Cutting winter barley now, nutritional value?

HarryB97

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I have about 5 acres of winter barley that is full of blackgrass that I want to mow rather than let it seed. The barley is out in ear but no grain fill has occurred yet. What sort of nutritional value could I hope for from it? Top quality silage like grass or more gut fill?
 
I have about 5 acres of winter barley that is full of blackgrass that I want to mow rather than let it seed. The barley is out in ear but no grain fill has occurred yet. What sort of nutritional value could I hope for from it? Top quality silage like grass or more gut fill?
the obvious answer is after you cut it get it tested and find out
 
should be similar to top quality ryegrass with a bit more protein and possibly higher ME but that depends on weather etc. Get it baled and save yourself the Blackgrass headache - its a good chance for an all round win -
Plus youve got time to broadcast in cheap black oats peas etc for a heavy protein rich silage crop in Sept, or some decent Neeps etc. COuld be your most profitable field this year.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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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