Costs to grow grass for silage?

Chae1

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Location
Aberdeenshire
Away to put silage fert on today @£287/t focuses the mind. Grass seed over £70/acre.

Anything different anyone else doing?

Have applied digestate to some fields. They will just get cheaper straight N.

Been buying bales of silage for £8.50 a bale. Makes you wonder if worth making your own.
 

HarryB97

Member
I think grass seed is good value when you split it over 3-4 years and 2-3 cuts plus some aftermath grazing. Considering you will get much more grass growth, much higher quality feed and a better response to fert. The simplest way to reduce the cost would be to try some red clover leys then you can drop the fert apart from a little bit in the spring to give it an initial kick till it warms up. There are also the benefits in the following cereal crops, reduced weeds and a smaller cake bill from the higher quality. I would never rely on buying in silage considering what most people think good forage is...
 
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JD-Kid

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paying 25-30 cents a kg DM for standing kale for. winter feed. say a 200 kg dm round bale which is on the light side with newer balers thats 50-60 kiwi or 25-30 pound just for the. feed in the bale let alone mowing wrapping baleing etc
 

Hilly

Member
Away to put silage fert on today @£287/t focuses the mind. Grass seed over £70/acre.

Anything different anyone else doing?

Have applied digestate to some fields. They will just get cheaper straight N.

Been buying bales of silage for £8.50 a bale. Makes you wonder if worth making your own.
At 8.50 a bale it defo is not worth doing your own but can you garuntee a supply ? At that ?
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
At 8.50 a bale it defo is not worth doing your own but can you garuntee a supply ? At that ?
The recreational silage makers are declining. 2 of our main sources have retired. Still have a pit full of silage not opened.

It cost us in 2018 when we had drought and it went to £30 a bale.
 

HarryB97

Member
What is the general thinking which is cheaper big squares or 4 ft rounds. Been using a round baler but thinking of changing ...
Depends on your system but the price to buy a new top spec round baler is around 30k but a big square baler will be around 3x as much and a bigger tractor on the front and bigger repair bills etc. If you are hauling on the road a lot I would go square but personally I’m all round. Much quicker and easier for me to feed out and use.
 

Jim75

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Easter ross
Not sure what size you south guys will call it but can get either a fusion or krone multi bale (120x70)? To come in and bale here. Last yr same field/same day etc the multi bale at 5’6” long was packing approx 15% more in, in essence we were clearing fields quicker getting 1.5t more on a trailer each time over 100ac added up. Quality was noticable better in the squares come feeding out time with less waste. But tougher on sheep than cattle but just give them a wee break up with the loader when putting them out
 

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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