Anybody making silage yet?

As above, been a long winter glad to be making silage as we’re almost completely out after last years dry summer in Hampshire, anybody else on it?
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Know quite a few that have cut, unsure on quantity but saw a pair of triples and a trailed in a field the other day
 

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
As above, been a long winter glad to be making silage as we’re almost completely out after last years dry summer in Hampshire, anybody else on it?
No and not keen to make it early these days as I don't think its a good idea.
We have made some in April and early may before but now I think its Better to let it see some sunshine and warm weather and get some bulk and stem in it so it will stay in the cow longer and do some good.
 

Hfd Cattle

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Hereford
No and not keen to make it early these days as I don't think its a good idea.
We have made some in April and early may before but now I think its Better to let it see some sunshine and warm weather and get some bulk and stem in it so it will stay in the cow longer and do some good.
Here we go for a mad idea ......
What would happen if I was to have blasted some Barley straw over my grass before mowing it or dribble some along the swath ,would it ,when baled up , soak up some of the moisture content and become palatable,
Just pondering 🌝
 

Sid

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Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
We had had a frost most mornings in the last 2 weeks.

Any grass grazed down tight has suffered with checked regrowth.
Silage grass is growing but slowly.

Could take some 1st cut but will wait until it warms up . Its not going to seed in this weather and it won't regrow if it stays cold.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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