a Forage Management Plan and help you implement it then please ring 01363 772212.