Sweden's milk war is now being played out on television.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SILAGE WRAP recycling is gaining pace, says Plasback, which recently achieved 3000 tonnes and expects to add 1000 tonne to its total this year.
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.
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.
A SILAGE block cutter is helping a South Island farmer keep his silage stack fresher and has eliminated wastage, says machine importer Webbline.
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.