341: Making the best silage for dry cows

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341: Making the best silage for dry cows

Written by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Milking cows and dry cows have very different requirements from their diet. What might be high quality silage for one animal is another’s poison! As forage makes up the major part of a cow's ration it is vital that silages are made with the end use in mind, and targeted to the dietary requirements of the group.

Planning a silage strategy starts well before the mower comes out of the shed. Sward type, slurry and fertiliser applications, and timing of mowing are all vital in producing optimum silage quality that meets the requirements of the specific stock on your farm.

In this episode, Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager David Ball is joined by Matt Jackson from Penllech Bach in Wales, part of our strategic dairy farm programme, and Dave Davies from Silage Solutions, to find out how the two have been working together to ensure Matt is optimising his forage quality for his dry cows.

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This episode was produced and edited by Kate Smith, Marcomms Executive (Dairy).

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...