BGS & SilAC to co-host “Making the Cut” – a Silage Special Interest Day
The British Grassland Society (BGS) and the Silage Advisory Centre (SilAC) are organizing a silage management best practice day on March 12th in Cheshire. A registered Dairy Pro event featuring silage experts and demo sessions to help farmers get the most out of their silage this season.
With the silage season fast approaching, UK farmers need to start thinking about ways to ensure that only top quality silage makes the cut and how to maximize their silage production and farm profitability. Anticipating this and following on from SilAC’s 2012 National Silage Farm Survey, BGS and SilAC have teamed up and organized “Making the Cut” - a silage special interest day to help farmers make the most of their silage.
Taking place on March 12th on the farm of Stuart and Andrew Yarwood of Lower Medhurst Green Farm in Cheshire, the day will comprise of a speaker programme and on-farm practical demo sessions.
With some of the top grassland management and silage production experts confirmed, sessions on the day will include: Dave Davies on silage clamp management, Rhun Fychan discussing bale silage, machine maintenance tips and live demonstrations from Kuhn Farm Machinery, film performance and wrapping best practice from Dow and Bpi minster films, and Shirley Heron from Volac discussing the use of additives in silage production.
The Lower Medhurst Green Farm has been in the Yarwood family for nearly a century. The Yarwood’s have a long history with silage, as Stuart’s father was one of the first farmers in the area to begin making silage in the 1950’s. Today, Stuart uses silage as a huge part of the winter ration for all his stock, which includes 250 pedigree Holstein- Friesian milkers and 100 young stock. With 300ha of land, the Yarwood’s make on average 2000t of clamp silage and 450 bales, producing 3,500-4000 litres of milk from forage.
This silage event is registered with Dairy Pro, current members and those who join at the event will get their attendance registered on the personal development record and achieve Dairy Pro points.
Places must be booked in advance and cost £15 for BGS members and £20 for non-members. To register, please visit www.britishgrassland.com
10:00 - Registration and sign-up
10:20 - Introduction to Silage Advisory Centre: David Craig, SilAC/Dow Chemical
10:30 - Introduction to the farm: Stuart and Andrew Yarwood
10:50 - Management factors to reduce clamp silage losses: Dave Davies, Silage Solutions Ltd
11:10 - Management factors to improve bale silage quality: Rhun Fychan, IBERS
11:30 - Additives in silage: Shirley Heron, Volac
11:50 - Q&A Session
On-Farm Practical Demo Sessions:
12:45 - Getting machinery ready for the season: Kuhn Farm Machinery
13:15 - Bale wrapping demo: Dow Chemical, bpi.minster films
13:45 - Baled silage best practice: Rhun Fychan, IBERS
14:15 - Clamp management: Dave Davies, Silage Solutions Ltd
14:45 - Closing remarks: BGS President Elect
15:00 - End