Crimping Grain for dummies.

shumungus

Member
Livestock Farmer
Explain please the pros and cons of crimping grain and how its done. Am in the situation where I am growing some spring wheat for the first time (grassland suckler and sheep farm). Had originally planted the wheat with the intention of wholecropping it but different people have told me I'd be better to combine it and get the grain. Have no grain facilities on farm usually use blends and straights in a mixer wagon.
 

Kevtherev

Member
Location
Welshpool Powys
Explain please the pros and cons of crimping grain and how its done. Am in the situation where I am growing some spring wheat for the first time (grassland suckler and sheep farm). Had originally planted the wheat with the intention of wholecropping it but different people have told me I'd be better to combine it and get the grain. Have no grain facilities on farm usually use blends and straights in a mixer wagon.
Do you have somewhere handy to clamp the crimped grain and access to a contractor to crimp it for you and supply additive?
 

e3120

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Northumberland
The advantage of separating the straw and grain (whether dry or crimped) is that it gives you a few more tunes to play. You can feed more or less and add straw or not to alter the punch. Getting the silo well sealed and keeping roland out can be challenge with both (but you do have the option of a layer of grass atop the wholecrop). The straw after crimping can be hard work - baled and wrapped behind the combine isn't a bad option.
 
Location
Ceredigion
Which of these are vs wholecrop, wouldn't consider proper grain as no infrastructure for it.
Crimp grain is a concentrate feed for fattening stock , you have far more control over the diet than feeding whole crop.
I used to do proper grain , a total nightmare where we are , harvest battles with the weather, having to store it dry ,having to roll it over the winter , having to cope with acidosis if the eat to much
Can you get brewer's grains , I use to put that on top of the clamp before sheeting , then lime around the edges of the sheet , the grains will seal it off add to the Protien of the diet and lime will stop any rats
 
As others have said, crimping is like making your own concentrate or straight really. Only no dust, no drying and no need of a shed. Simply crimp it into a pit and sheet it up. The main challenge is vermin.

You will be combining that bit earlier so you won't be able to bale the straw the same day if that makes sense. If the weather is good you can leave the straw in the swath to dry out naturally before baling.
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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