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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Cereals

Cereal Options

Cereal Options

Summer is the time to assess forage supplies and consider if harvesting cereals as wholecrop will be beneficial to boost forage stocks and/or increase milk from forage ...

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Harvesting Wholecrop Cereals Farming Note

Harvesting Wholecrop Cereals Farming Note

Wholecrop cereals can provide an alternative option for winter forage and are a good substitute for maize in the ration. Choosing the optimum time to harvest will largely...

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Importance of Starch in the Diet Farming Note

Importance of Starch in the Diet Farming Note

With the metabolic strain high-yielding dairy cows are often under, it is very important to ensure they have adequate energy in the diet. Starch is a rich source of gluco...

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Moist Grain Options Farming Note

Moist Grain Options Farming Note

Harvesting grain destined for animal feed when it's moist rather than dry can shorten harvest times in difficult weather conditions and allow for a faster turn around in ...

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Organic Weed Control Farming Note

Organic Weed Control Farming Note

A 15% dock infestation in a good quality sward will typically result in £80/acre of lost milk per year on an organic farm and £120 on a non-organic system. Without acce...

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Sheeting The Clamp Farming Note

Sheeting The Clamp Farming Note

A well sealed silage clamp is critical to reduce DM losses, which can range from 5-18% in-silo and 1-10% at feed out. Sheeting technology has advanced in recent years, m...

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Spring Wholecrop - What are the Options? Farming Note

Spring Wholecrop - What are the Options? Farming Note

Barley or wheat? Undersow or not? Spring wholecrop can be a very useful alternative feed to maize and is very good as a break crop. There are a wide range of crops that ...

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Urea Treated Wholecrop & Alkalage Farming Note

Urea Treated Wholecrop & Alkalage Farming Note

Wholecrop can be barvested at a range of dry matters. Wholecrop silages which are over 55% dry matter can be preserved by urea treatment. Urea treated wholecrop offers ad...

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