Reducing Heating in TMR’s

The current hot weather has helped to increase heating in TMR’s and forages more than normal. Heating is caused by these main reasons; a) Moisture b) Higher PH (4.2+) c) High sugar levels d) Insufficient Lactic acid e) Poor silage management f) Aerobic conditions g) High Volatile Fatty Acids including Acetic, Butyric and Clostridial bacteria. Linked to soil contaminants. All forages will […]

Adding Sugars to Forages to Help Ensilement

As outlined in my previous article about managing nitrogen use in multi cut silages (June 2018), sugar is a crucial component in forage ensilement and boosting energy supply in all forages.  Sugars are referred to as water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) in a grass plant.  Lactic acid is produced from WSC which stabilise the forage and […]

Dairy Visit – FCG Tour

This years FCG consultants summer tour looked at an existing clients Autumn & Spring block of 10,000 litre cows in Wiltshire.  The cows are currently achieving 3,500 litres from forage and 330 litres from grass.  The current operation is very restricted, and expansion is difficult.  Cows are fed three diets; a fresh M+38 litres, M+45 […]