Sunday, 03 May 2015 11:13

Laboratory testing of maize silage

Each year, from about this time until the end of June, I am often asked to help interpret the results of maize silage feed analyses. 

Published in Farm Health
Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Silage smells and what they may mean

I grew up in town and one of my distinct memories of summer and autumn when we went to visit our farming friends was the smell of silage. 

Published in Farm Health
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:14

Retrieve those tyres from silage pits

Tyres on maize and silage stacks could get the heave-ho in favour of UK-made Secure Covers, says Secure Cover System (NZ) sales manager Peter Wrightson.

Published in Machinery & Products
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 08:22

Pink bales colour the heartland

Crop packaging company Agpac says its use of coloured silage and hay bales to raise awareness of breast cancer in rural communities is catching on in other countries.

Published in Machinery & Products
Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

Getting ready for maize harvest

There is an old saying which states “prior planning prevents poor performance”.

Published in Management
Monday, 10 March 2014 15:42

Silage wrap recycling trending upward

SILAGE WRAP recycling is gaining pace, says Plasback, which recently achieved 3000 tonnes and expects to add 1000 tonne to its total this year.

Published in Machinery & Products
Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:07

Handle early silage with care

TAKING EARLY silage this spring may help avoid a costly long-term loss of pasture quality, say rural professionals, as pasture covers nationwide reach unseasonably high levels.

Published in General News
Friday, 10 May 2013 14:58

Feeding high maize silage rates

THE DROUGHT has caused on-going pasture deficits on many farms, and in the past few weeks many farmers have asked me how much maize silage they can feed. 

Published in Farm Health

A SILAGE block cutter is helping a South Island farmer keep his silage stack fresher and has eliminated wastage, says machine importer Webbline.

Published in Machinery & Products
Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:12

Making quality silage

IF YOU are making pasture silage this spring, research shows it is worth doing the job properly. A trial in the 1997/98 season at DairyNZ’s No 1 farm compared the milksolids production of cows fed a low pasture allowance plus 5kgDM/cow/day of high- (10.4 MJME/kgDM), medium- (9.4 MJME/kgDM) and low- (8.3 MJME/kgDM) quality pasture silage in spring, summer and autumn.  

Published in Management
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