KUHN’s role as a partner in the Silage Advisory Centre (SiLAC) has continued through a number of joint events over the summer and most recently at the British Grassland Society’s red clover day at Tim and John Downes’ Shropshire organic farm.
Over 50 delegates attended an event that provided a comprehensive overview of the role of red clover in livestock systems, including a focus on best practice in bale wrapping.
For a more details on the BGS red clover day or SiLAC, go to www.silageadvice.com
Some of the key take-out messages were as follows:
- Red clover silage, grown and conserved correctly in bales, can be an effective feed for finishing quality cattle without concentrates.
- New varieties offering greater longevity (5 years and longer) are becoming available and will make red clover far more valuable as a component of medium – long term leys.
- Red clover is best analysed using conventional wet chemistry methodology as NIR analysis can be misleading, particularly in relation to protein.
- Bale wrapping should be carried out using a correctly calibrated and well-maintained machine, and six layers of wrap will be more cost effective in the long run than using fewer layers.